According to a recent NPD report:
- 3 million SmartTVs shipped in China in Q1 2012
- This represents 30% of all TVs shipped in the country in the quarter
Lenovo recently launched a SmartTV that features an embedded system by JiaJia TV, which is a lite gaming console on a chip within the SmartTV. This means Chinese gamers will have a legal alternative to physical game consoles, which are still banned in the country. The Chinese SmartTV console systems likely will become a viable market, potentially even for western games over the next several years. Given the state of play in China, content for now will be homegrown, Chinese content from Chinese publishers.
With streaming online games, there is an emerging market that I predict will start to see parallels in North America and Europe over the next 2-3 years. Expect to see Samsung, LG and Sony watching Lenovo’s moves very closely in China as they all look to embed console technology into their SmartTV offerings as well. By 2015, you should see some high quality games coming to SmartTVs in Europe and North America.