HD models taking over PVR market

The personal video recorder (PVR) market is continuing to grow, fuelled by high-definition models, reports In-Stat.

"Demand for HD units has increased dramatically recently," says Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst. "Over the past 18 months, HD PVR product unit shipments have not only surpassed SD PVR product unit shipments, they now account for nearly 3⁄4 of all PVR product shipments."

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

– Global PVR unit shipments exceeded 25 million in 2008.

– Multi-room or "whole home" PVR service has become available in an increasing number of cities in the US over the last year.

– On a regional basis, growth of PVR products is much stronger in Asia Pacific and Europe, compared to the more mature North American market.

– Over 1⁄4 of US survey respondents were extremely or very interested in multi-room PVR capability.

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