Netgear sees connected TV devices as adjacent to its core business of home connectivity. But home networking vendors haven't had great success selling home entertainment devices, according to IDC's Gaw. He cited products from Linksys, Belkin and others, such as music-streaming devices and DVD players, that haven't exactly taken the market by storm.
Also on Monday, Netgear will expand its VueZone remote video monitoring lineup with a night-vision camera. VueZone uses wireless, battery-powered cameras for consumer monitoring applications such as keeping an eye on pets or making sure children got home from school. The night-vision camera could be useful for monitoring sleeping babies, said Erich Volkert, a senior director at Netgear.
"It's not so much keeping the bad guys out, but just getting peace of mind with seeing that everything's OK with what you expect," Volkert said.
The night-vision camera will be available immediately from major online and brick-and-mortar retailers for a list price of $129.99.