Saturday, January 24, 2009

Web-connected TVs expanding entertainment offerings

DENVER (Billboard) – That oldest of questions -- "Anything good on TV?" -- may soon get a new answer: Music.

A new generation of Internet-connected TV sets are emerging as potentially useful tools for the recording industry in its ongoing quest to extend the reach of digital music into living rooms.

Judging from the buzz that connected TVs from Samsung, Sony, Vizio and LG generated at the otherwise subdued International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, Internet access may soon become as important a feature to TV buyers as screen size and resolution.

Attempts to bring online connectivity to TV screens are hardly new. What's different this year is that instead of pitching such TVs as a way to browse the Web, TV makers are touting their ability to deliver a wider range of entertainment options.

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