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HDTV Service now in 10 million homes

As of last month, 10 million homes around the world were watching HDTV programming on HD sets. Four million of these HDTV households are in the U.S., up from 1.6 million. A survey of U.S. consumers showed that 76 percent of the respondents had watched HDTV programming on an HDTV set, although many of the respondents noted that they had simply seen a demonstration of HDTV in a retail store.

HDTV services are widely available in five countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States, and South Korea. Forty-five percent of the worldwide HDTV households get their service from satellite.

According to In-Stat, by the end of 2005, the worldwide total of HDTV service households is projected to reach 15.5 million. The rate of growth of HDTV households is expected to be strong over the next several years, and by 2009, HDTV households worldwide are forecasted to reach 52 million.

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