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Global HD TV set penetration is growing, due to cheaper TV sets and a greater channel availability, a new Telecoms & Media report argues. According to the “Global HDTV Forecasts to 2016: 6th edition,” just 3 percent of worldwide households had a HD TV set in 2005. Some 34 million HD households are expected to be added in 2011, totaling 131 million. This number is expected to grow more than thrice in 2016.
Currently, North America is the leading market, representing two thirds of total HDTVs in 2010. This rate is expected to fall in the future, as other regions will be updated. Asia Pacific is the third largest region, something which is mainly due to Japan’s early adoption.
These gains are attributed to the fact that TV set prices have fallen to more affordable levels. Also, the number of offered channels has become something appealing to mass audiences. Some operators are even offering free HD channels within other packages. This raises prospects for new changes, turning HD into something standard and new Ultra HD into an improvement.
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