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DisplaySearch: Smart TV trend is just around the corner

Posted: 08 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Smart TV? market? TV manufacturers? Internet connectivity?

TV manufacturers are aiming to ship more flat panel TVs with some sort Internet connectivity this year. This proves that Internet services are becoming critical to the future of television.

The number of Internet-enabled TV shipments is forecasted to grow to 138 million units in 2015, according to DisplaySearch Inc. This number accounts for 47 percent of all flat panel TVs shipped.

"The adoption of connected TV is not just taking place in developed regions," said Paul Gray, DisplaySearch director of TV Electronics Research. "Emerging markets often have good broadband services, and there is a thirst from consumers to get the best content available."

DisplaySearch's report said that by the end of 2015, over 500 million connected TVs will have shipped. The report also noted that the recent decision by the Indian government to switch off analog terrestrial signals and move to DVB-T2 digital broadcast in 2015 has paved the way for further innovation. It also brought forward the possibility of a new market for connected TVs, according to the report. At the same time, trends like WiFi Direct enable TVs to connect easily with handheld devices, such as smartphones and tablets, at home.

DisplaySearch sees that by 2015, more than 98 million TV sets with 802.11 wireless networking built-in will ship.

"We expect that in 2015, 35 percent of 46in or larger TVs in North America will be smart TVs, defined as having the following capabilities: able to retrieve content from the internet without the restrictions of a portal; intelligent search and recommendations; upgradeable by its owner; and able to network seamlessly with other devices in the home," Gray said.

- Nicolas Mokhoff
??EE Times

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