The sale of internet enabled consumer electronics devices is expected to surpass that of personal computers over the next few years.
According to the Consumer Platforms Report released by market research company IHS iSuppli, the sale of connected consumer electronics devices, which include TVs, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, Blu-Ray players and tablet devices, will reach 503.6 million units in 2013, up from 161 million units in 2010.
Meanwhile, the personal computer market will grow from 222.3 million units in 2010 to 253.3 million units in 2013. The research reported that by 2015, the shipments of connected devices will rise to 780.8 million units while PC shipments will be at 479.1 million.
The rise in shipments of internet connected consumer electronic devices will be led by tablet PC devices, which will ship 61.9 million units in 2013, up from 19.7 million units in 2010, the study claims.
“These new figures are the latest evidence that the Internet is not just for PCs anymore,” said Jordan Selburn, principal analyst for consumer platforms at IHS.
“The Internet now is revolutionising the consumer electronics business by delivering a range of products that can bring Web-based content to homes. In the future, consumers will be more likely to access the Internet through their televisions than via their PCs,” he added.