In keeping with my Media Center Extender review (in conjunction with Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005) that I blogged today, I just got this press release today, which discusses the growth that Gigabit Ethernet video routers will bring. (Some people prefer to call them "Media Gateways") It's interesting that in this digital age how important organizing and gaining easy access to your digital media has become. This research report/press release below is indicitive of that. The report mentions the convergence of voice (VoIP), video (including HDTV), and other media.
Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers Bringing the Digital Revolution to the World
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., November 29, 2004 - The market for Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers is on the verge of rapid growth due to their ability to deliver a new generation of digital TV services, according to In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com). This market, at about $63 million worldwide in 2004, will soar to more than $930 million during 2008, the high tech research firm reports.
"The capabilities of Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers are expanding to support advanced audio and video compression methods, and widening their features and functions to provide fully converged Internet Protocol networks that are capable of delivering an extended range of multiple services that go beyond the so-called 'triple play' of just video, voice, and high speed data," says In-Stat/MDR analyst Gerry Kaufhold. "These multi-play services include HDTV, local ad insertion, network PVR, switched broadcast, games-on-demand, and future services that will be developed for digital TV."
A recent report from In-Stat/MDR also found:
Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers are attractive to service providers that must deploy ever-increasing HDTV services over an infrastructure with finite bandwidth resources. Using Intelligent Video Network approaches, a Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure helps network operators future-proof their systems to deliver HDTV services for many years.
Gigabit Ethernet video routers make it easy for a digital TV service operator to segment its large systems into distinct zones of operation that permit a single headend to provide customized video programming services with unique programming choices for each zone. Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers greatly improve the business case for Video-On-Demand (VOD) and all other customized video, voice, data and other services.
Because Internet Protocol and Gigabit Ethernet are already widely deployed in the corporate, business, and government worlds, the long-term growth opportunities for Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers are very positive.
The report, "Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers Enable "Multi-Play" Services For Cable and IP TV Delivery Systems" (#IN0401261MB),contains analysis and regional forecasts for four categories of Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers from 2003-2008. The report also contains descriptions of vendors and their strategies, and examines the complexities in managing bandwidth in a digital headend. To purchase this report, or formore information, please visit: http://www.instat.com/catalog/Ccatalogue.asp?ID=39 or contact Erin McKeighan at 480-609-4551; firstname.lastname@example.org.The report is priced at $3,295.00 U.S. Dollars.