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Report: Shipments of Web-enabled CE Devices to Trump PCs by 2013

10 Aug, 2011 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Shipments of Internet-enabled consumer electronics devices will exceed those of the PC for the first time in 2013, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli.

Shipments of Internet-enabled CE devices, which include HDTVs, video game consoles and Blu-ray Disc players, will surge to 503.6 million units in 2013, up from 161 million in 2010. By comparison, PC shipments during the same period will amount to 253.3 million, up from 222.3 million.

In 2015, shipments of Web-enabled CE devices will breach three-quarters of a billion units, at 780.8 million units, significantly exceeding PC shipments of 479.1 million.

“These new figures are the latest evidence that the Internet is not just for PCs anymore,” said Jordan Selburn, principal analyst for consumer platforms at IHS. “Increasingly, each Internet-enabled consumer electronics device is vying to become the center of what is known as the digital living room, aggregating content throughout the home and serving up movies, television programs, videos and music. In the future, consumers will be more likely to access the Internet through their televisions than via their PCs.”

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