"Connected" consumer electronics appear set for a huge period of growth, according to a study released this week by Parks Associates. According to Parks' Home Networks for Consumer Electronics study, the category will boast annual sales of 100 million units by 2013.
The category is defined as including networked CE products that include TVs, set-top boxes, servers, consoles, and Blu-ray Disc players.
"Key consumer trends are aligning to drive this market," the firm's vice president and principal analyst, Kurt Scherf, said as part of the announcement. "People want whole-home access to their personal content, which will increase the storage needs of the average U.S. household to a terabyte. At the same time, consumers are very interested in bringing Internet content to the television.