January 5, 2011 Study: 350 million Web-enabled TV devices to be sold by 2015 Nearly 350 million Web-enabled TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and other devices will be sold worldwide by 2015, four times the number from last year, according to new research from Parks Associates. That blossoming market is going to be a boon for apps developers because of the growing consumer demand for access to online video, streaming music, photos, social networking, personalized news, games and other content on their TVs. And of course, that will have implications for tech companies like Apple, Google, Yahoo, Netflix and other that are all clamoring to get a piece of the action. "Content options are finally catching up to the hardware innovations, and growing libraries of on-demand movies and TV available are starting to unlock the potential of connected TV devices as multifunction online entertainment and communications platforms," Kurt Scherf, vice president of the Dallas research firm, said in a press release. Parks released the report in time for the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which will be flooded with the latest, greatest Web-enabled TVs and other devices. Also for CES, The Nielsen Co. compiled a list of its consumer electronics research that shows, for example, there are 115.9 million U.S. homes with at least one TV, inluding 65 million with HD-compatible monitors and 43.1 million with digital video recorders. And the average American watches 35.6 hours of TV per week, although nearly three hours per week are time shifted using a DVR. For more on "The U.S. Media Universe," click HERE.