US Internet-Connected TV Devices to Grow at 7% CAGR Until 2021

In the US, at the end of 2017, 210 million devices were installed in consumer homes, actively delivering internet connectivity to the TV screen, and by the end of 2021, there are forecast to be 275 million, according to The NPD Group. While smart TVs and streaming media players will continue to drive installed internet-connected TV device growth, making up 49% and 29% of the total growth respectively through 2021, the forecast anticipates the number of new households purchasing devices will begin to slow late in the forecast period, as the market reaches saturation.

Historically, in the US, gaming consoles were the leading installed and internet-connected TV device, but by the end of 2018, the number of streaming media players and smart TVs installed and connected to the internet are expected to surpass gaming consoles. According to the forecast, smart TVs will overtake this leading position, driven by sales of smart TVs 40″ and below, continued growth of internet connect rates, growing usage of streaming video services and rising Ultra HD adoption, as virtually all UHD TVs come with apps installed.

Additionally, consumers replace TVs every 6.9 years on average, and given that smart TV sales picked up during 2013, replacements are expected to accelerate during 2019 and 2020. This will drive smart TV sales but lead to a slowdown in the number of additional connected TV households, a trend that will be seen in the streaming media player market as well. Executive director John Buffone commented:

“DeviceJohn Buffone purchases are shifting from first-time connected TV households and those connecting TVs in secondary rooms, to consumers entering into a device and smart TV upgrade cycle. From a content distributor perspective, this means investing in resources to ensure today’s apps are updated for newer devices and TVs”.