It’s about to get a lot harder to turn off the TV. A torrent of television-ready gadgets will hit the store shelves this year, including dozens of phones and tablet computers that will allow viewers to watch movies and TV shows from just about anywhere.
The proliferation of viewing devices — including a new generation of TV sets that connect to the internet — could boost the chances that viewers will do what cable and satellite companies fear most: cancel their $70 -a-month subscriptions in favour of cheaper web options.
“2010 was the year that people started wondering, questioning if cord-cutting is real,” said Phil Wiser, co-founder and president of Sezmi, a service that allows users to watch TV from both local stations and on-line sources. “In 2011, it’s going to become obvious.”