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CEA: 44% Of HDTV Owners Receive HD Signals

Arlington, Va. — A new study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) predicts 16 million high-definition televisions will sell in 2007, bringing the total number of HDTVs sold in the United States to 52.5 million.

The CEA said 30 percent of U.S. households now have an HDTV, likely rising to 36 percent by the end of this year. Among current HDTV households, almost a third own more than one high-definition set.

The CEA study, entitled “HDTV: You Have the Set, But Do You Have the Content?”, found that 44 percent of HDTV owners receive HD programming.

The main reasons consumers stated for not receiving the programming was that it was too expensive or they were not interested. Yet, while there is some confusion among HD owners as to whether they are receiving HD programming, the vast majority of owners understand what programming they receive and do not receive.

The CEA study also showed that a primary reason for purchasing an HDTV is “improve their movie and gaming experience.”

Currently, the most prevalent device connected to an HDTV not receiving HD programming is a DVD player. Nearly 40 percent of these consumer households also connect surround sound and video game systems to their HDTV, CEA said.

“Consumers are satisfied overall with HDTV,” said CEA research director Joe Bates. “But our studies indicate continued education is necessary to ensure consumers truly understand how to receive the full HD experience.”

Sixty-six percent of owners who receive HD programming get their programming through a cable company. Of the remaining households receiving HD programming, 27 percent are satellite, 8 percent are over-the-air, 3 percent fiber-optic service and 3 percent from the Internet. This profile mirrors the U.S. television reception profile, indicating that HD content is not resulting in a migration to or from any one television-programming provider.

“As we have seen for years, consumers still demand more HD content,” continued Bates. “Currently, more than 50 percent of HD households show some interest in upgrading their HD subscription package to include more HD channels.”

The study was designed and formulated by CEA Market Research, a source of sales data, forecasts, consumer research and historical trends for the consumer electronics industry. The study was administered via telephone interview to a random national sample of 2,508 U.S. adults between April 10 and 24, 2007. The complete study is available free to CEA member companies. Non-members may purchase the studies for $599 at ebrain (