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The growth of broadband connections across the globe will engender a surge in the number of broadband-enabled video services in the next two decades, according to a new report.

The Video-Enabled Home Network Nodes - A Global Analysis and Forecast study predicts that the sheer numbers of broadband users will provide the perfect platform for more and more network-enabled applications services and serviceable customers for video over the next ten years. In turn, this will prompt greater diffusion of home networks and network-enabled media applications, the study forecasts.

Report author Dr. Predrag Filipovic identified two key trends that will bring about the change in the consumption of online video. These include the tendency for consumer electronic vendors to embed Internet support and IP video subsystems into their mainstream platforms. This will mean that even average consumers will be buying new CE platforms with native Internet support, he claims.

Also significant, according to Mr Filipovic, will be the fact that more incumbent TV providers will incorporate walled-garden broadband video applications and services into their Pay TV experience. The effect of this will be that set-top boxes will be required to support broadband connectivity.

Once the growth of online video applications is underway, over than 1.6 billion households around the world will have access to some form of home video service, with Asia enjoying the most rapid growth, he added. These service additions will in many cases be broadband-based or hybrid in nature.

Mr Filipovic commented: “By 2020, virtually every broadband-enabled home will have a multitude of network-connected video platforms. Though the pace at which this occurs will vary by region, its inevitability is unquestionable."

The projections for growth were based on research which showed that the number of global broadband households worldwide will near 440 million by 2010 and top 1.2 billion by 2030. Meanwhile, the number of broadband-enabled home networks will grow from 150 million in 2010 (34 per cent of broadband homes) to more than one billion in 2030 (83 per cent of broadband homes).

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