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Living room connected devices (LRCD) are

any items of consumer electronics normally found in the living room — such as televisions, games consoles or radios — which are connected to the Internet, either directly or through a wireless router.[1]

Overview[]

While LRCDs may not appear to be much different from their earlier, unconnected versions, their heightened computing power increasingly gives them 'PC-like' capabilities similar to that of a home computer. The most common LRCDs seem to be smart TVs, set- or net-top boxes (STBs or NTBs), connected Blu-ray disc players and games consoles, all of which are primarily used for entertainment, such as watching TV or playing games (some people also listen to radio through their TV). Smart meters are not a living room device. . . .

LRCDs are also enabled and supported by a range of technological tools. The primary enabling technology for the ICLR is a broadband Internet connection, which is often supported through a wireless (Wi-Fi) router. LRCDs are also supported by 'second screen' devices, which are smart phones or tablet computers used to interact with LRCDs (particularly smart TVs and games consoles).

LRCDs provide users with new opportunities to interact with living room entertainment technologies, enabling a higher level of personalisation and convenience. The consumer benefits of LRCDs are driving market growth, which is forecasted to be significant in coming years. While estimates vary as to current and future use of LRCDs among UK households, existing evidence suggests that the ICLR has established itself as a growing trend.

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