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38% of TVs Connected Via Broadband
Though Just 5% of Homes Have Broadband-Connected Sets
by Karl Bode 10:45AM Wednesday Apr 11 2012
According to a new study by the Leichtman Research Group, 38% of all households have at least one television set connected to the Internet. Leichtman's definition of a home with an Internet-Connected TV is a little broad, including any TV that's hooked up to a broadband-enabled game console or video streaming service. Game consoles drive most of these numbers, with 28% of all households having a video game system connected to the Internet. Just 4% of all households are connected solely via an Internet-enabled TV set, though a different recent study found that just 50% of Internet-connected TVs were actually connected to a network since the set top continues to be the primary Internet conduit.

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Jon
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Love my Vizio Via

Just wish they'd come up with more apps.
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said by Jon:

Just wish they'd come up with more apps.

This is why internet-connected "smart" TVs are not very useful. They are limited to whatever software and apps you can get for them, which is going to be very limited unless manufacturers come up with a standard operating system that is compatible across all TVs and manufacturers.

At the moment, a simple HTPC is a much more powerful and flexible solution for connecting a TV to the internet.
daake07

join:2011-06-28
Kearney, NE

I avoid internet Tvs

I bought two Samsung plasmas last year and avoided the ones with built in apps and 3D. I have computers that I can use to view the online content on my TV and I'm not going pay several hundred more dollars for bad software that allows me to watch Netflix.

Trying to push apps on TVs is funny honestly...since clearly they are not readily available on your phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop. I think internet-connected TVs are a joke.

dslfan90

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Re: I avoid internet Tvs

Well, good for you. No one is going to force you to buy one. Personally, I think they are great.

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Circle Pines, MN
I don't know about Samsung's interface, but with my new 47" LED LG I no longer need a Roku.

The interface is very well put together and not laggy. It also connects to a PLEX media server.
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ISurfTooMuch

join:2007-04-23
Tuscaloosa, AL

Love my Roku

Personally, I love my Roku, but I wouldn't have a TV with built-in apps. The reason is that, with a box like a Roku, Boxee, Google TV, etc., the manufacturer has a vested interest in keeping it up to date, since that's why they're in business. With a TV, unless there is a standard framework for app development, what you're likely to see are manufacturers abandoning app development for a model as soon as they start working on their next model. What that means is no new apps and no updates to fix bugs in existing apps.

Unfortunately, with many electronics manufacturers, they tend to abandon products very quickly, especially concerning features outside of that product's core functionality. If the apps on that shiny new TV all work perfectly, and you don't ever want any new ones, go for it, but don't count on any ongoing development or support for them once the new model comes out.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

It's Connected, But...

Both the TV and BD player are connected to the LAN, but, in the TV's case, the only reason is for firmware updates and the LAN's DLNA server. It doesn't have any apps or any other ability to do anything with its network connection. I'm really kind of wondering why Samsung even bothered.

The BD player has apps, but the only one we much use is Netflix.
ISurfTooMuch

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Tuscaloosa, AL

Re: It's Connected, But...

Samsung probably just built the hardware and loaded the software you mentioned, but they either didn't have any compelling apps to add or moved on to their next model before they actually wrote anything. I'm sure they could have added Netflix, but, if they did that, you'd have had one less reason to buy a Netflix-connected Blu-ray player from them.

I'm voting for the fact that they moved on to the next model before they had a chance to add anything. I say that because I've had several Samsung phones that they seemed to abandon, even though they had glaring software bugs, and also because of comments made by a good friend of mine who is a senior engineer at a company that competes with them in certain markets. He told me that Samsung is seen within the industry as notorious for not supporting what they sell, and he won't buy anything they make. He's been in this industry for over 20 years, and he has no reason to apply any spin to things we talk about.

jseymour

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Waterford, MI

Re: It's Connected, But...

Your industry friend's experience aside: Of all the LCD TVs I reviewed, Samsung was one brand that consistently received high marks from its buyers, with the model line in which ours sits receiving exceptionally high marks.

We've had it for maybe a couple months shy of a year, I'd guess, and so far it's performed flawlessly in all respects. I don't know how long that'll last (knock on wood), but, so far, we're exceedingly pleased.

I just found it a bit odd they'd include network connectivity and little for which to use it.

The DLNA client is much better than the DLNA client in our Panasonic BD player, btw. (One of the more highly-rated Panasonic BD players, too.)
ISurfTooMuch

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Tuscaloosa, AL

Re: It's Connected, But...

