CE Gets Smarter, Could Supplant Set-Tops

New NPD In-Stat research indicates that "smart" consumer electronics devices are on the rise, and the research house is forecasting that smart CE device unit shipments will surpass 92 million in 2016.

Norm Bogen, In-Stat VP of research, said: "CE manufacturers see a tremendous opportunity in filling the gap between what pay TV service providers currently provide and what consumers are capable of utilizing. If CE manufacturers are somehow able to substitute their own devices as an alternative to current STBs to enable the connected or smart digital home, they may be able to wrest some of the revenue opportunity away from pay TV service providers."
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