Digital TV Penetration Continues To Outpace Broadband

Digital TV Penetration Continues To Outpace Broadband

According to eMarketer's new report, Digital Television 2003, eMarketer forecasts the number of US digital TV households to reach 56.5 million in 2005, up from 38.9 million at the end of 2002. This equates to a rise in digital TV penetration from 35.9% of households in 2002 to 50% in 2005.

Digital TV Households in the US (millions)

DTV HouseholdsTotal Households
Source: eMarketer July 2003

"By way of comparison, digital TV household penetration will significantly exceed broadband Internet penetration by 2005, when approximately 30% of US households will have broadband Internet compared to 50% with digital TV," says eMarketer Senior Analyst Ben Macklin. "The emergence of digital TV has spawned a number of advanced TV services such as video-on-demand, high-definition TV and personal video recorders, all of which are transforming the TV viewing experience," adds Macklin.

eMarketer forecasts annual video-on-demand revenues to rise from $720 million in 2003 to $1.8 billion in 2006.

Video-on-Demand Revenue in the US

Digital cable subscribers (mil)19.222.524.526.931.2
VOD-enabled HH (mil)7.215.820.825.629.6
%VOD HH using VOD (%)2738465255
VOD users (mil)
Avg monthly VOD spend ($)101010109
Annual revenue (mil $)2287201,1521,5961,760
Source: eMarketer

Find out more about the Digital Television report here.

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