Suppliers including Thomson, Toshiba, Hitachi and Philips unveiled at CES HDTV sets
with DirecTv receivers built into them, providing the company with a further boost.
Samsung is marketing its HDTV set
under its new Tantus label, which identifies the company's high-end product.
Richard & Son and Tops Appliance City -- only The Wiz and Tops stores merchandised HDTV sets
said it will take a narrowing of the price points between HDTV sets
and big-screen analog sets before greater numbers of American households embrace digital TV.
represent 30% of South Korea's TV households, Bhang says.
5 million HDTV sets
have been sold to consumers and it's estimated that 11 percent of HDTV owners have more than one set.
But nobody knew if, when and how many people would buy HDTV sets
-- they were prohibitively expensive, and there was little programming available.
In Japan, HDTV sets
were available but consumers were not.
leaving Japan and Europe locked into analog, a method so costly that HDTV sets
sell for an astronomical $ 15,000 apiece in Japan.