May 25, 2005 11:57 AM PDT

PVRs selling like hotcakes

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The number of households subscribing to personal video recording services has grown to 9.2 million, up about 155 percent from a year ago, according to a new study from In-Stat.

In May 2004, only 3.6 million households worldwide had access to a PVR service. This phenomenal increase in PVR households has benefited service providers such as TiVo and EchoStar.

According to the market researcher, hardware vendors had a windfall in 2004, with shipment volume jumping to 11.4 million units, up from 4.6 million pieces sold in the previous year. The phenomenal growth, a result of increasing awareness about time-shifting television programming, resulted in PVR revenue more than doubling to $4.3 billion from $2.1 billion in 2003.

"The deployment of PVR products has been a success story for both pay-TV service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers," In-Stat analyst Mike Paxton said in a release. "While the current growth of PVRs is being spurred by satellite TV set-top box products and DVD recorders with built-in hard-disk drives, other product segments like cable TV set top box-based PVRs are also flying off the shelves."

North America continues to be the largest market for PVRs, followed by Japan. The two regions accounted for 88 percent of the PVR product shipments in 2004.

A recent survey conducted by In-Stat in the United States revealed that 89 percent of households were either "extremely satisfied" or "very satisfied" with their PVR service.

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Selling like hotcakes?
So PVRs are like ranked 30,666 in Amazon's "Music" department? :-)

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/******/tg/detail/-/B000002GXN/qid=1117048149/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/102-4689061-8857734?v=glance&#38;s=music&#38;n=507846" target="_newWindow">http://www.amazon.com/exec/******/tg/detail/-/B000002GXN/qid=1117048149/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/102-4689061-8857734?v=glance&#38;s=music&#38;n=507846</a>

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Very Funny
:)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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Selling like hotcakes?
So PVRs are like ranked 30,666 in Amazon's "Music" department? :-)

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/******/tg/detail/-/B000002GXN/qid=1117048149/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/102-4689061-8857734?v=glance&#38;s=music&#38;n=507846" target="_newWindow">http://www.amazon.com/exec/******/tg/detail/-/B000002GXN/qid=1117048149/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/102-4689061-8857734?v=glance&#38;s=music&#38;n=507846</a>

Jim
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Very Funny
:)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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Subscribe now....
....only because I have too. As soon as a non-subscription unit comes my way, I'm dropping Time Warner's unit and the occasional restrictions they place on things I can record. And also the fact that I can't burn what I want to either disk or HDD. Of course it is the idea of stand-alone, non-subscription priced DVRs that cable and DSS fear. No more milking people for something they don't have to pay for. No forcing people to view ads.

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Get a capture card for your computer
then record and watch. You can also burn to DVD. No restrictions. No fees. Not as simple though.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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Subscribe now....
....only because I have too. As soon as a non-subscription unit comes my way, I'm dropping Time Warner's unit and the occasional restrictions they place on things I can record. And also the fact that I can't burn what I want to either disk or HDD. Of course it is the idea of stand-alone, non-subscription priced DVRs that cable and DSS fear. No more milking people for something they don't have to pay for. No forcing people to view ads.

NWLB
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<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.nwlb.net" target="_newWindow">http://www.nwlb.net</a>
Posted by NWLB (326 comments )
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Get a capture card for your computer
then record and watch. You can also burn to DVD. No restrictions. No fees. Not as simple though.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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No Wonder TV Stations are Freaking Out
Because more and more people are watching "recorded" shows and skip all the boring part of the TV programs, including ads of course :)
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Re: No Wonder TV Stations are Freaking Out
If they start offering free boxes, you can kiss this feature goodbye. they might even give you extra downloaded commercials.
Posted by athomas917 (4 comments )
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No Wonder TV Stations are Freaking Out
Because more and more people are watching "recorded" shows and skip all the boring part of the TV programs, including ads of course :)
Posted by 201293546946733175101343322673 (722 comments )
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Re: No Wonder TV Stations are Freaking Out
If they start offering free boxes, you can kiss this feature goodbye. they might even give you extra downloaded commercials.
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