Internet-Connected TVs Gaining Popularity

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Demand for Internet-connected television is growing rapidly, according to a new study by the Consumer Electronics Association.

The study, "Net-Enabled Video: Early Adopters Only?" found that about half of potential TV buyers say they are likely to purchase an Internet-connected TV.

There are numerous ways people would use an Internet-enabled TV. Almost half (48%) of U.S. online adults would use their Internet connected TV to find out more information on upcoming shows and identify a song that played during the show.

Forty-four percent would also use the Internet to find out more information about the actors on-screen. Having anytime-access to content via the Internet and television broadcasts together were the top benefits of an Internet connected TV, according to consumers.

Shawn DuBravac
Shawn DuBravac

"As we saw at the 2009 International CES, Internet-enabled devices are taking the consumer technology experience to the next level, and nowhere is this more pronounced than with television," said Shawn DuBravac, CEA’s economist and director of research.

"Consumers want more from their TV experience and marrying traditional television with Internet access is providing the next frontier of the television experience."

The study also found that most adults are already online while watching TV. Close to a third of online adults (30%) say they always or usually surf the Internet while watching television and another third (32%) say they sometimes do.

Consumers are increasingly willing to shift online activities to the TV. Watching online video has the highest potential conversion rate (62%) followed by weather updates (59%) and playing online games (57%).

"Consumers are already using the Internet while they watch TV. The next frontier is to create a seamless experience bringing the two together," said DuBravac.

"Consumers want a variety of content that they can access anytime. An Internet-enabled TV is perfectly positioned to provide consumers with exactly what they are looking for in their next television experience."


Internet-Connected TVs Gaining Popularity
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    I know there are solutions for this out there but I (as probably many people) are not motivated enough to investigate what hardware I need to invest in to watch web videos on my television. If I could watch youtube vids, hula, comedy central clips, and netflixs “watch it now” videos on the TV instead of my laptop and the TV came out of the box nearly setup to do this, then I’m in. Perhaps the TV could be bluetooth or wifi enabled so I can stream the video from my laptop to the tv.

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