Making use of inernet services on a television seems to be something that is much harder than it looks. Perhaps it is made hard by incumbents protecting their market/turf. Perhaps it is sign that the design concept is no where in sight. Either way, as the underlying connectivity of broadband merges with the proprietary networks of broadcast (and cable) the catalyst of transformation can’t be very far away.
Especially in light of some of the hacks we are seeing performed with the xbox kinect.
According to the research firm DisplaySearch, 21% of all TVs shipped in 2010 had Internet connectivity. “The foundations of a quiet revolution in TV viewing continue to be built,” DisplaySearch said in a statement.
The total this year were fueled by high penetration rates in Japan; DisplaySearch expects emerging markets to play a key role in the category, with unit expected to quadruple to more than 10 million in 2014, from 2.5 million in 2010.
DisplaySearch in its latest report attempts to define what constitute a smart TV:
* A TV capable of upgrades and changes to functionality, typically by loading apps.
* An ability to receive content from the open Internet, not just a walled garden.
* Inclusion of an advanced user interface or content discovery engine, but not a standard browser with typed search terms like a PC.
* An ability to communicate with other networked devices in the home via open standards.