Nearly two-thirds of US viewers want to watch Internet-based streaming video on their home HDTV, according to research.

The results endorse the growing trend for set manufacturers’ to launch internet-connected HDTVs, as was evidenced at last month’s CES.

In-Stat’s consumer survey reveals that 64 per cent of US respondents are "somewhat, very or extremely interested" in watching net-based streaming video on their household TV.

However, the study found that few home network users currently have permanent connections between their consumer electronics devices and their home networks.

Those that are most commonly connected are game consoles.

However, the report said that as more connected devices become available it is Blue-ray DVD players/ recorders that will emerge as the leading connected device.

Joyce Putscher, In-Stat analyst, said the primary reasons that more devices are not connected to home networks are:

  • consumer awareness/knowledge
  • availability of network-capable CE products on retail shelves
  • prices of network-capable CE products
  • competition with non-network-capable CE products (like docking stations)
  • lack of perceived need by some consumers

Among the other findings were the following:

  • Almost 43% of the Windows PCs used in North American homes in June 2008 had Media Center functionality, up from 32% in 2007.
  • The worldwide media server-capable device market is estimated at $50 billion in 2008.
  • A proliferating set of competitors are offering a range of Digital Media Adapter/Player/Receiver (DMA/DMP/DMR) devices, including Apple, Cisco, Denon, Hewlett-Packard, Roku, Samsung, and many others.

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