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.
Furthermore, millions of additional households that receive paid TV services will not view TV on an HDTV set
, and will miss out on the full digital experience.
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.
This report also takes an in-depth look at existing HDTV service providers, and provides five-year forecasts for worldwide HDTV households by transmission platform (satellite, cable, telco, and terrestrial), worldwide HDTV households by geographic region, US HDTV households, and the installed base of US HDTV sets
In the US, there is still a "disconnect" between HD services and the penetration of HDTV sets
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.