Wi-Fi use around home is almost universal for PC and telecoms equipment, and of course tablets, but new research says that Wi-Fi is increasingly coming to TV sets.
A new report by In-Stat predicts that by 2015 nearly 80 million TVs will be enabled with the Wi-Fi Direct standard joining the other major CE devices that have adopted the technology.
One of the main target areas for the increasingly adopted standard is wireless display of images and video across homes meaning the main TV will be a key platform. Indeed such connectivity fits in perfectly with the ever more popular concept of the connected home
The analyst calculates in Wi-Fi Direct: It's All About the Software that Wi-Fi Direct-enabled device shipments will reach 173 million in 2011. Looking forward it expects that every PC, CE device and mobile phone that ships in 2014 with Wi-Fi silicon will be Wi-Fi Direct-enabled.
Explained Brian O’Rourke, Research Director at In-Stat: “Wi-Fi is already doing very well, with increasing penetration rates throughout PCs, PC peripherals, CE devices, and mobile phones. As a peer-to-peer networking technology, Wi-Fi Direct may be the most help in CE, where Wi-Fi’s impact has been more modest than in the PC world. It is in the CE market, particularly portable CE devices, where Wi-Fi Direct may have the most added value.”