Connected consumer electronics devices, which have the ability to connect directly to the Internet or to a home network and can deliver IP-based video content, will continue to grow rapidly. According to a research report by NPD In-Stat (The Global Market for Connected and Smart CE Devices), the connected device installed base will grow from 256.8 million units in 2011 to 1.34 billion units in 2016.
As the result of the success of digital TVs, satellite STBs, video game consoles, and Blu-ray disc players and recorders, CE devices are no longer dumb devices that exist at the edge of the network to provide specific functions. The CE devices are now intelligent devices at the edge of the network that can connect consumers to new stores of content and engage them in new digital experience. This shift is having a big 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.
Global Market for Connected and Smart CE Devices Research Findings
- 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
The Global Market for Connected and Smart CE Devices (#IN1204884RC) report forecasts the market through 2016 for connected devices in six regions: North America, Caribbean and Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific. This report also includes a forecast of smart devices, a subset of connected devices that have the ability to access content from outside a controlled, walled garden. Smart devices are also forecast through 2016 in the same six regions and for the same CE devices. Forecasts are for shipments and installed base by device and by region.