The proportion of UK homes with smart TVs will grow from 31% at the end of this year to 71% by 2018, according to the Smart TV Report from Futuresource Consulting.

The report also forecasts that 44% of the TVs sold in the UK this year will be smart TVs. Futuresource Consulting senior market analyst Jack Wetherill said: “People aren’t just buying the feature, they’re using it too. Around 80% of the smart TVs in people’s homes [around the world] are connected to the internet, with the pervasion of embedded wi-fi and auto-boot on track to lift this fi gure to over 90% by 2016.”