AS SEEN ON TV

In 2011, some 20 million TVs, about 11% of those shipped, will be able to download movies from the Internet, according to a report from market-research firm ABI

Panasonic VieraResearch. That’s up from just 2% of all shipments this year. Last month, the research firm Yankee Group estimated that sales of Web-connected TVs would be about 50 million in 2013, up from 6 million this year.

New TVs from LG Electronics, Panasonic, Vizio and others will provide direct Internet access to movies, TV shows, YouTube, and other services though an Ethernet port on the TV. You will need a high-speed Internet connection, often called “broadband” to handle the massive data stream that comes in with video. Sets will be available this Fall and are expected to start around $750 for large screens.

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