Digital Media Adapters, Players, Receivers Emerge as Competitive New Connected Home Product Category

A new class of devices, Digital Media Adapters (DMAs), Digital Media Players (DMPs), and Digital Media Receivers (DMRs) is emerging in the connected digital home, reports In-Stat DMAs, DMPs and DMRs allow consumers to connect audio players, televisions, PCs, and other devices to the Internet and to digital storage devices for media recording and playback.

In-Stat has identified over 40 competitors offering products in the segment.  Similarly, a range of semiconductor competitors have positioned processors and Application Specific Standard Products (ASSPs) targeting the emerging equipment market.

Early competitors were primarily either networking equipment companies or small start-ups.  But now a much broader range of device manufacturers are positioning competitive devices.  However, the biggest challenge to this market category is the proliferation of networked game consoles, Internet-connected set top boxes, networked DTVs, and networked Blu-ray devices that support web-to-TV video and other services.

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Nearly 4.5 million DMAs, DMPs, and DMRs will be sold worldwide in 2013.

  • Chip providers competing in the market include Intel, NXP, Sigma Designs and Texas Instruments.

  • Over 1/2 of US home network users are at least somewhat interested in a consumer electronics product that enables Online Video Services, including streaming and downloading.

This Market Alert is drawn from the In-Stat research,  Networked Digital Media Adapter/Player/Receiver Market Gets Crowded (#IN0904621RC), which covers the worldwide market for networked DMAs, DMPs, and DMRs. It includes:

  • Forecasts of worldwide DMA, DMP, and DMR units sold through 2013.
  • Segmentations for audio vs. A/V products, products that are enabled with Wi-Fi (Ethernet plus Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi only) vs. those with wired LAN only.
  • Product definitions, market trends, and vendors.
  • A detailed product matrix for selected vendors is also included with 28 columns of features identified, including which CPUs are used in various models.
  • Results and analysis of an In-Stat North American consumer survey regarding online-capable CE devices.
  • Summary of recent market announcements by major players: Western Digital, Seagate, Syabas, Sonus, Asus, Netgear, QNAP, and Roku.
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This research is part of In-Stat's Connected Digital Home service. The connected digital home with home networking offers a game-changing opportunity to those firms who can meet the complex challenges of global consumer demands. The Connected Digital Home Service provides comprehensive analysis of the worldwide home networking market and the connected digital home from in-home infrastructure to networked media devices, including equipment, management, silicon, applications, and consumer perspectives. This service provides invaluable insights in areas such as wired and wireless home network use and hardware, alternative coax/phone wire/powerline network mediums, multimedia and entertainment networking, networked set-top boxes, digital media adapters/players/receivers, consumer network drives, network management, networked home automation, home network silicon, routers, residential gateways, and more.

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