Digital TVs, Blu-Ray Players and Portable Media Players Drive Adoption of Wi-Fi in Consumer Electronics

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Wi-Fi is becoming a must-have feature across a range of devices, as network connectivity migrates into the living room, reports In-Stat. Digital televisions, Blu-ray players, and portable media players (PMPs) are among the leading categories in terms of total volume and growth. Shipments of digital televisions with Wi-Fi will grow more than ten-fold, from under 5 million units in 2009, to more than 60 million units in 2014. Driving this shift is both unit growth of the digital TVs, as well as Wi-Fi attach rates that increase from just 4% in 2009 to 33% in 2014. Across all stationary consumer electronics, which includes set top boxes, game consoles, Blu-ray players, digital picture frames, among other devices, Wi-Fi-enabled devices will exceed 200 million units by 2014.

“Wi-Fi swept through the computing market, driven by the need to access and share broadband connectivity,” says Frank Dickson, In-Stat’s Vice President of Research. “That same consumer desire is now resulting in Wi-Fi adoption across the entire range of connected consumer electronics, driving significant Wi-Fi volumes. The ubiquitous adoption of Wi-Fi in consumer electronics is Wi-Fi’s manifest destiny.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Mobile handsets will remain the highest volume Wi-Fi-enabled device throughout the forecast period.
  • Internet Tablets with Wi-Fi, including Apple’s iPad, will grow to nearly 50 million unit shipments by 2014.
  • The Wi-Fi device Total Available Market (TAM) will exceed 3 billion unit shipments by 2013.

Recent In-Stat research, Wi-Fi in Consumer Electronics: New Devices Discover Wi-Fi (#IN1004529WS), covers the global market for CE devices with Wi-Fi. This research provides:

  • Five-year forecast for Wi-Fi CE devices
  • CE device shipments and Wi-Fi attach rates, segmented for:
    • Gaming Consoles
    • Digital TVs (DTVs)
    • Set-Top Boxes (STBs)
    • Personal Video Recorders (PVRs)
    • VD Players (includes Blu-ray)
    • Media Adapters
    • Printers
    • Multifunction peripherals
    • Handheld Games
    • Portable Media Players (PMPs)
    • Digital Cameras
    • Digital Video Cameras (portable camcorders and IP network cameras)
    • Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
    • Mobile PCs
    • Portable CE Devices
    • Cellular Handsets
    • WLAN Routers
    • Residential Gateways
    • Standalone Access Points
    • External Clients

For a free sample of the report and more information, please contact Elaine Potter at: or (480) 483-4441