Increasing popularity of Web-enabled consumer electronics (CE) products is a game-changer for the digital entertainment industry, according to new research from In-Stat entitled "Global Web-Enabled Consumer Electronics Devices Set to Explode."

Over-the-top (OTT) video providers such as Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and Blockbuster are increasingly offering compelling alternatives to traditional TV. Online portals such as Hulu, and YouTube, have expanded into full-length video content.

Web-enabled devices, which are a necessity to access these services, are now proliferating across device categories that include TVs, Blu-ray Players, Digital Media Adapters (DMAs), network attached storage and set top boxes.

“Most Web-enabled CE devices will be sold in developed countries," said Norm Bogen, In-Stat analyst, in a statement. "Our research shows that within five years nearly all broadband households will own at least one Web-enabled CE media device.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Worldwide shipments of Web-enabled stationary CE devices will grow more than seven-fold from their 2009 levels to over 230 million by 2013.
  • There will be over one-half billion Web-enabled CE devices in operation worldwide by 2013.
  • In 2009, there were five broadband households worldwide for every Web-enabled CE device. By 2013, this ratio will be 2:1.
  • Many cable operators worldwide are predicted to introduce BBC iPlayer-like OTT services for catch-up and on-demand program viewing.

In-Stat’s consumer survey indicates that over half of U.S. consumers with network-connected Blu-ray DVD players/recorders use Wi-Fi, while 30 percent use Ethernet.

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