Consumer in the market for a new TV will likely be purchasing one that allows them to browse sites such as Facebook and download apps as a result of an updated interface.

This article titled “CES 2012: the rise of smart TV” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 13th January 2012 17.03 UTC

If you’re planning to buy a TV set this year, then whether you realise it or not, it’s almost certain to come with the ability to hook up to the internet – to browse sites such as Facebook, YouTube or Wikipedia, and quite possibly download apps such as Angry Birds.

The rise of the “smart TV”, capable of connecting to internet services such as the BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service or the Netflix movie-streaming system, which launched last week in the UK, has been one of the most prominent trends this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the annual gadget and technology shindig.

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