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Broadband Impact - Consumer Services
By: MarkJ - 05 January, 2005 (1:15 PM)

The growth of broadband is now also being sighted as one of the primary reasons for a "profound change" in the consumer electronics industry:

In the past, the market research firm pointed out, consumers bought a piece of equipment such as a radio or a TV that would reproduce network content without additional costs.

The other traditional consumer model, according to ABI, centres on "packaged media" where a phonograph, cassette player, CD player or DVD player would be purchased to play media in the form of tapes or discs at additional cost.

Vamsi Sistla, director of residential entertainment technologies at ABI Research, pointed out that even portable entertainment, such as MP3 player downloads, is turning into a service-driven business.


The long and short of VNUNet's item appears to be that broadband is helping to evolve products and services much closer together than ever before.


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