Smart TV — Internet-connected TV sets — will continue to increase in worldwide use, as well as stand-alone Internet set-top-video box devices.
By 2020, global smart TV penetration is expected to double to 30.4%, compared with 12.1% this year. These results come from Digital TV Research.
Some 965 million TV sets are projected for 2020 versus 339 million by the end of this year — up from 103 million at the end of 2010. China will continue to be a big manufacturer of smart TVs — supplying 160 million sets by 2020 — while the U.S. will make 92 million and India will manufacture 75 million.
South Korea is expected to have the highest penetration of smart TVs: 52.7% by 2020. The UK will follow at 50.6%; Japan, 48.6%; and the U.S. 47.%.
The report says that last year smart TVs overtook gaming consoles in home devices that are connected to the Web. There were some 101 million gaming consoles in 2013.Standalone set-top box devices like Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast, will also continue to rise rapidly — to reach 183 million in 2020, from 36 million in 2014.