A recent survey found that most households in the United States with televisions have them connected to the Internet. According to the Leichtman Research Group:
"... 65% of US TV households have at least one television set connected to the Internet via a video game system, a smart TV set, a Blu-ray player, and/or a stand-alone device (like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV) -- up from 44% in 2013, and 24% in 2010... 74% [of households] have more than one device... Overall, there are more connected TV devices in US households than there are pay-TV set-top boxes..."
The survey included 1,206 households. It also included the types of televisions:
"79% of all TV sets in US households are HDTVs -- an increase from 34% of all TV sets in 2010, and 3% in 2004..."
"70% of all [households] with a connected TV agree that streaming services like Netflix are easy to access via connected TV devices... 20% with a pay-TV HD set-top box agree that set-top boxes from TV companies are a waste of money, while 44 percent disagree... 42% [of households] with a pay-TV HD set-top box agree that set-top boxes from TV companies provide features that add value to the TV service, while 16% disagree... 68% [of households] with 3 or more set-top boxes are very satisfied with their pay-TV provider, compared to 54% [for households] with 1-2 set-top boxes..."
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed unlocking set-top boxes to encourage more innovation, competition, choices, and lower prices for consumers. That's welcome news for households dissatisfied with set-top boxes they are forced to purchase from cable-TV providers.