In addition to 3-D, the other big initiative from television manufacturers over the past year has been the push for web-enabled TVs with various widgets that allow access to internet features. I have to ask: Does anyone use these things?
According to a recent report from media research publisher Futurescape, it’s expected that in the next five years almost 40% of televisions produced for the U.S. market will have internet connections and services. Samsung claims that 70% of all its TV sets will be internet-connected by 2014. The percentages may be even higher in other countries.
I can see the benefit in having Netflix, VUDU, or other media-streaming services embedded in an HDTV, if the viewer doesn’t already have those features in a Blu-ray player or other device. Those seem like a natural fit. However, Futurescape says that this drive for internet-connected TVs is really pushed by the growth of social media. Does this mean that people are connecting to Facebook or Twitter to share their viewing habits with friends? Maybe I’m just too old (I’ll admit that I’m woefully delinquent in updating my Facebook status and refuse to use Twitter), but I can’t imagine using a TV for this sort of thing. Wouldn’t a computer or phone make a more convenient portal?
What about you? Do you use (or want to use) internet features in a TV?