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The battle for Internet TV

The battle for Internet TV

The Techland blog reports from CES that things are heating up between companies, when it comes to watching television programs via the Web. From Yi-Wyn Yen’s dispatch:

Last month Veoh, an Internet TV startup that offers shows from “30 Rock” to “The Young and the Restless” online, discovered a telling statistic about consumers. Of the 23 million viewers who visited the site, a whopping 40 percent of them were watching shows on the Web during prime-time hours.

“Given the option, instead of sitting in front of the TV watching cable or satellite broadcasts, they were sitting in front of their computers watching Internet shows,” says Dmitry Shapiro, founder and chief innovation officer of Veoh.

“It’s the dream of every lazy employee to watch episodes of “Lost” at work,” says Shapiro. “But really, the better value is the ability to watch shows at any time. Whether you’re sitting at Starbucks with your laptop or watching TV in your living room, people want access to the same content. And they want it now.”

That message rang clear at the Consumer Electronic Show this week. TV manufacturers like Samsung, Sharp, and Panasonic all announced deals to stream content from companies ike Google to wireless televisions in an effort to bridge the gap between TV and the Internet. HP (HPQ), which along with Sony (SNE) began offering Internet-enabled flat-screens in 2006, announced that all future HP televisions will be wireless.

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