Friday, February 26, 2010

Who wins when TVs can surf the Web?

The very professional fan website, Everywire, is reporting that More than 27% of TVs sold in January can surf the Web. This is based on a study from market research firm, iSuppli. This is a huge percentage and Everywire is right to say that "Connected TV are connecting the wired home network".

This development raise the question, if most high-end TVs being sold want to be connected to the Internet, who wins.

  1. HomePlug AV owns the retail market in the computer aisle for powerline networks.
  2. Monster is pushing HomePlug AV in the TV aisles
  3. MoCA is also available for retail customers on the computer aisle, but MoCA is not so user friendly to install (i.e. good for geeks)
  4. HPNA is not at all for retail customers as in many most cases in the US, customers have a cable modem which interferes with HPNA (cable modems are why MoCA was invented)
  5. Retail markets take forever to develop. With HomePlug AV companies already entrenched in retail, companies have an uphill battle to take this on (not to mention they have no chips in 2010)
So, Who wins when TVs can surf the Web?
HomePlug AV.


  1. It's not as simple as that. MOCA also interferes with satellite TV. HomePlug AV is very susceptible to electrical noise. Turning a ceiling fan on can bring an acceptable connection to its knees destroying the performance. There are also two other non-compatible powerline home networking standards in the world. There's a reason the large telcos in North America chose HPNA (aka HomePNA) and MOCA over HomePlug. About the only safe medium is, dare I say it, phone wire, which may not be convenient.

  2. Bright-boy Anonymous,

    You totally missed my point. Of course cable is better that powerline for service provider HANs. I was talking retail market which cable is a problem for end-users("I plug what where? and "it does not got here I need it").

    Bright-boy is right for the three people (and decreasing) who are using satellite to get their TV, MoCA, might, cause problems. HPNA cause problems in 70% of the homes in the US with Internet.

  3. Sarcasm is no substitute for knowledge. Satellite has a significant market share and unfounded statements about HPNA would definitely surprise AT&T with millions deployed. Do some research. Maybe you'll be bright like me.

  4. Satellite is in only about 20% of the homes and many are rural with no Internet access so no need of a MoCA or HPNA.

    HPNA works for AT&T as they are supplying the Internet connection, so no chance of interference from cable modems.

    Cable modems is still the majority of the broadband access. In ALL cases with cable modem, you cannot use HPNA. MoCA is not a problem. PLC is not a problem.

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