HDTV to be 17% of European TV market in 2009

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  HDTV (high definition television) the next generation  television will probably reach 7 percent of the European homes by 2009 and  almost 17 percent of all sold TVs will be HDTVs, says IMS...
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…and 80% of thoes 17% that bought one said that the programs are still crap, but the pictures a little bit clearer… There are lies, damn lies and statistics :wink:

I am so glad I don’t live in Europe anymore! Yes I dislike gun-ho Americans, and their foods, but USA is after all the land of opportunity with 290 mill. people speaking the same language and with less standards, it is much easier to promote and sell such products. I have had a 38" Widescreen HDTV for now 2½ years, with free channels over the airwaves, plus other channels over Satellitte, speaking of which we have 3 choices, and about 30 HD channels.

Is HDTV standard the same for Europe and the USA, or do they differ due to historical PAL/NTSC differences?

In theroy they are the same, but they will probabally put something in there so you can’t buy cheap exports from overseas :frowning: