According to new research by the Yankee Group, nearly 10 million U.S. homes will be digitally remodeled with home networking in the next four years.The Boston, Massachusetts-based research firm led a home-networking forum in Santa Clara, California this week, during which executives from Microsoft, Motorola, 3Com, Sony, Lucent and Sun Microsystems explained how the digital home is moving from a big idea to a big reality."Soon, familiar products like telephones, stereos and televisions will take on a whole new life," said Yankee Group vice-president Boyd Peterson. "Today, this means consumers can access the Internet from anywhere in their homes."The big-name participants in the forum concur. "Last month's retail introduction of our first home networking products marked the first time Ethernet products were developed exclusively for home use," said Eric Benhamou, CEO of 3Com Corporation. "Serving as architects for the digital remodeling of American homes is one of our largest growth … [Read more...] about Yankee Group Foresees 10 Million Networked Digital Homes By 2003
In the battle for the “Digital home,” the right answer (unless something changes) might be neither. I’ve just finished a review of the top contenders for awards at CES, and while I can’t divulge the winner (largely because I have no idea who it is), I can say that neither Microsoft’s nor Apple’s solutions came particularly close. Granted in Apple’s case that was largely because they don’t actually attend CES and seem to believe —with some justification — that they don’t have to. Microsoft seems to think they can continue to blame their partners for failures in this space, but right or wrong, failures are exactly that; at some point, I’ll bet either Bill Gates or Microsoft’s board will say, “Enough is enough” and step in. But rather than talk about what large companies aren’t doing, let’s focus on what needs to be done to capture the digital home, and set a framework for … [Read more...] about The Battle for the Digital Home: Does Apple or Microsoft win?
Market research firm The Diffusion Group has published a new study in which it forecasts expenses for digital home entertainment will peak in 2008—and decline rapidly after 2012—as competition and commoditization level the market. And moreover, TDG predicts service and franchise operators will be the big winners in the long run. “The majority of digital home entertainment service revenue will continue to be controlled by ‘clustered’ service providers such as Comcast and Verizon,” notes Dr. Predrag Filipovic, author and director of TDG’s Digital Home Solutions group, in a release. “Although consumers will have more choice in terms of the providers they use for specific entertainment services, only a small share of the revenue and profit pool will shift to alternative or non-facility-based providers.” In a nutshell, Filipovic forecasts that the deployment of broadband and in-home networkng will create a shift towards in-home … [Read more...] about Digital Home Entertainment Costs to Peak?
With the coming of the “Digital Home” generation, the Acer Value Labs are striving to develop innovative Information Entertainment Technology (IET). Following more than a year’s effort, informationtechnology (IT) products have been integrated with consumer electronics products using a wireless home network to share the information and digital content – and fulfil the Digital Home vision. Users are being faced with more and more digital content; however, the digital content in information technology products (such as PCs, notebooks, PDAs and servers) is not easily merged with the information generated by entertainment products (such as digital cameras and digital camcorders), since technology barriers exist between these two realms. The maturation of home networking technology has made sharing digital content between IT products and consumer electronics products possible. In the past, digital content could not be moved between these two realms; nowadays, … [Read more...] about Acer launches Digital Home products
Comcast takes a lot of heat for its often frustrating X1 service. It seemingly has a mind of its own sometimes and the required wireless gateway has poor range and bandwidth issues. The nation’s largest cable company looks to be finally addressing that by debuting the Digital Home — a new gateway that is part of its strategy for 2017 and beyond.The new gateway is a big step forward for the company and will be mesh-networking compatible. It’s a clear shot at mesh networking options like Eero and, with nine gigabits per second of bandwidth available, is key to the company’s strategy of delivering one gigabit per second internet across its entire service area.Most important though is the new smart home capabilities. The gateway also acts as a smart hub, allowing customers to network their Wi-Fi connected smart devices together and manage them either through a central app or through your television.Comcast is working to make the process of adding these devices as … [Read more...] about Comcast’s Digital Home offers an improved gateway with smart home capabilities
