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DTV Sets are Broadband Entertainment Hubs

With digital television sets (DTVs) supplanting analog models in much of the world, consumer electronics manufacturers are adding new features -- such as Internet connectivity and wireless HD capability to broaden their appeal, according to the latest market study by In-Stat.

"DTVs are competing with computers to be the entertainment hub of the home," says Brian O'Rourke, In-Stat analyst.

TV sets with broadband Internet connectivity are already commercially available in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Models from Hitachi, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, and Sony can connect directly to the Internet without a home computer.

CES 2010 will likely feature a plethora of new TV models, and associated OTT video services.

In-Stat's market study found the following:

- 36 percent of digital TV sets sold in 2013 will be network-enabled.

- DTV Revenue in Asia-Pacific will see a 6.3 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) from 2008 to 2013, the fastest growth among the major regions, except for Rest-of-World.

- DTVs are now the only TVs available in most of North America, Western Europe, and Japan.

- Silicon TV tuners capable of demodulating both analog and digital television signals in a single chipset are beginning to replace Can TV tuners in high-end models.

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