The classic argument against watching television and playing video games is that both activities rot your brain. So that must mean that using a game console to stream television shows and/or movies to a TV is like the turducken of brain damaging technologies.
And yet, as analysts at In-Stat report, game consoles are now the most popular vehicle for bringing web-based video to televisions, and by 2013, the number of consoles used for this purpose will surpass 10.7 million. By that same time, revenues from streaming web content to TVs will hit an impressive $2.9 billion.
And if that wasn't enough consumer penetration for you, within the next five years, analysts predict that 24 million households will be watching Web-to-TV content. Given that In-Stat found that 29 percent of 25 to 34 year olds in the US already stream video through gaming consoles, it’s easy to imagine the kind of massive expansion analysts are predicting.
In addition, NewTeeVee points out that sales of Internet streaming devices are expected to surpass 100 million units by 2013, which seems even more possible when you consider that the next generation of game consoles will have most likely been released by that time, all of which will support the latest and greatest Web-powered technologies. I mean, that’s assuming there are such things as televisions, video games and the Internet in four years.
Could game consoles eventually replace cable boxes entirely? If so, how long do you think it will take?