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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
With all of the talk from TV stations saying that there have not been enough HDTV sets sold, does anyone really know how many have been sold?
Any body care to take a rough guess.
This is from a news story;

July 13, 2001
CBS, which broadcasts most of its prime-time schedule in the high-definition format, is hoping the wider availability of its digital programming could help drive the sale of HDTV sets. Viewers without HDTV sets can't see the improved quality of digital transmissions, and it is estimated that fewer than one million homes in the U.S. have HDTV sets.

the link: http://www.delphi.com/dbs_satellite/messages/?msg=496.1
once you get there you have to scroll down on the left and goto "in the news" HDTV CBS for the full story.

[This message has been edited by benjamin921 (edited 07-21-2001).]
post #2 of 8
There are actually 2 issues here. The number of sets that are HDTV capable and the number that have the STB to receive HDTV broadcasts.

The numbers I've heard are that there are slightly more than 1 million HDTV capable sets and approximately 25K-35K STBs (or people who can watch HDTV). I have also heard the number 100K for STBs. Either way it isn't many.

We are still in the early adaptor stage of HDTV and have got years to go.

My Home Theater

[This message has been edited by Craig Colvin (edited 07-21-2001).]
post #3 of 8
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Yup we are in the early years.
Its like the gates are open and nobody wants to go. I hope this great move (CBS HDhttp://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif) by Charliehttp://www.avsforum.com/ubb/cool.gif gets things going some.
How does that go? If they build it....

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post #4 of 8
I bet it doubles by Xmas. Best Buy and Circuit City are beginning to market it heavily. They seem to be setting up for Xmas sales.

Ken Elliott
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post #6 of 8
A few days ago the CEA reported that 1,221,907 DTV products had been sold to dealers since 1998. They have been selling at about the rate of 245K per quarter.

The CEA last reported STB and integrated receiver sales to dealers thru Feb 2001. At that time they totaled 95,267. In the quarter ending February they totaled 28,998.

You can see the details at: http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/Forum11/HTML/010908.html#1
post #7 of 8
I wish they would stop making 4:3 TVs and just make 16x9 HDTV ready sets as a standard.

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post #8 of 8
In regard to 4:3 vs 16:9:
On May 7 twice.com reported that
"CEA said 32 percent of DTV displays featured the 16:9 widescreen form factor, while 68 percent had the more traditional 4:3 ratio."

In regard to Wal-Mart:
One person has reported seeing 2 HDTV sets in one store near the corporate headquarters. No one else has reported seeing any sets in Wal-Mart.
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