Just moments after ABI Research published a report
suggesting that all-in-one PCs and internet TV would invigorate the HTPC market comes something similar from Forrester Research
. Its latest analysis suggests that the growing trend of maintaining files rather than physical discs could give home media servers
a significant boost. Essentially, HTPCs and home storage / networking devices could become entirely relevant
as digital downloads become more common and physical media fades out
. Granted, we're a firm believer that said scenario is still years away from happening, but we don't doubt that this prophecy will be realized in due time. As it stands, only around 400,000 US households posses a home server, suggesting that the market is just barely in its infancy. Forrester
says that figure will grow to 4.5 million by 2012 -- we've got 3.5 years to find out.