Internet-Connected TVs: Uncommon But Addictive

Plenty of TVs get sold with net connectivity these days. Data from Sony suggests that the majority of people still don't take advantage of that option, but those that do get properly hooked.

At its 2011 product launch a year ago, Sony said that 25 per cent of the internet-capable TVs it sold ended up getting connected to the Net.. At the equivalent event today, Sony officials said that the number was up to 33 per cent. On the fact of it, that's not a massive improvement.

However, it seems that those who do bother to connect find it useful. According to Sony, 100 per cent of customers who do have a connection watch at least one piece of content a month using it.

I suspect the biggest barriers to people making use of net-connected TVs (in no particular order) are indifference to the idea, an unwillingness to grapple with getting the connection set up, and concerns over using up their monthly bandwidth. What do you think?


Comments

    lack of a keyboard :(

    I'd say the problem lines somewhere in between:

    "people's / companies standards are REALLY this low?"

    and

    awful usability / UI

    At the moment the only reason i ever hooked my new samsung upto the net was i had a very old WRT54g with DD-WRT installed on it and a spare cat5 cable. So i setup the WRT54g as a wifi bridge. I cant say im impressed with the smart TV features yet, though the Samsung remote iOS app was neat. My XBMC box still blows it away though. The only reason i got the 3D Smart TV was because the picture quality on 2D content was amazing.

    Perhaps more would set it up if it came with wifi built in instead of spending $70 on a $5 usb wifi dongle, bloody ripoff.

    I own a Sony Bravia SmartTV. It's disconnected because the networking component of it doesn't offer much. Sony doesn't have a great deal of apps or widgets available, Qreocity (sp?) is expensive for whats offered, and browsing media on my network via DLNA is a painful experience.

    When I have an XBMC sitting right next to it, it makes the Bravia's UI seem like they've on been (at best) half hearted about designing it.

    I don't have an Internet connected TV, but it doesn't interest me because most (if not all) are running some kind of proprietary UI and leaves very little room for your own apps and hacking. Plus I don't know much about their speed, availability in 10 years etc.

    If I wanted an Internet connected TV, I'd hook up a PC or wait for some progress to be made on something like Raspberry Pi so that I can hook up a USB TV tuner and go.

    I have a LG and a Samsung Smart TV. Love them. Not so much for the internet but the ability to connect to PLEX.. Long Live the "PLEX"

      Agreed - Plex is awesome - using the TV remote to scroll through my movies and tv shows is great, if a little slow.

    I watch a lot of iView on a Panasonic Internet tv. Sure, every other app on the tv is rubbish, but it's definitely changed the way I watch tv. Picture quality is not great, but not much worse than SD.

    It also streams mkv and avi beautifully from my computer.

    iView on the Sony is not great as the program icons aren't labelled Neil you select them.

    FTA tv just keeps getting worse, doesn't it?

    I have an internet connected PVR, and internet connected Blu Ray player both connected to my internet connected TV. I've got them all plugged in to the internet, but the only device I make use of the internet connectivity on is the PVR, and that's mainly only for superior guide updates, and transferring content using ftp over the intranet. The TV's internet capability offers nothing above the capability of the other devices, so I don't use it.

    I don't even use youtube on it, as I haven't found any way of bookmarking stuff on my PC, which can then be easily found and played on the TV. You have to search for every damn thing, which is a waste of time.

    "According to Sony, 100 per cent of customers who do have a connection watch at least one piece of content a month using it."

    I have a connection - and haven't watched anything for multiple months as it was just too cumbersome. Percentage fail.

    I have two IPTVs. Only ever connect through my Boxee Box. Not interested in TV manufacturer's apps.

    Re Gib's comments, watch my favourites (bookmarks) on my TV via the Boxee all the time.

      Hmm, I may have to have another look at the youtube bookmarks.

    Forgot to mention, I know people who don't realise they have IPTV capabilities at their finger tips with their latest purchase. The salesman didn't mention it. I doubt very much they read Lifehacker either.

    Our internet connected tv is ace, we watch iview and youtube on it quite frequently, more than we use boxee.

    Don't listen to these muppets here. Sony have smartly utilised the HMTL5 Opera browser, it is excellent. A very convienient tool which I now use more than the gadget or desktop. The IP TV market is in infancy and political. Hopefully the TV's are smart enough to adapt. What they do need however is a USB/ Keyboard/Mouse controller as per PC's.

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