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Migration of Internet-enabled televisions from the trade show floor to the living room is increasing, with 27.5% of high-definition TVs purchased in January linked to the Internet, according to a new report.


El Segundo, Calif.-based research firm iSuppli Corp. Feb. 23 reported the tally, which is up from 24.3% in December, includes TVs with internal connectivity and Web access via external devices, such as set-top boxes, video game consoles and Blu-ray Disc players.


The report found that 41.9% of Internet-connected televisions sold domestically in January were internally linked, followed by game consoles at 20.3%. Blu-ray players followed at 13.2% of connection intermediaries, while digital video boxes and other means of connection such as PCs were tied at 12.3%.


Consumers want to view Internet content on their primary displays in their homes on their televisions rather than being relegated to the small screens of their desktop and notebook PCs, said Tina Tseng, analyst of television systems for iSuppli. With the increasing pervasiveness of large-sized, flat-panel digital televisions, and the rising availability of Internet-enabled TVs, more consumers are linking their sets to the Web.


Indeed, iSuppli forecasts worldwide sales of Web-enabled TVs will rise to 87.6 million units by 2013, up from 14.7 million in 2009. An estimated 60% of the total North American flat-panel TVs shipped in 2013 are expected to be connected to the Internet.
http://www.homemediamagazine.com/hdt...et-ready-18537
 

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This report is misleading.


"...includes TVs with internal connectivity and Web access via external devices, such as set-top boxes, video game consoles and Blu-ray Disc players..."


Any TV could become "internet ready" if I hook up a device that has an internet connection to it. I don't even understand how they came to this number, since 100% of the TVs sold in this time frame could be considered "internet ready" if I were to connect an external internet device to it.


I could hook up my PS3 to my old 27" tube and suddenly it becomes an internet connected TV.


They should only count TVs that have built in internet, not a TV with the ability to have a game console, bluray player, etc. connected to it.
 

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This report is misleading.


"...includes TVs with internal connectivity and Web access via external devices, such as set-top boxes, video game consoles and Blu-ray Disc players..."


Any TV could become "internet ready" if I hook up a device that has an internet connection to it. I don't even understand how they came to this number, since 100% of the TVs sold in this time frame could be considered "internet ready" if I were to connect an external internet device to it.


I could hook up my PS3 to my old 27" tube and suddenly it becomes an internet connected TV.


They should only count TVs that have built in internet, not a TV with the ability to have a game console, bluray player, etc. connected to it.

Did you read the article?


First, it points out that it refers to HD televisions. It also points out that this is devices that are connected (not that can be connected).



Then it goes down and provides a break-down of how they are connected, starting with the 41.9% of internet-connected televisions being internally linked.

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The report found that 41.9% of Internet-connected televisions sold domestically in January were internally linked, followed by game consoles at 20.3%. Blu-ray players followed at 13.2% of connection intermediaries, while digital video boxes and other means of connection such as PCs were tied at 12.3%.
 

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Maybe it is just the way it is written, also the title is misleading IMO. If they count "internet connected" as being connected via an external device, then 100% of the HDTVs bought in January were "internet ready" - not "more than 25%".


If the intent was to track the % of HDTVs with built in internet connections, they should have worded it differently.

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Migration of Internet-enabled televisions from the trade show floor to the living room is increasing, with 27.5% of high-definition TVs purchased in January linked to the Internet, according to a new report.

This just says that 27.5% of HDTVs sold in January are linked to the internet. It doesn't explicitly say 27.5% of the TVs sold had an internal internet connection. Is that what they mean?


So the overall point is 27.5% had built in internet connectivity?

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El Segundo, Calif.-based research firm iSuppli Corp. Feb. 23 reported the tally, which is up from 24.3% in December, includes TVs with internal connectivity and Web access via external devices, such as set-top boxes, video game consoles and Blu-ray Disc players.

This states there was an increase, but more importantly that internet connectivity includes internal connectivity as well as external connectivity. Any HDTV can become connected to the internet via connection to an external device. I fail to see how including internet connections via external devices is relevant, since that automatically opens up any TV as "internet ready", and ultimately "internet connected" via an external device.


If their intent was to track the number of TVs sold that had internal internet connections they aren't presenting it as such.

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The report found that 41.9% of Internet-connected televisions sold domestically in January were internally linked, followed by game consoles at 20.3%. Blu-ray players followed at 13.2% of connection intermediaries, while digital video boxes and other means of connection — such as PCs — were tied at 12.3%.

So of the 27.5% sold, their connectivity is broken out as above?


So then 58.1% (100-41.9) of the internet enabled TVs sold that have an internal internet connection aren't even having that internal connection connected since an external device was connected and served to count as the connection to the internet for the TV?


So basically they are saying the majority (58.1%) of people that bought a TV that has it's own internal internet connection chose not to use it and instead connected to the internet via an external device? Thereby negating the built in internet connectivity of their TV?


Wouldn't there also be overlap? Since I can connect both my TV and an external device connected to the same TV to the internet at the same time? How did they count that situation?


Maybe the title should have been: "41.9% out of 27.5% of HDTVs sold in January are connected to the internet internally", as opposed to "more than 25% sold...were internet ready". Every TV is internet ready if you count external devices being connected to the internet, then to the TV itself.


I just think the title and overall presentation of the %'s isn't really reflecting what they intended it to reflect.
 

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If they count "internet connected" as being connected via an external device, then 100% of the HDTVs bought in January were "internet ready" - not "more than 25%".

They are saying that 27.5% of new HDTVs sold in January ended up connected to the internet.


Then they break down how they are connected to the internet:

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The report found that 41.9% of Internet-connected televisions sold domestically in January were internally linked, followed by game consoles at 20.3%. Blu-ray players followed at 13.2% of connection intermediaries, while digital video boxes and other means of connection — such as PCs — were tied at 12.3%.


Think of it as attach rate. More than 25% of new HDTVs sold are attached to the internet. That is a pretty good percentage! Expect that to increase as the functionality built-in increases, as well as the services continue to grow and evolve.


EDIT: You are correct that the title is misleading. It should say: 27.5% of new HDTVs sold in January connected to the internet.
 

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Indeed, it looks like the title of the actual report is:

More than a Quarter of U.S. Televisions Purchased in January Linked to Internet


The actual report is a bit interesting to see how devices are attached and the current trends.


Internet-enabled TVs skyrocketed from 27.7% to 41.9%. Roku, Vudu and gaming consoles all had minor gains in attach rates, while Blu-ray players had a minor drop in attach rate.


PCs dropped from 30.3% to 12.3%. Basically, it is getting easier and simpler to get internet content to the primary display device in the house.

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IETVs provide easy, integrated Internet access, attracting the interest of consumers, Tseng said. Because of this, all the major brands now are offering more flat-panel sets with Internet connectivity, including Samsung, Sony, LG Electronics, Vizio, Sharp and Panasonic. IETVs now are available at lower price tags and in a greater variety of screen sizes than ever before, from 24 to 65 inches.


iSuppli forecasts worldwide sales of IETVs will rise to 87.6 million units by 2013, up from 14.7 million in 2009.
 
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