Although LG has just launched two broadband equipped HDTVs, it is not the only company bringing connected HDTVs to consumers. Toshiba is preparing its Regza models to enter the connected HDTV space later this year. Toshiba also plans to provide its consumers ways to access content such local weather reports, sports scores, and news in addition to being able to access content from networked PC’s.
According to a study by Parks Associates, 2.5 million U.S. and Canadian households are ready to buy an Internet-connected TV. In addition, they would be willing to pay up to $100 for the feature addition.
Market analyst The Yankee Group expects 50 million connected HDTVs, 30 million connected Blu-ray players and 11 million digital-media adapters to be purchased by 2013. These are a lot of devices that need to be connected to your home network. Of the many ways to connect your TV, and other devices (i.e. Blu-ray players, digital-media adapters, etc) to your home network , MoCA would seem to be the logical solution for media streaming if you don’t already have wired Ethernet.
MoCA will enable the maximum experience from the LG and Toshiba HDTVs from watching Netflix movies/TV shows, streaming YouTube videos, and accessing content from your networked PCs.
Connected HDTVs are definitely in our future if they’re convenient and useful and offered at a reasonable price.