According to a recent study by In-Stat WiFi enabled televisions are about to explode onto the market. Last year, fewer than 5 million TV sets shipped in the US had Wi-Fi connectivity features. That number is set to grow to over 60 million units in the next 4 years, according to the report.
TVs will account for only a part of the Wi-Fi device market. By 2013, there will be more than 3 billion devices with Wi-Fi connectivity, says the report.
Laptops and desktop computers now have Wi-Fi as a standard feature, and "that same consumer desire is now resulting in Wi-Fi adoption across the entire range of connected consumer electronics," said In-Stat VP of research Frank Dickson.
The newest digital TVs can stream Youtube videos, connect with Facebook, and access a Netflix account without the need for any additional hardware. That connectivity is resonating with consumers who want the same connectivity in their home entertainment devices that they enjoy in their laptops, desktops and smart-phones.