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Wired for Home Entertainment

July 7, 2006 - 0 Comments

Study Says Households Ready to Get ConnectedMarket research company Parks Associates says home networking adoption is about to take off as broadband adoption grows and easier-to-manage interfaces are made available. The number of U.S. households with a connected entertainment network will reach 30 million by 2010, up from four million currently, according to study by the company.”Broadband proliferation is a fundamental driver of connected entertainment opportunities inside the home,” Harry Wang, research analyst at Parks Associates, said in a statement.”But more importantly, better network configuration tools and easy-to-navigate user interfaces will assuage consumers’ concerns about setup difficulties or application glitches.”CNET, in a story about the survey, cites Cisco as a company anticipating the trend.”œSince 2003, the networking giant has acquired home networking gear provider Linksys, cable set-top box manufacturer Scientific-Atlanta, and Kiss technology, a maker of network-based DVD and DVR players,” the CNET story, by Catherine McCarthy, (no relation), with a contribution by Marguerite Reardon, said.”œCisco said its home-networking vision is to offer devices that can be connected to the Internet, as well as to other entertainment gadgets in the home,” McCarthy wrote.”And it plans to offer the networking equipment, such as wireless routers, used to shuttle IP packets of music, video or interactive games throughout the home.”

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