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Report: HDMI Expands Beyond HDTV


By Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 09 Feb 2009

With market penetration for high-definition televisions with HDMI ports approaching 100%, the interface is rapidly expanding beyond TV to include set-top boxes, DVD and Blu-ray players and mobile PCs, according to a new report.

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based research firm In-Stat said HDMI-enabled product shipments will increase at an annual rate of 23% from 2007 to 2012.

Portable electronic devices, such as camcorders, digital still cameras and portable media players will be among the emerging categories to watch, according to In-Stat.

HDMI adoption in mobile computers is estimated at nearly a quarter of all machines shipped in 2008. IPTV set top boxes will see the highest adoption among pay-TV set-top boxes, growing to 85% penetration and 17.6 million boxes by 2012.

HDMI penetration in portable media players will approach 10% by 2012.

Rising adoption of HDMI and display interfaces will negatively impact digital video interface (DVI) adoption. DVI is a video connector aimed at maximizing the picture quality of digital-display devices such as digital projectors and LCD screens.

DVI-enabled product shipments will decline at an annual rate of 30% through 2012.

“The rapid escalation of HDMI in standard-definition and blue-laser DVD players and recorders is directly related to HDMI’s success in [digital televisions],” said In-Stat analyst Brian O’Rourke in a statement. “Set-top boxes, which are traditionally slow to adopt new interfaces, are also increasingly embracing HDMI.”

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