Los Angeles - Nearly 80 percent of store-level CE retail
sales associates described themselves as familiar to very familiar with connected
TV, according to a survey conducted by Creative Channel Services (CCS).
The Internet is most likely to debut in the American living
room via a set-top box that is streaming rented content, according to the
nationwide survey of 3,300-plus CE retail sales associates conducted by CCS.
The retail marketing agency commissioned the survey to gain
an understanding of attitudes towards Internet TV (or connected TV) in
stand-alone products and as an embedded feature in TVs, Blu-ray players and
other entertainment devices at the retail store level.
The recent survey collected responses from store-level
associates at national, regional and local retailers of consumer electronics
products. The survey found that while nearly 80 percent of respondents
described themselves as familiar to very familiar with connected TV, more than
45 percent felt that consumers will prefer to invest approximately $250 in a
set-top box over a new Internet-enabled TV, Blu-ray player or home-theater
Respondents said the No. 1 reason consumers will invest in connected
TV is to have a unified multimedia experience (53 percent of respondents),
closely followed by streaming video (50 percent), Web surfing (39 percent),
using online applications (34 percent), listening to music (33 percent) and
viewing photographs (32 percent).
Though connected TV enjoys a high-profile at the moment,
more than half of the respondents didn't feel consumers would look to replace
their cable and satellite television services with it for at least another five
years (54 percent).
However, the responding retail professionals personally felt
that connected TV technology could replace cable and satellite services sooner,
with 28 percent seeing the shift taking hold in three years, and 22 percent
seeing it happening as early as two years.
"This survey is very telling," said Andy Restivo, president
and CEO of CCS. "Who better to ask to determine adoption trends for new
technologies than the people engaging shoppers every day? The survey highlights
the fact that the average retail salesperson carries with them a tremendous
amount of product knowledge, even for nascent technologies. As key influencers
of consumer purchasing decisions, retail salespeople can drive adoption of
cutting-edge technologies and help new products find homes in people's living
If the shift is going to happen soon, manufacturers will
need to do more to inform the general public about connected TV technology. In
a survey of consumers, also sponsored by CCS, just 31 percent of respondents
said they were familiar with the technology, and only 17 percent said they were
likely to purchase a connected TV solution within the next year.