More PCs and game consoles connect to TV

International research firm Parks Associates has found that consumer interest in Web-on-TV applications is so strong that households are making their own connections via PCs and game consoles. From 2008 to 2009, the number of US households using Web-connected game consoles increased by 64 per cent, and the number connecting a PC to a TV increased by 36 per cent, according to the firmís report Digital Lifestyles: 2010 Outlook.

"Many households are working with devices they already have to get the connected-TV experience, which shows strong future demand for connected TVs, Web-enabled Blu-ray players, and networked digital media players such as Apple TV and Roku," said Kurt Scherf, VP, principal analyst, Parks Associates. Over three-fourths of US households with PC-to-TV connections and one-third of Xbox 360 owners are using these connections to stream online video.