20M Internet TVs by 2011

CE Manufacturers are Facilitating the Connected Home Dream

In their July 20, 2009 press release ABI Research claims; “Television manufacturers will ship about 20 million wireless-networked TVs globally in 2011.”  According to In-Stat, quoted in the same release; “Consumers will spend about $2.9 billion on video content that’s streamed from the Internet to TVs in 2013.”  What they don’t predict is how these 20 million TVs will actually connect to the Net.

Consumer Confusion: If consumers are really going to watch online video content on their living rooms TVs they need to know how to connect.  That’s where the Multi-Standard Home Gateway comes in to the picture. The Multi-Standard Home Gateway is a residential CPE device designed to simplify home network connectivity.  It uses the latest industry technical standards for device discovery and display.   This device could also include the features and functions of a Coax – Ethernet Adapter (bridge) which could differentiate it from the existing 802.11n Wireless IPTV and Cable Gateways.  The Motorola Surfboard SBG941 comes close, but has 802.11 b/g instead of n, DOCIS 2 and does not appear to be DLNA certified.  Netgear’s CGD34NT 802.11n Wireless Gateway is another good starting platform.  But it still could use some additional features.

Key Features for Success:

  • On Screen User Guide uses the TV remote
  • Automatic Web based provisioning and connected device discovery
  • 3D Graphics ‘Moving Wall’ file display for all video, photo and music files
  • Downloadable Widget Apps for instant weather, stocks and local traffic reports
  • Netflix® and Amazon Unbox® video download services built in
  • Downloadable TV Guide® Electronic Programming Guide
  • Software PVR to utilizes USB or NAS Drive
  • Interface Connections:  Wireless 802.11n, Coax, HDMI, USB and LAN
  • DLNA, DOCSIS 3.0, MoCA, Bluetooth, UPnP and WiFi certified

Competition: The strongest candidates for these devices are the usual suspects:

  • 2Wire (alliance with AT&T and Alcatel-Lucent)
  • Actiontech (Verizon and Quest supplier)
  • Cisco – Linksys (retail) or S/A (MSOs)
  • Entone Technologies (small MSOs)
  • Motorola (MSOs)
  • Netgear (retail and some MSOs)
  • ZyXel

A “Simple Device” with a Simple Marketing Approach: Complicated technology should only be communicated to the average consumers through the use of easy to understand use cases.

  • I have pictures (or videos) on my phone, how can I show them on my TV?
  • Show me how to print my phone photos so I can display them on the bulletin board at work.
  • Can I send the music I downloaded on my PC to my phone so I can listen to it anywhere?

When consumers discover one ‘ah ha’ feature of the Multi-Standard Home Gateway they will begin to understand its true value. It should just work, like turning on your TV.

Keep pushing forward

Jeff Vinson



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2 Responses to “20M Internet TVs by 2011”

  1. Laurie Says:

    You describe the product I am looking for. When/how will it be available in UK?

  2. Max Morales Says:

    Hi Jeff,

    I read your blog after sending a quick reply to your question via LinkedIN.

    One of my companies, IP-NET, has been pushing forward on the exact points you mention. We have developed an open standards based Hybrid DVB-C/IPTV/DOCSIS STB which includes a built in DOCSIS cable modem an an external Ethernet loop, through which the networkable home media center components (TVs,Game Consoles, Blue-Ray players, etc.) can be connected. In addition we also provide a WiFi option also built in the STB.

    One of the products in our Road Map is what I call the Residential Networking Module, which can work together with our STB or with the IP-NET Residential Gateway (Cable Modem + SIP/Packetcable eMTA with battery back-up). The Residential Networking Module will provide home networking via WiFi, HPNA, HCNA, MOCA, Home Plug, and G.hn standards, in addition to supporting DLNA between our Hybrid STBs in a Master/Slave configuration, in which the STBs, share access to the network, the PVR HDD, NAS devices and CAS elements.


    Max Morales

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