"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
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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