Additional reasons for rejecting high-definition programming service include the fact that 41 percent do not believe HD services are worth the required fees, 30 percent feel they don't have it in the budget after buying the HDTV set
itself and 18 percent do not feel there are enough channels available in high-definition to make arrangements worthwhile.
At a press conference, Eddy Hartenstein, president of DirecTv, said he is in discussions with other manufacturers to include DirecTv receivers in their HDTV sets
Among those who purchased their HDTV set
in the past year, 18 percent say they did so to connect it to a high definition video game console like Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.
Sony Electronics and Thomson Consumer Electronics are among the other companies that will ship all-in-one HDTV sets
, Sony by month's end and Thomson in early 1999.
Private industry and the Federal government have worked hand-in-hand to deploy millions of digital converter boxes, and by working together again, we will ensure that all consumers enjoy the benefits of DTV broadcasts over an affordable HDTV set
," Ginsburg added.
There, a sales associate said that, as the HDTV sets
are all priced in the $8,000 range, they cost the retailer too much.
In addition, Comcast has experienced a 143% increase in the number of customers connecting HDTV sets
to Comcast's HD service during January 2005 versus January 2004.
Sporting a unique design with a slide-on screen protector and motorized, lighted control panel, Zenith's rear-projection 56W model is an integrated HDTV set
To educate viewers about digital television, FOX 2 and ABC Warehouse have launched an on-air campaign entitled, THE ABCs OF DTV, a series of informational vignettes featuring FOX 2's Dan Miller and Chris Edwards, coupled with an offer to enter a contest to win a 65-inch HDTV set
and an in-home party to watch the Super Bowl.
Some consumers have told retailers that they would rather put off buying a new set until HDTV sets
come along, Sims said.
For pay-TV applications, the HD-VCR would record scrambled (encrypted) programming for playback only through an HDTV set
equipped to descramble the pay-TV program, Luplow explained.
The US Market: HDTV Households and HDTV Set
Installed Base Forecasts, 2004-2010 (Households and Units in Thousands)