Wednesday, May 12, 2010

RT #Game Consoles Become Main Household Internet Portal

As PCs fade in significance, in comparison to iPod, iPhone, iPad and all the various gaming consoles, the main Internet connection has become the video game console. Look for homes to increasingly be centered around gaming consoles over the rest of the decade. R.C.J.

Here's what iSuppli says: Video game consoles in 2009 represented 52 percent of all living room consumer electronic devices shipped with embedded broadband capability...While the battle for the connected home has focused mostly on the competition among telco, satellite and cable Set-Top Box (STB) providers, video game consoles quietly have emerged as the largest category of Internet-enabled platforms besides PCs that are competing to dominate the living room, according to iSuppli Corp...With consoles now allowing for Internet Video-on-Demand (VOD) services to be streamed to televisions, the devices compete not only with STBs providing Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) but also with satellite providers, telcos and cable services. The unique nature of video game consoles could give them a strong chance of winning the battle for the connected home...
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