According to Kagan Research, more than 21 mln HDTV sets had been sold to consumers at year-end 2005, and at year-end 2006 penetration of HD sets into TV households is expected to reach nearly 30%. MSOs will continue to be put under pressure to add more HD networks. The two major DBS operators, DIRECTV & EchoStar, have added subscribers at an impressive pace and Kagan estimates that at year-end 2006 DBS subscribers will total $29.4 mln, a full 30.3% of the multichannel universe, and forecasts growth of 2.6%/year, reaching 34.2 mil. in 2011.
High-definition TV subscribers in the USA
|Source: Kagan Research|