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Appeared on: Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Multi-Room DVR's To Increase In Popularity

You can expect Cable and Satellite companies to be offering multi-room DVR's in 2005 with more than 25 million being deployed by 2009 according to Parks and Associates.

Companies will deploy these mass-market entertainment networking solutions in limited numbers in 2005, but penetration will grow to approximately 16 million U.S. households by the end of 2009.

?Just as TiVo Inc. and its ilk introduced ?time-shifting? to the consumption of television content, multiroom DVR solutions will offer ?place-shifting? capabilities,? said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst at Parks Associates. ?Recorded programming will be available throughout the home as these devices bring new levels of convenience and flexibility to TV use.?

In addition to set-top box developers and manufacturers and their cable and satellite partners, home networking chipset developers will gain significantly from the aggressive deployment of multiroom DVR solutions, according to Scherf.

?The home networking industry hopes to expand the notion of connectivity beyond broadband connections and PC-centric content,? Scherf said. ?This year holds many opportunities for players developing technologies using wireless, powerline, phoneline, and coaxial networking solutions as they are applied to multiroom DVR solutions.?

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