North America, many of the leading operators are moving to
the server/client model, with the Whole Home DVR
service offered by DirecTV, Comcast and others as the first
of residential gateways and thin client boxes that act as
receivers are miniscule at present, but their numbers will
grow dramatically as cable and wireless operators begin to
roll out services offering broader connectivity and seamless
access, the report notes.
to IHS, the worldwide gateway and thin client shipments are
projected to reach 4.2 million units in 2012, up from just
345,000 last year and a mere 1,000 in 2010.
then are expected to continue to climb quickly during the
next two yearsrising to 6.7 million units in 2013, to
10.4 million in 2014 and to 12.6 million by 2015.
the set-top box has been the heart of the home media environment,
acting as the homes primary media interface to the outside
world and also connecting to the network and the TV, the residential
gateway will be the next step up as it is able to link together
an even wider range of devices, said Jordan Selburn,
senior principal analyst for consumer platforms at IHS.