PORTLAND, ORE – DECEMBER 23, 2013 – Today, Digital Trends announces that it has been selected by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® as the official “Digital Home” media partner at the 2014 International CES®, January 7-10, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV. As the media partner for Digital Home, Digital Trends editors and writers will be on site at CES delivering breaking news of the hottest electronics and appliances arriving in 2014. Digital Trends editors have also served as members of the innovation committee responsible for choosing this year’s most exciting Digital Home products.In conjunction with CES, Digital Trends will launch its new Digital Home section called “DT Home,” a one-stop guide for anyone who wants to live in a home that’s constantly made more efficient and cool through technology and design. By providing in-depth product reviews, daily discoveries of interesting devices and practical design advice, DT Home … [Read more...] about Digital Trends named official “Digital Home” media partner for 2014 International CES
Apple has taken another step closer to realizing its vision of the digital home with the introduction of a high-fidelity speaker system for the iPod.It has been compared to a boom box because it can be powered by six D-cell batteries. Other elements -- it can be controlled by the Apple Remote, for instance -- make the device seem more like a typical home stereo.Apple is not reticent in characterizing its latest product, though. "iPod Hi-Fi's unrivaled acoustic performance and stunning design is at home in any room in the house," said CEO Steve Jobs.Both Apple and Microsoft like to talk about the digital home or digital lifestyle when rolling out new products. In many respects, that vision is already a reality. Millions of consumers have become addicted to digitized music and entertainment as well as mobile computing.The missing link has been a way to make those experiences ubiquitous throughout the home, Joe Wilcox, senior analyst at Jupiter Research, told MacNewsWorld."If you have … [Read more...] about iPod Hi-Fi Brings Digital Home Closer to Fruition
This week's column is inspired by my experience last week in Miami where I moderated at AMD's Global Vision Conference. A number of distinguished speakers participated and we spoke at length on the digital home.On my panel I had Dave Alles, Microsoft's eHome division chief; Ameer Karim, Director of Worldwide Product Marketing with HP's consumer PC division; Bob Lambert, Senior VP, Worldwide Media Technology and Development at Disney; and Michael Markman, Senior Director, Marketing from Digeo Moxie. We chatted about problems with the current market, what needs to be fixed, and what we're likely to see in the future.I was at IBM when Louis Gerstner, IBM's previous CEO, took over. He was pounded because he didn't seem to have a vision. He referred to it as the "Vision Thing" and argued that he needed to get the company operating on a day-to-day basis again before he could take time thinking about the future. Even then I was not convinced that it feasible for a leader to make such a … [Read more...] about OPINION Anticipating the Video iPod and Envisioning the Digital Home
This is the final installment of my three-part series covering this year's Consumer Electronics Show, so this week let's focus on the future.There are only a few companies I see as having the breadth to succeed in the battle for the digital home, among them HP and Sony. HP stands out slightly ahead of Sony because it even has networking products. Apple, however, which should trail a large list of companies that includes Samsung, LG Electronics, Thompson Electronics and about every other large consumer electronics company, is easily out-executing all of them and may end up owning this market with what I see as an easily beatable solution, because these larger companies just can't execute.What would an Apple-beating digital home solution look like?Despite what vendors seem to believe consumers don't want to care about the ingredients in their consumer electronics products. Do you know or care who supplied the chip or the hard drive in your iPod? I doubt that you care about anything … [Read more...] about OPINION Who and What Will Win the Race for the Digital Home?
The era of the networked home has finally arrived, as sales are soaring for Internet-Protocol-enabled multimedia devices.According to a new study by Boston-based Strategy Analytics, sales in the U.S. of IP-enabled devices rose by more than 500 percent to 16 million units in 2005, as consumers rushed to purchase digital video recorders, entertainment PCs and gaming consoles.The report, entitled "Quantifying the Digital Home Opportunity," forecasts that by 2010 American households will own more than 330 million IP-enabled devices that will be able to share and access music and video across networks.Major technology purveyors, like Cisco/Linksys, Intel and Sony, are heavily promoting a new era of digital consumer electronics centered on the connected home network. Early success stories include portable gaming devices from Sony and Nintendo, Microsoft's Xbox 360 and TiVo's latest DVRs."Consumer technology vendors who ignore the fundamental industry shift toward IP-enabled devices will be … [Read more...] about Study: ‘Digital Home’ Device Sales Grew by 500 Percent in 2005