Smart TV Surges in Popularity Worldwide

NPD DisplaySearch:

Approximately 27% of TV sets shipped worldwide had internet connectivity, led by Japan, where 46% of sets had networking capability, and Western Europe with 36%.

Here we go again: shipped v. sold. TV brands increase their profit margins by pushing smart or 3D. So in Q1’12 TV brands shipped a whole bunch of TVs with internet connectivity. Does that mean smart TVs are now popular?