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Study: Internet-enabled TVs to take off

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 02 Oct 2009 1:30 User comments (1)

Study: Internet-enabled TVs to take off According to a study by Ernst & Young, released on Thursday, Internet-enabled television sets could see wider adoption in the coming years as more consumers are warming to the idea of running widgets and other features on their TVs. Widgets are mini-applications that are widely used with computers and mobile phones, and the study suggests that such mini-applications could be successfully blended with TV content.
The widgets would be designed to access the Internet and locate content that is complementary to the programming, whether it is a discussion on the content or advertisements for products that are featured in the show, which can then be ordered by the viewing using the television. This year, web-connected TV shipments will total less than half a million.

Fast forward to 2013, and the number ruses to six billion, according to estimates from E&Y's study, which cites Parks Associates as a source. Sony, Samsung and LG have select television models that would be capable of running widgets already, and Intel showed off the CE4100 media processor built for set-top boxes for multimedia purposes. Intel is working with CBS and CinemaNow to develop and run widgets for TVs. has also developed a widget that blends TV with its social networking services which allows viewers to send messages or browse through photos on the site from their TV.

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12.10.2009 16:41

bah. perhaps people should warm to the idea of creating content. tv suxors, because it talks 24 hours a day and you only get to choose which subject stream you want to be told. arguing with the tube is less fun than arguing on forums.

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