The worldwide market for Gigabit Ethernet video routers will soar as a result of a new generation of digital television services.

The demand for digital video routers is predicted to grow rapidly to become a billion dollar market by the end of the decade, according to an industry report from In-Stat/MDR.

“The capabilities of Gigabit Ethernet video routers are expanding to support advanced audio and video compression methods, and widening their features and functions to provide fully converged internet protocol networks that are capable of delivering an extended range of multiple services that go beyond the so-called ‘triple play’ of just video, voice, and high speed data,” said In-Stat/MDR analyst Gerry Kaufhold. “These multi-play services include HDTV, local ad insertion, network PVR, switched broadcast, games-on-demand, and future services that will be developed for digital TV.”