Fifth of TV sets to be connected in five years

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 02-11-2011

Data from Digital TV Research is predicting that there will be over half a billion (551 million) TV sets connected to the Internet by 2016 representing a fifth of global TV sets.

In its Connected TV Forecasts report Digital TV Research expects that by 2016 most sets on sale will have the ability to connect to the Internet even though not all homes buying these sets will hook up to the Internet. It forecasts that the gross proportion of TV households with a connected set will be 43% by 2016, up from 11% in 2010.

The most common method of connecting a TV set to the web at present is via a game console such as the Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox, accounting for 79 million of the 124 million connected TV devices at the end of 2010.
However, Digital TV Research predicts that the number of connected TV sets will exceed the number of connected games consoles by the end of 2012 and it adds that the number of installed connected TV sets will grow from 31 million at the end of 2010 to 244 million by 2016.
The analyst says that sales of connected TV sets with a built-in Ethernet connection and, increasingly, widgets/applications are taking off, especially as retail prices are beginning to fall.