The Digital Delivery Group is a consortium of consumer electronics distributors, working with the custom-installation home theater segment. The group sees a major sea change in how home entertainment systems are structured. In the past, everything connected to the television. The new concept is that everything is connected to the network. This makes the display one more component of the entire system, and the focus is on the data — music, video, Web content, digital photography — that can be moved easily between devices so that they can be acquired, stored, and displayed on demand anywhere on the network.
Add this to the fact that 61% of all new homes are being wired for networks — either using coaxial or Cat 5 cable — and the home network takes on new importance. In existing homes were rewiring can be expensive and difficult, new wireless options are making it easier and affordable to connect devices.
Don’t have a network in your home yet? It might be time to start thinking about how you would add one. A network may be the key component for your HDTV and digital entertainment system, especially if delivery of video content across the Internet becomes as important as some people think it will.