NPD Expects 239 Million Connected TVs by 2019

NPD said that it expects 238 million ‘installed’ devices to be connected to the internet and able to deliver apps to TVs in the US by 2019, 59% up from the number in 2015.

Connected TVs are projected to drive 45% of the growth over the coming four years, while less expensive, content-heavy streaming media players are projected to drive 35% growth.

The rate of connecting these devices is projected to increase from 70% in 2015 to 80% of installed units by the end of 2019, driven primarily by hardware prompting connectivity, an increase in quality app programming from TV networks, and improvements to user interfaces.

NPD john buffone“With an ever-increasing number of connectable devices expected to be connected to the Internet, viewers will have the ability to choose their preferred option instead of using the only device they have attached to their TV,” said John Buffone, executive director, industry analyst, NPD Connected Intelligence. “This shift will inevitably result in diminished usage for some devices.”

Beginning in 2016 and through the remainder of the forecast period (2019) NPD expects streaming media devices will be found in more homes than any other connected TV device. With multiple options available from industry leaders such as Google, Roku, Amazon and Apple, the firm expects 43% of U.S. internet homes will own at least one streaming media player by the end of 2019. However, Roku and (Google) Chromecast have expanded beyond streaming media players to take advantage of the growth in connected TV sales as well. A consolidation of operating systems has begun with more than ten TV manufacturers opting to partner with Roku and Chromecast, as opposed to manage their own app eco-system, the firm said.

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Separately, NPD said it had done a deal to collect OTT data. (NPD Partners with Tru Optik on OTT TV Data) (BR)