The popularity of televisions that feature built-in applications and can connect to the Internet is on the rise, a new study from DisplaySearch has found.
According to the research firm, shipments of the more capable sets, better known as connected TVs, are expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 30 percent in coming years, with total shipments of the sets expected to reach 123 million in 2014. In 2010, connected TVs accounted for 20 percent of all television shipments, the research firm found.
Built-in applications such as Netflix and Twitter are available on sets from a number of vendors, including Vizio and Panasonic. Samsung announced in January that app downloads on its line of televisions hit 2 million since its marketplace launched last year. The company also estimated that television vendors shipped 6.5 million HDTVs featuring built-in applications worldwide in 2010. It believes that figure will jump to 20 million by 2012.… Read more