In 2011, the global market for household consumer electronics (CE) continued its rapid movement toward “connected devices,” - devices that have the ability to connect directly to the Internet or to a home network and can deliver IP-based video content.
Driven mainly by the success of digital TVs, satellite STBs, video game consoles, and Blu-ray disc players and recorders, new NPD In-Stat. Its research forecasts that the installed base of connected devices will grow from 256.8 million units in 2011 to 1.34 billion units in 2016.
"CE is no longer about ‘dumb’ devices that exist at the edge of the network to provide specific functions, but rather about ‘intelligent’ devices at the edge of the network that can connect consumers to new stores of content and engage them in new digital experiences.
This simple fact is having a profound impact on the development of the digital media and entertainment industry, which clings to the old practices of using networks to control the user viewing experience," said Norm Bogen, VP of Research, NPD In-Stat.
The research findings include:
• The global installed base of “smart devices” will have a CAGR of 52.6% from 2011 to 2016.
• Video game consoles will lead the market in "smart devices" rising to 36.7 million units in 2016.
• The installed base of connected media devices shipped to Eastern Europe will reach 79.2 million devices in 2016.
• Asia Pacific will account for 37.1% of CE devices shipped worldwide over the forecast period.