Connected TV shipments to top half billion by 2015

Over half a billion connected TVs will have shipped globally by the end of 2015, according to the latest report by California-based DisplaySearch.

The group estimates that shipments of connected TVs will grow from 25% of all flat panels in 2011 to 47%, or 138 million units, by 2015.

DisplaySearch’s latest Quarterly TV Design and Features Report argues that emerging markets will offer additional opportunities for connected TV, pointing to the decision by the Indian government to roll out DVB-T2-based digital-terrestrial TV ahead of planned switchover in 2015. It also points out that technologies including WiFi Direct will enable the TV to be lined to handheld devices in the home, and predicts that over 98 million TV sets with 802.11 wireless networking built in will be shipped by 2015.