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, TV.com 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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