More than 500 million connected TVs will be in the market by 2015, with up to 138 million shipping that year alone, according to new research from DisplaySearch. By 2015, about 47 percent of flat-panel TVs will have some Internet connectivity, up from roughly 25 percent this year.
As things stand now, connected TVs represent a competitive threat to cable TV companies if more consumers decide to cut the pay TV cord or at least spend more time watching direct-to-TV online video. However, if the cable TV industry continues to remake itself as the broadband service provider industry, it may have much to gain from the connected TV movement.
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