For the first time, consumers will buy more HDTV sets than traditional ones in 2006

This year, for the first time, consumers will buy more HDTV sets than traditional ones. Morgan Stanley estimates that nearly 26% of households will enjoy HDTV by year's end and that 67.6% will in 2010, as the  prices keep falling from today's $1,000 and up. But the cable industry is not fully ready to take advantage. Cable's legacy analog signals consume about two-thirds of a typical system's bandwidth, even after the industry spent $100 billion over a decade for fatter lines.  $69.5 billion
Annual Cable Revenue (residential), 2006 estimate by Kagan Research

Cable Industry Stats

US Television Households (March 2006)  110,600,000
Basic Cable Subscribers (March 2006) 65,500,000
Occupied Homes Passed by Cable (March 2006) 111,300,000
Premium Cable Units 51,800,000
Total Advertising Revenue (2006 estimate) $24.6 billion
Annual Franchise Fees Paid by Cable Industry (2005) $2.4 billion

Sources: 
National Cable & Telecommunications Association, 
Kagan Research LLC

 

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