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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 12/31/2010

CES 2011 Preview: Internet TVs

By Hayley Tsukayama

As Techland pointed out in their list of "The Broken Tech Promises of 2010 (and Their Silver Linings for 2011)", converged televisions were supposed to be in our homes this year. And although folks are certainly watching television content online, connected TVs are certainly not the norm.

It's possible 2011 will be the year of the Internet TV, if next week's Consumer Electronics Show is any indication. Several companies are rumored to unveil gadgets that merge your television and your Web browser, whether through a set-top box or an all-in-one unit. Over at CNet, they are predicting that "internet connectivity itself will become standard on mid-range and higher models."

LG is the latest to talk about what they've got cooking, announcing that they will be unveiling a new set-top box at CES, the Smart TV Upgrader, on Thursday. According to Information Week, the box will be 11 inches and will let regular TV owners access premium online content, Smart Share and LG Apps.

One major competitor in the Internet television field, Google TV, probably the most-watched Internet TV service, has asked its television makers to delay their announcements until after CES to give Google time to refine its software after a less-than-enthusiastic reception. Despite the hangups, Logitech told Slashgear that, despite rumors to the contrary, they will be at the show with the Revue set-top box.

Are you excited about Internet television? Or is it just another hyped-up fad?

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 31, 2010; 12:12 PM ET
Categories:  CES 2011, Gadgets, TV, Telecom, The Web  
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In addition to internet connected TV's are TV-connected computers. Software like that offered by and others make TV watching easy on a PC or laptop. I would think that most people find TV-connected computers more convenient and accessible since you can watch from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Posted by: Jenniferweb | December 31, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Internet television is the future, not a fad. It will supplement, not replace, over the air TV (for a long while, at least). It could soon replace, however, cable and satellite. I'm ready. I don't have cable or satellite. But they have to make it easy for me. I want to use my TV, not fool around with interfacing my PC to the TV. Like the Roku box. It just works. No fuss, no muss. If they want to sell this customer that's what they have to do. Maybe something like the LG box.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | December 31, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

What would REALLY excite me is a TV with built-in Cable connectivity. Why is it that Apple and Roku can make tiny boxes with so many features - yet I am still forced to use a Cable TV box that's ugly and half the size of the TV?

Posted by: jimmanning1 | January 3, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

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