Jumping into streaming TV

Despite the disarray and the emergence of the so-called smart TV, ownership of streaming media devices is rising and competition among manufacturers is intensifying. When boxes including Apple TV and Roku started seeing wide adoption a couple of years ago, many analysts guessed they were merely a stopgap measure until everybody bought a TV set that could connect directly to the Internet. But adoption of smart TVs has fallen short of expectations. Though the number of U.S. adults with high-definition TV has jumped 25 percentage points to 78% during the last four years, the tally of smart-television-owning adults has ticked up only 14 percentage points to 21%, according to media consulting firm Frank N. Magid Associates Inc. Meanwhile, the number of consumers with streaming devices is growing rapidly and is already on par with smart TVs at 21% – Paresh Dave,Los Angeles Times