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CNET News.com: Info appliance market set to take off

Feb 08, 2000, 07:41 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Television-based services and Internet content will drive the growth of so-called information appliances, according to the new report from International Data Corp. The term refers to a wide range of computing devices, often with specific tasks such as email access.

TV set-top boxes offering interactivity and online services from cable and satellite TV providers will be the first of a new wave of Internet technology hitting the home, in a market IDC says will eventually outpace even consumer PCs.

Overall, the market for devices, including set-top boxes, handheld computers and gaming consoles, is set to grow from 11 million units shipped in 1999 to 89 million units in 2004. The market will grow from revenues of $2.4 billion last year to $17.8 billion in 2004, according to IDC."

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