Companies producing tablet computers could make them desirable to IPTV customers and help the market for the devices grow as a means of delivering broadcasting via wireless communications.
That is according to IMS Research, which claimed that six months of iPad sales have boosted interest in tablet devices and that it expects 21 million tablets will ship in 2010, with netbook popularity waning.
This growth will be led by the telecommunications industry, which could develop the products to use wireless communications technology to allow consumers to access web-based TV.
Anna Hunt, study author and principal analyst at IMS Research, said: "In-home telco-branded tablets made by suppliers such as Technicolor and Sagemcom will also start to gain share of the global tablet market. These devices will be targeted at IPTV and triple-play subscribers."
IMS Research focuses on analysing the equipment shipments and revenues data from global computer firms to produce an accurate overview of the current market and predictions for the future.