Report says 14 million homes will own HD hardware by year’s end

The report also finds that despite remarkable growth in HD acceptance, government steps are likely to be necessary if the analog switchoff is to happen on schedule
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U.S. households owning some type of HD-capable hardware will nearly double this year to 14 million, according to a new study from Strategy Analytics.

According to the company’s “The Transition to Digital Television: FCC Mandates and Market Evolution” report, 8.7 million homes owned HD hardware last year.

Other findings:

  • Seven million HD homes will receive HD programming from cable, satellite or terrestrial broadcast this year;
  • Thirty-seven million households will receive HD programming by 2008;
  • Despite remarkable growth, digital television hardware market penetration won’t attain the government’s timetable for analog switchoff, thus the FCC must consider measures such government subsidies for set-top downconverters.

For more information, visit www.strategyanalytics.com.

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