Home Media Servers and Entertainment Hubs - a new report from ABI Research
Here is a description of this report taken from ABI Research's website:
"This study examines the positioning of four main device categories--the PC, the set-top box, consumer electronics and network storage (and their respective industries)—as the home media server. The PC market is shifting towards casting the PC as the central media hub, with Microsoft Media Center, Intel Viiv and AMD Live initiatives all key to this movement. The DLNA standard, built upon UPnP, has given life to consumer electronics vendors looking to create networked entertainment products, including devices such as media servers. Set-top box providers and their video delivery partners are positioned to have their set top box as the primary delivery server for pay TV content, but are also incorporating technology for long-tail content as well."
This same report also claims that:
"the PC media server market alone will grow from $3.7 billion in 2006 to $44.8 billion by 2011 as mainstream PCs become fully functional media servers".
Michael Wolf, the principal analyst behind this report, cleverly places TVersity in the "PC Media Server Market" section under "After-Market PC Media Center/Server Software for Consumers". It is interesting to see that the other companies mentioned under the same category are all coming from a seemingly different area and yet it is clear that all are set to evolve to a full featured PC Media Server and hence are correctly grouped togeter in this report.