TV makers are expected to ship more than 500 million sets with Internet connectivity by the end of 2015, according to a report from research firm DisplaySearch. This year alone, around 25 percent of all flat-panel sets will come with some form of Internet capability and this trend is expected to grow to 47 percent by 2015.
"The adoption of connected TV is not just taking place in developed regions," Paul Gray, DisplaySearch director of TV electronics research, in a statement. "Emerging markets often have good broadband services, and there is a thirst from consumers to get the best content available."
Propelling the market share of these Web-enabled TVs is the convenience of wireless networking through Wi-Fi and smart-TV functions. The latter is a generic description of panels with the following features, according to DisplaySearch:
- Capable of retrieving content from the Internet independent of a portal
- Built-in intelligent search and recommendations
- Can seamlessly connect with other devices in a home network
The company is also forecasting an encouraging 35 percent smart-TV market penetration in North America for 46-inch and larger models in four years.
Note that "smart TV" is a marketing term employed by LG, Samsung, and Philips to describe their smart TVs, while Sony has been using "Internet TV" instead.
(Source: Crave Asia)