Feeds

Telly makers failing to turn punters on to smart TV

Games consoles to be most popular IPTV platform?

Business security measures using SSL

IPTV Week

UK consumers aren't yet turning on to the smart TV concept, pollster YouGov revealed today.

Over the Christmas 2011 period, smart TV ownership rose by just a single percentage point, the psephologist said. In November 2011, ten per cent of the UK population owned a smart TV.

Back then, 15 per cent of UK consumers, based on YouGov's polling data, said they plan to buy a smart TV during the following 12-month period, and a further 16 per cent said they might do so.

That latter constituency now stands at 25 per cent, suggesting punters are opening up to the idea of owning a TV that can connect to the internet for extra - "over the top", as it's called in the biz - programming.

But only 16 per cent - a single percentage point up on the last time punters were asked - will buy a smart TV for sure.

Even if smart TV ownership doesn't increase, there's clearly an interest in IPTV. YouGov found that games console ownership "saw a big uplift" over the Christmas period. All of the current consoles can access one or more net TV services.

And consumers are interested in HD TVs. Flat-panel telly ownership rose four per cent over Christmas to 59 per cent of telly owners.

How many of those new purchases can connect to the internet but their owners are aware of the capability? A fair few, we suspect.

Either way, TV makers need to do more to promote the feature, especially with the likes of Lovefilm and Netflix promoting all the other options open to consumers to view their services. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
4Gb/s speeds on a consumer drive, anyone?
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.