Worldwide 28.6 million HDTV sets will be in viewers’ homes by year’s end and that number will reach more than 106 million by 2010, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media.
While millions of HD sets are in use, only about a third are being used to watch HDTV programming. According to the report, entitled “HDTV,” about 9.8 million have the necessary set-top box or built-in HD tuner to allow viewers to receive HD programming. Informa projects that figure will grow to 75 percent by 2010 when 80 million homes will be able to receive high-definition programming.
The Informa report projects the top five global HD countries by sets in homes as follows:
Country200420052010 United States 11,353 ,000 16,488 ,000 48,262,000 Japan 5,604,000 7,627,000 19,938,000 China 509,000 1,203,000 10,034,000 Germany 60,000 174,000 5,338,000 Canada 1,650,000 2,164,000 4,289,000
For more information, visit www.informamedia.com/hdtv?src=itmpr.