Data broadcasting to drive boom in PC TV tuners

Scottsdale, AZ - New datacasting services will fuel the rapidly growing market for PC TV tuners over the next couple of years, according to Cahners In-Stat Group.

Datacasting, the delivery of data services via terrestrial airwaves or satellite, will take off this year and contribute to the 50 percent-plus annual PC TV tuner market growth for the next two years, the high tech market research firm said.

In-Stat forecasts that the market for analog tuners will slow in 2003, but the market for digital tuners, both terrestrial and satellite, will accelerate through at least 2005. Annual revenues in the PC TV tuner market will jump from $473 million in 2000 to $1.8 billion in 2005.

"While the transition of TV transmissions from analog to digital will keep the overall market growing, it will not be enough to maintain 50 percent annual growth beyond 2003," said Michelle Abraham, a senior analyst with In-Stat's Multimedia Group. "The PC market is slowing and the replacement cycle for consumer PCs is lengthening."

In-Stat also found that:

-- Graphic cards that integrate TV tuners account for 40 percent of the market.

-- The European market is the largest with over 50 percent of total sales.

-- Three data broadcasters, iBlast, Wavexpress, and Dotcast, are ramping up service in the United States. Similar services will be available in Europe and Japan via satellite.

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