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Connected TVs to more than double in five years, says report

The number of TVs connected to the internet is expected to reach 596 million by 2017, up from 212 million this year and 105 million at the end of 2010, according to forecasts from Digital TV Research.

The US contributed 48 million to the 2010 total, or 45% of the global total, and is expected to grow to 78 million in 2012, or 37% or the global total, and 147 million by 2017 – by this time only 25% of the global total. China will have 93 million connected TVs by 2017, up from two million at end-2010.

Connected TV sets will represent 21.4% of global TV sets in 2017, up from 4.7% in 2010, according to Digital TV Research.