Study: Net Appliance Sales to Soar
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After a brutal year in 2000, Internet appliance (IA) vendors will soon see a turnaround, according to a study by Cahners In-Stat Group released Tuesday.
The Cahners study predicts that IA sales will grow at a rate of 40 percent a year through 2005. The study covers both free-standing "Internet terminals" such as Web tablets and desktop devices and devices that attach to televisions such as WebTV and AOLTV set-top boxes.
Initially, the TV-based devices, such as AOLTV and WebTV set-tops, will do better but eventually the freestanding IAs will surpass them, according to Brian O'Rourke, a Cahners In-Stat analyst.
The study said that total IA sales were about $219 million in 2000 but will be $1.3 billion in 2005. Much of that growth will occur outside of North America and Western Europe, where PCs are firmly established, according to the study.