Up from 256.8 million in 2011.
Internet connectivity via TV and other electronics has been growing in recent years, and now analyst NPD In-Stat says the transition from standard household consumer electronics (CE) to become 'connected devices' will continue to grow in the next five years.
Key devices leading the movement include digital TVs, game consoles, satellite set top boxes and Blu-ray players. Connected devices are expected to hit 1.34 billion in 2016, compared to 256.8 million last year, according to the report.
Potentially these devices provide even wider reach for existing apps and the potential for new creative ideas that utilise the unique capabilities of the different form factors.
Norm Bogen, VP of Research, said: "CE is no longer about ‘dumb’ devices that exist at the edge of the network to provide specific functions, but rather about ‘intelligent’ devices at the edge of the network that can connect consumers to new stores of content and engage them in new digital experiences.
"This simple fact is having a profound impact on the development of the digital media and entertainment industry, which clings to the old practices of using networks to control the user viewing experience."
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