@M|P3 You may feel it is booming, but studies show that there is a small install base <2 million and of those, a large percentage are watching SD on these sets. I think I read that the hope is by 2012 that there will be some serious HD audience percentages. Maybe by then, upwards of 70% of Europeans will have HDTV capable sets. But, I still think that this all depends on what happens in the markets in the coming months…the stock markets that is.
If the US economy tanks, I am afraid of the impact in the interdependant world market these days. I could see the euro bubble burst as a lot of the crooked and failing securities in the US were offloaded to folks to the east. ’
The freakin oil speculators and our busy body president along with the corporate shills we call congress and senate has things all screwed up and artificially inflated.
If the european market was so dominant in the HDTV realm, I doubt that the US HDTV sets would be getting prices slashed by 40-50%! Especially, when the dollar is worth so little…I think a euro is about 1.58 at the moment.
I hope I am wrong, but I think we haven’t seen the bottom yet and I suspect that it will not be totally isolated to the United States. I think I should be buying Chinese money right now!!
Read this if you don’t believe me:
“Europes economy takes a hit”
“Just a few weeks ago, Europe thought it could escape the worst of the global slowdown. Now it looks like the euro zone, the world’s second-largest economy, is headed for a hard landing and perhaps recession, compounding growth troubles around the world.”