Deliver Your News to the World

Penetration of HDTV Service Rising Rapidly, But Still Only Available in a Few Countries


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., August 14, 2006 - The number of households watching High-Definition (HD) TV programming continues to rise rapidly, reports In-Stat ( Households with HDTV service, which are defined as homes with an HDTV set that receive and watch HD programming, are projected to grow from 15 million in mid-2006 to 20.3 million at the end of 2006. This impressive household growth is tempered by the fact that it is occurring in just a few countries, the high-tech market research firm says. On a more positive note, several new countries introduced HDTV service this year.

“Consumer demand to see the World Cup in HD served as a catalyst for the start of HDTV services in several European countries,” says Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst. “In addition, select TV households in countries like China, Singapore, and Mexico can now also get HDTV service.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

* As of mid-2006, the US and Japan accounted for 91% of all worldwide HDTV households. Other countries with significant numbers of HDTV households include Canada, Australia, and South Korea.
* The number of worldwide HDTV households is expected to spike over the next few years as new markets for HD services, particularly in Europe, open up. By the end of 2009, In-Stat is projecting that the number of HDTV households will exceed 55 million.
* HDTV services are currently being delivered by all types of television service providers, including satellite/Direct-to-Home service providers, cable TV operators, telco TV operators, and terrestrial broadcasters.
* In the US, there is still a “disconnect” between HD services and the penetration of HDTV sets. Currently, only one-third of US households with HD-capable TV sets are actually using them to watch HD programming.

Recent In-Stat research, HDTV Service Expands: Over 15 Million Households Now Watch High-Def TV (#IN0603204MBS), covers the worldwide market for HDTV. It analyzes HDTV service market drivers and challenges, and provides forecasts for HDTV households by transmission platform and by geographic region through 2010. It also examines the HDTV business models of leading service providers.

This research is part of In-Stat’s Multimedia Broadband Service, which provides a worldwide, comprehensive perspective of multimedia broadband markets, analyzing cable, video-over-DSL, DBS, and IPTV services, and digital terrestrial broadcast. It examines subscribers, business models, industry agendas, and key cross-market combatants.

To purchase this research, or for more information, please contact Erin McKeighan at 480-609-4551; The price is $2,495 U.S. Dollars.


* Title: HDTV Service Expands: Over 15 Million Households Now Watch High-Def TV
* Service: Cable Industry
* Product Number: IN0603204MBS
* Publication Date: August 2006
* Number of Pages: 35
* Price: $2,495 U.S. Dollars
* Abstract, Table of Contents, Figures & Tables
* Members Only Access: Full text HTML , PDF

Market Research from In-Stat

In-Stat offers a broad range of information resources and analytical assets to technology vendors, service providers, technology professionals, and market specialists worldwide. The company stands alone in its ability to integrate both supply-side and demand-side research methodologies into a single comprehensive view of technology markets and products. This capability relies on a unique ability to cover the entire value chain from engineering-level technology, through equipment, infrastructure, services and end-users.

In-Stat is a strategic segment of the $8 billion Reed Elsevier global information network, with access to an expansive worldwide electronic network, extensive technology databases and well-informed personnel. In-Stat analysts gain exceptional insight into geographic market places and specific technologies within markets such as electronics, cable and wireless. As a member of Reed Business Information, In-Stat is a division of the largest business-to-business publisher in the U.S.


This news content was configured by WebWire editorial staff. Linking is permitted.

News Release Distribution and Press Release Distribution Services Provided by WebWire.