Yeah, I think maybe they support their TV's more than other product lines (my friend is in another industry--I shouldn't say because there are only a few companies competing in it, so I don't want to inadvertently ID him). But, as for no including any apps, it does seem a little odd, but having DLNA support does have to be pretty nice.

shortyd999

join:2008-10-21
Birmingham, AL
I have a Samsung un40d6420 LED (about a year old). I have it connected to my network but only use a few apps on it, Pandora and just recently HBOGO (it was just added after an update). I tend to use my PS3 more. Hopefully Samsung continues to keep it up to date

IM1811

join:2001-08-20
Haverstraw, NY

Vierra 3D W/Vieracast

Just a note to all. I purchased my Panasonic Plasma in December 2011 and the television has done at least two auto updates since.
The latest, which came around November, updated the GUI in a good way. This in turn prompted me to go back and recalibrate the television and now it looks better than brand new! As far as apps go, I use Amazon, Netflix, and YouTube all the time. I ditched my Roku box, but have a new 360 in case the Vierracast craps out. The 360 does the best with HD, so I try to use the 360 to stream HD content.
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ISurfTooMuch

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Tuscaloosa, AL

Re: Vierra 3D W/Vieracast

Just as an aside, be aware that Panasonic plasmas have had issues with bad circuit boards causing them to fail within a couple of years, and Panasonic hasn't exactly been generous in fixing them once the warranty is up. I know because I had a Vierra that failed after 2.5 years, and they wouldn't help with repairs, simply referring me to an authorized service center. An Internet search turned up many other folks who had the same thing happen to them.

It's possible that the newer Vierra models don't have this issue, so I wouldn't panic, but I just want you to have a heads-up that this has been an issue in the past.

IM1811

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Re: Vierra 3D W/Vieracast

Thanks, so far no problem!
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antdude
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CRT TVs!

My family still use them. However, I use my computers connected to one from the video card. :P
ISurfTooMuch

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Re: CRT TVs!

I'd love to have a CRT HDTV. I've heard that no other display type comes close in terms of image quality.

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said by ISurfTooMuch:

I'd love to have a CRT HDTV. I've heard that no other display type comes close in terms of image quality.

The only thing I like CRT is the pure black. Obviously, I don't like the weight and size. Ugh. Oh and CRTs last a LONG time! I chuckled at flatscreens that don't last very long.
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Re: CRT TVs!

Yeah, the size and weight are definitely issues. Also, I don't think there were any consumer models over 36 inches.

And you're right about them lasting a long time. I had a Sony that looked as good after 9 years when I donated it as it did when I got it. And, AFAIK, it still works. And, before that, I had a Toshiba that lasted for 15 years until I donated it, and it had taken a pretty big power surge because of a nearby lightning strike. It made the screen change color for a few minutes, but, after that, it was fine.

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Re: CRT TVs!

said by ISurfTooMuch:

Yeah, the size and weight are definitely issues. Also, I don't think there were any consumer models over 36 inches.

And you're right about them lasting a long time. I had a Sony that looked as good after 9 years when I donated it as it did when I got it. And, AFAIK, it still works. And, before that, I had a Toshiba that lasted for 15 years until I donated it, and it had taken a pretty big power surge because of a nearby lightning strike. It made the screen change color for a few minutes, but, after that, it was fine.

I still have my 20" Sharp CRT TV from 1996. I use it a lot expect during the summer when nothing good is on TV.

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said by ISurfTooMuch:

Yeah, the size and weight are definitely issues. Also, I don't think there were any consumer models over 36 inches.

And you're right about them lasting a long time. I had a Sony that looked as good after 9 years when I donated it as it did when I got it. And, AFAIK, it still works. And, before that, I had a Toshiba that lasted for 15 years until I donated it, and it had taken a pretty big power surge because of a nearby lightning strike. It made the screen change color for a few minutes, but, after that, it was fine.

I've had a 38" Loewe (German) Aconda since 2002, still works fine, HD to 1080i, amazing movie quality but weights a lot and while great for the bedroom is a poor screen for PS3 and Computer so I have a Panny Plasma GT in the living room. That thing looks fantastic, plasma is pretty close to reproducing real blacks and the contrast is breathtaking.

I use the Netflix, Pandora and few other apps on it, it is convinient because I dont have to start up the PS3.
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elray

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Santa Monica, CA

Its the content, stupid

Unless the cable, content, studio, last and middle-mile all agree that they want to deliver pay-tv via broadband - something they would only do if the pie expands, then the number of "connected" TVs is irrelevant.

deathof the

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Re: Its the content, stupid

The issue is once it has become true internet tv they will loose control of the content. And I'm sure they are working on encryption methods that will eventually fail. They need to venture into new businesses and give up this loosing battle. So sorry for the studio and network millionaires who will suffer.........tears of joy
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Re: Its the content, stupid

said by deathof the :

The issue is once it has become true internet tv they will loose control of the content. And I'm sure they are working on encryption methods that will eventually fail. They need to venture into new businesses and give up this loosing battle. So sorry for the studio and network millionaires who will suffer.........tears of joy

Yeah, good luck with that philosophy.

They own the content, and they have the right to control it.

So unless all of the parties involved work out a mutually beneficial, i.e. more profitable, arrangement, then the content folk have no reason to "give up this loosing[sic] battle".