Thanks to Hulu and Netflix, people don’t necessarily need television sets in order to consume media. But while the recession prompted consumers to cut back on dining out and other frivolities, they did continue to spend on home entertainment, which has prompted many TV manufacturers invest in new, Internet-enabled models. So even while traditional television is being challenged by the rise of Internet video streaming, manufacturers are embracing new consumer behaviors.

Look at Sony’s search-centric Google TV, for example. The set allows user to search for “Seinfeld,” and call up air times, cast information from IMDB and information on where the content can be viewed on the web — it’s a more holistic and streamlined experience.

There are several other ways to stream web content to your TV, including the use of connected devices like Boxee Box. The symbiosis between Internet, apps and TV could keep the TV industry going strong.

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