Net connectivity implications clear as broadband gateways move to living room

The Web-enabled connected TV seems to be winning the home gateway battle, according to research developed by The Diffusion Group (TDG), "The In-Home CE Ecosystem of U.S. Broadband Households."

Tongue-twisting title aside, the report details the steady migration of broadband routers and gateways from the home office to the living/family room and concludes that "the home network is becoming less about data-centric activity centered on PCs and printers and more about piping Web-based digital media into the home."

It is, author Michael Gleeson suggests, "a tipping point, of sorts, a time at which possibilities of net-connected in-home media began in earnest to move from dream to reality."

The report notes that in 2006 only 18 percent of gateways and/or routers were located in family/living rooms while 39 percent were in home offices and the rest were who knows where (the report summary doesn't say). Today two-thirds of the devices are in the family/living room and only 26 percent are in the home office.

For more:
- see this report summary

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