Background and Identification
A television accessory (also called a TV accessory) is an accessory used in conjunction with a television (TV) or another compatible display device. Television accessories are intended to improve the user experience or offer new services.
The first television accessory that allowed owners to actively influence the content displayed on the television was the Magnavox Odyssey. The Magnavox Odyssey was the first commercially available home video game console and was first introduced in September 1972. The Clie Pega-VR100K was one of the first television accessories that could record TV programs for consumers. The Clie Pega-VR100K was released in October 2003.
The television accessories market is a rapidly growing market. Some popular manufacturers of television accessories include Sony, Apple, Magnavox, Nvidia, Amazon, Google, and Samsung. Many third-party suppliers also produce television accessories.
Television accessories include soundbars, universal remotes, HDMI switches, and home video game consoles. A soundbar is a loudspeaker that projects audio from a wide enclosure. Universal remotes are remote controls that can be programmed to operate various brands of consumer electronics devices. HDMI switches accept inputs from multiple HDMI sources and send the signal to the television. Home video game consoles are designed to be connected to a display device.