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Digital Terrestrial TV and Free-to-Air Satellite Services to Drive PC-TV Tuners

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 10, 2005 — Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) and Free-to-Air Satellite TV services will give the PC-TV tuner market a huge boost over the next several years, reports In-Stat ( By 2009, the worldwide retail value of the PC-TV tuner market is expected to reach $3.7 billion, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 42.6%, the high-tech market research firm says.

“Personal computers with a TV tuner provide a wide range of features and functions that enable the emerging market for connected digital homes,” said Gerry Kaufhold, In-Stat analyst. “A race among Pay-TV services, consumer electronics manufacturers, and the PC industry eventually favors the PC industry. The PC industry moves more quickly, and can ride Moore’s Law and Microsoft’s software into more market segments more quickly than the other competitors.”

A recent report by In-Stat found the following:

— Microsoft’s Media Center Edition (MCE) Multimedia PCs are now gaining market traction in more than 30 countries around the world

— Microsoft’s next-generation Longhorn Operating System is likely to have a dramatic impact on the Multimedia PC world similar to what Windows 95 had on the home computer business 10 years ago

— Free-to-Air TV provides “content” that consumers can record to their PC’s hard disk drive, edit, and “burn” onto DVDs for personal archiving with no monthly fees

— PC-TV tuner products also enable “capturing” video from camcorders, VCRs, and other sources

— Apple’s move to Intel’s mobile PC platform sets the stage for intense, head-to-head competition for in-home digital entertainment PCs

— Digital Terrestrial TV services require continual updating and upgrading of PC-TV tuner software, which favors the larger, financially established PC-TV tuner companies

The report, “PC-TV Tuners: Multimedia PCs’ Preemptive Strike To Control The Emerging Digital Living Room” (#IN0501862ME), covers the worldwide PC-TV Tuner market. It provides in-depth discussion of 12 major trends that are affecting the industry, and includes forecasts for eight product categories of PC-TV tuner sales and unit shipments by region through 2009. It also contains profiles of vendors in this market.

For more information on this report, please visit: or contact Courtney McEuen at 480-483-4454. The report price is $3,995.

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About In-Stat
In-Stat ( is the leading provider of actionable research, assessments and market forecasts of semiconductors and advanced communications equipment and services. Our forecasts, analysis, and insights are derived from both a deep technology understanding and a unique research methodology, which examines each segment of the value chain for each market. Technology vendors, service providers, technology professionals and market specialists, worldwide, rely on In-Stat’s tenured, experienced staff and in-depth research to support critical technology, product and success decisions.

In-Stat is a strategic segment of the $8 billion Reed Elsevier global information network, with access to an expansive worldwide electronic network, extensive technology databases and well-informed personnel. In-Stat analysts gain exceptional insight into geographic market places and specific technologies within markets such as electronics, cable and wireless. As a member of Reed Business Information, In-Stat is a division of the largest business-to-business publisher in the United States.

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