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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.