The popularity of OTT video has created a demand for Wi-Fi in the entertainment cluster of home living rooms. Increasingly, home video entertainment devices such as digital TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and all versions of STBs are coming to the market Wi-Fi-connected, so the devices can connect to the web and to each other. In-Stat research shows that the evolution of the home network will drive the number of in-home video WLAN-enabled video devices to approach 600 million in 2015.
“Wi-Fi has moved from a nice-to-have feature to a must-have feature as it provides the connectivity necessary to support IP-based video content.” says Frank Dickson, Vice President of Research. “It is important to note though that 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.”
Research findings include:
– Digital TVs will reach a 40 per cent WLAN-attach rate by 2015
– In 2014, mobile hotspots will have an 802.11n attach rate of 98 per cent
– Over 28 million WLAN-enabled Blu-ray players will ship in 2013
– The 802.11ac standard will achieve an attach rate in mini-notebooks of 23 per cent in 2015