Smartphone and Network Integration Seen as Driving Forces for HDTV Development

December 15th, 2011

New data from DisplaySearch* suggests that networking has become the key feature TV manufacturers are focusing on in the development of next generation HD displays, but not for the reasons you might think. In a previous blog post, written when connected TVs were just gaining mainstream availability, (Easy Internet Connectivity of 3D Frills), we showed consumers prefer a networked TV solution over 3D. With consumers making their demands known, TV makers are now responding.  Source: DisplaySearch Quarterly TV Design and Features Report What we found particularly interesting about the findings was that people weren't most interested in directly accessing web content on their TVs, but rather using TVs as “companion screens” to directly communicate with smartphones and tablets. The small screens of these devices are the biggest inherent drawback, so making it easier to access on a bigger screen makes a lot of sense. Fortunately for smartphone users, IOGEAR already makes an HD AV Cable with Charge and Sync for Droid users and a Composite AV Cable with Charge and Sync for iPhone/iPod users, which provides basic hard-wired connectivity between smartphones and TVs. On the horizon though, new networked TVs will take this technology a step further. According to Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research:
“Consumer wishes are very clear – no new wires. The incorporation of wireless allows more than just networking, with powerful ad-hoc functions such as transfer of photos and video from a smart phone to a TV using Wireless Direct, or a program guide to be navigated without interrupting viewing.”
Since it will likely be awhile until networked TVs become the de facto display device in every living room, it's important to understand that there are still solutions available to bring wireless connectivity to an HD display.  Provided it has an Ethernet port, the Universal Wi-Fi N Adapter allows you to connect an HDTV (or Blu-ray player, game console, etc) to any Wireless-N network in a home or office. This low-cost alternative is an ideal accessory for someone who's just invested in a non-WiFi enabled display, giving them the flexibility to install a home entertainment center anywhere, while remaining connected to the Internet. It's easy to see why manufacturers are so committed to networked TVs, but we'd like to how you would take advantage of an Internet-connected TV? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or via Twitter. *The DisplaySearch Quarterly TV Design and Features Report is a quarterly update of the issues and rapid shifts in TV feature developments. The 250+ page report examines and forecasts video processor and signal processing IC market development, including 120/100 and 200/240 Hz frame rates as well as market shares for major IC vendors. In addition, the report also features forecasting for MPEG-4 decoding and the digital broadcast environment around the world, including a forecast for DVB-T2; TV connectivity, such as wired and wireless networked TVs; LED backlighting; 3D-capability and implementation; remote controls and chassis design; and power consumption.

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