Recently, ABI Research conducted a study that took a look at the modern, smart home, and its most coveted devices. According to the study smart TVs and Blu-ray players are continuing to lead the popularity ranks, quickly become the favorite device in the home.

Amongst the findings, ABI went on to state that smart TV penetration in North America and Western Europe will reach 10 percent in 2012, with numbers expected to soar to 50 percent as early as 2017.

Not only does a smart TV’s picture quality go above and beyond, the Internet connection on the main screen makes it a connected device homeowners both want and need. There are a number of ways one can go about making their TV a “smart” TV. It all started with the game console acting as that lifeline to the Internet, but now Blu-ray has become a major contender in the smart TV wave. ABI Research has looked into the future potential of smart TV’s and has placed them as the most desired device to receive Internet content on the main screen because of the lack of inputs needed to access online content. And, with smart TV’s evolving before our eyes, there are a number of manufacturers who have stepped up to the plate, helping to lead the smart TV revolution.

When you hear the name Samsung, it’s likely that visions of their flat screen beauties dance within your head, but it’s their new 75-inch ES9000 LED Smart 3D TV that covers all the bases. It is said to deliver a “larger-than-life, extra premium experience” . Combined with a timeless design that includes a rose-gold finish, no visible seams and a state-of-the-art built-in web camera, the ES9000 LED is truly one of a kind.

LG is also a CE innovator looking to lead the smart TV game, and believes that TV’s should be as entertaining as they are fashionable, which is why they do their best to ensure that their TV’s are worthy of being the focal point of any room. LG Smart TVs give you access to a limitless world of entertainment in a way that’s easier and more fun than ever before. With Premium apps for every interest, you can browse the Web and stay connected.

Sharp also strives to offer smart TV’s that are… well, even smarter than smart. Between online services and apps, their smart TV’s have proven to be not only ultra-powerful but also user-friendly. For example, very AQUOS Smart TV comes with built-in Wi-Fi, diminishing any potential cable mess and connection hassles. With brilliant picture quality, that delivers crystal clear, high definition images, you almost forget that the TV has brains too! Along, built-in Wi-Fi the 90” Class also features SmartCentral, giving you quick access to the most popular apps, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as movies on demand via Netflix, Vudu and CinemaNow.

Depending on the size and functions that you want your smart TV to have, there are an incredible amount of options you can choose from, and all from reputable, dependable manufacturers. And if the data isn’t enough, let the beauty of the technology speak for itself – now seems like it is about time to jump on the smart TV train, and ride it to HD heaven!

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