Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

Summary: Wi-Fi has now evolved from an extra, nice-to-have feature on entertainment devices to being an obligatory function that consumers expect.

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Home entertainment devices with integrated Wi-Fi support are expected to reach 600 million units shipped by 2015, according to new research from NPD In-Stat.

In-Stat's vice president of research, Frank Dickson, asserts in the report that this is because Wi-Fi has evolved from an extra feature to a "must-have" function on entertainment devices:

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.

The report asserts this covers everything from computers (which have had built-in Wi-Fi support for some time now) to Blu-ray players, digital picture frames, and even speaker systems.

Although the report also includes televisions in this regard (and this might definitely be the case in 2015), there are still many consumers out there that are willing to forgo Wi-Fi on televisions -- mainly because HDTVs without Internet connectivity are pretty darn cheap these days.

However, as Internet-connected TVs become cheaper to produce and infiltrate the consumer world a bit more, these higher-end screens will likely come down in price as well. Not to mention that content providers (especially ones like Netflix and Hulu along with many TV app developers) will be pushing for and depending upon the sale of as many Wi-Fi-enabled TVs and other home entertainment products as possible.

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Topics: Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

    I hope Apple learns how to develop some decent wifi capability. My experience with iPads has shown me that I've been spoiled with MS OS' capability in this regard. I have to turn off/on wifi constantly just to have it connect to the preferred network. Glad I was only setting those up for some executives. Their only complaint? Flaky wifi :)
    kstap
    • RE: Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

      @kris_stapley@... I use iPad and iPhone and never have issues.... check your router..
      Hasam1991
  • RE: Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

    Has anybody consider the problem of radio interference with so many WI-FI devices in the same area. I used to use Wi-FI to connect to my router and stream video to my PC in my apartment complex but had gone back to Ethernet because of congestion and lost connections.
    Richardbz
    • RE: Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

      @Richard B - It's a common problem, and one that can often be fixed if you know what you are doing. The issue is that most wifi vendors do not provide any documentation or support, so you have to go out and buy a networking book to understand and troubleshoot the issues.
      terry flores
      • RE: Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

        @terry flores

        "It's a common problem, and one that can often be fixed if you know what you are doing."

        One that maybe can be fixed, if you have enough clear channels available. If there are too many routers in the area, good luck.
        CobraA1
  • Wi-Fi is also being driven by spyware, oops "Customer Experience" metrics

    More and more consumer devices are using WiFi connections to phone home and report usage details to CE vendors and third-party data aggregators. Much of it is done without any disclosure, or with obscure notices buried deep in EULA legalese. Vendors talk about using such measures to "enhance the customer experience," but when it comes to passing individual song titles being played over your internal network, you have to wonder how it benefits YOU the consumer to have this information passed back to Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, or Sony.
    terry flores
  • RE: Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

    some people are scared of their wireless electrical meters and returned them
    http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/stop-smart-meters-film-trailer/
    I wish I was making this up. The people funded to do the community mesh network took the money and then said wifi is a public health hazard.

    There is neither evidence for nor a plausible mechanism for danger from low levels of RF.
    bealstreet
  • RE: Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

    Well, having it available and using it are two different things. I don't see very many people actually using the WiFi on things like BluRay and TV, even when it's available.
    CobraA1
  • RE: Wi-Fi has become 'must-have' feature on entertainment devices

    I'm a computer repair guy and the amount of biz WiFi problems creates for me is as almost as much as viruses these days...
    mattsim1976