Only Half of Smart TVs are Connected to the Internet

Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM PST by Dick Ward

According to a recent study, only 60% of those with connected sets use them for streaming.

The NPD group conducted a poll recently detailing the use of smart TV features and found that a surprising amount of people aren't even touching them. Half of smart TV owners don't even have their sets connected to the internet, meaning they have a whole feature set that they aren't even looking at.

Of the 50% of people that actually have their sets connected, 60% use them to watch streaming content while only 10% use their sets for other online activities like casual games, Facebook, reading ebooks and video calling – a surprising number considering how hard companies pushed Skype a few years back.

The big question of course is why. It's unclear from the data whether these folks are getting their content somewhere else or simply ignoring connected features. Set-top boxes and HTPCs were not accounted for in the study.

Source: Home Media Magazine

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