600 million Wi-Fi devices in homes by 2015

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 19-01-2012

The boom in online video, in particular over-the-top (OTT) services, has resulted in a commensurate surge in the adoption of Wi-Fi–enabled devices.
According to the NPD In-Stat research report Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) by Device, Q1’12 Forecast, Wi-Fi has evolved from a nice-to-have feature to a must-have feature as it provides the connectivity necessary to support IP-based video content.

It adds that the demand for online video has meant that devices such as digital TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and all versions of set top boxes (STBs) are increasingly coming to the market Wi-Fi-connected. The upshot of this, in addition to the evolution in home networks in general, will mean, the analyst predicts, that there will likely be is that there will be nearly 600 million WLAN-enabled video devices by 2015
Looking at the prospective rise of specific products, NPD In-Stat expects that digital TVs will reach a 40% WLAN-attach rate by this time 2015 and that there will be over 28 million WLAN-enabled Blu-ray players two years earlier.
Commented Frank Dickson, Vice President of Research: “Wi-Fi is growing from being simply about getting content from a network to devices, to sharing content between devices, as Wi-Fi evolves from being a network-centric connectivity standard to one that enables peer-to-peer connectivity. New innovations such as Wi-Fi Display and Wi-Fi Direct will fundamentally change the way that content is moved and shared in the home.”