This report examines the technology and market trends that are dictating the evolution of the digital STB.
It includes an overview of home networking trends, PVR capabilities, a view at current commercial or pilot rollouts, and forecasts through 2006.
Rationale for Report
As more and more IP-based devices find their way into U.S. homes, the search is intensified to find a single device that can both interface with the wide-area network and manage the distribution of information and content to devices connected to the local or home-area network.
While many different platforms are capable of delivering this level of functionality (for instance, hubs, routers, bridges, even set-top boxes), there is no consensus as to which of these devices will become dominant. However, given the pervasive availability and consumer acceptance of the set-top box platform, many observers believe that the set-top will emerge as the device of choice for delivering networked IP-based services to and through the home.
Published 4Q, 2002