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Sports events a driving factor behind HDTV sales  (Source: Vizio)
High-definition console owners makeup 18 percent of HDTV purchases

Most gamers tend to be early adopters of technology. Those who own an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 know full well that a high-definition television is required in order to appreciate the visuals of the latest games to their fullest.

It should surprise few then to learn that of all consumers who purchased an HDTV in the past year, 18 percent of those were gamers buying the set just to connect either an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

As reported in findings from research firm Frank N. Magid Associates, 25 percent of U.S. households or 28 million now have at least one HDTV set, that up from a penetration of 20 percent in September 2007. 5.5 million homes introduced HDTV during the holiday and Super Bowl season. 3 million homes added  a second HDTV during the same period.

"Consumers who become accustomed to the sleek and contemporary appearance of their first HD set are now looking to bring that benefit into other rooms in their home," says Maryann Baldwin VP of Magid Media Futures.

While a growing number of homes may have televisions capable of displaying at least a 720p picture, some are still feeding their HDTVs standard definition signals. "However owning an HDTV set and actually viewing HD are still two very different pursuits for many," added Baldwin.

70 percent of HDTV owners have some form of access to high-definition content, while the remaining 30 percent cite costs and a limited number of channels available in high definition as reasons for not making the jump.

Three in ten households intends to purchase a new television, many of those HD capable, within the next year. Nearly a quarter of those who do not own an HDTV currently expressed that they feel it is important to be able to watch the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in high-definition.

Magid said that it conducted this online research among 1,235 consumers nationally representative of the U.S. online population, age 21 and over.

"Now that the early majority has joined the ranks of the HD adopters, the demographic makeup of the HD population is looking more like the overall U.S. TV viewing universe," says Jill Rosengard Hill, Magrid VP and managing director.

Product price and mass market adoption of HDTVs are inversely related. Thanks to value-oriented brands such as Vizio, which has overtaken traditional electronics giants such as Sony and Samsung in sales, consumers are finding the jump into high-definition more affordable than expected.

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RE: Kind of ironic...
By omnicronx on 4/26/2008 2:42:12 PM , Rating: 2
If you are implying LCD PC monitors are not effected, you would be wrong, they just have a much lower response time when compared to the average of 8ms on HDTVs.

I would also like to note that most expensive TV's these days have a 'gaming mode' which lets the signal bypass the preprocessing that makes the 'input lag' more apparent in the first place. Gaming mode along with a low response time results in a much better gaming experience than any CRT TV.

RE: Kind of ironic...
By Etsp on 4/26/2008 2:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, he is talking about a different type of latency. Some HDTV's have a decoding lag which puts the display behind what is actually happening. The individual pixels are quite fast enough, but the signal to update them doesn't get there as fast as a LCD monitor. This of course is limited to only some HDTV's, as there are many that do not have this type of issue. I am told it's at its worst when using HDMI, but I have not experienced this phenomena personally.

RE: Kind of ironic...
By Hydrofirex on 4/26/2008 4:00:06 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know what any of you are talking about. I play Guitar Hero 3 perfectly fine on my HTPC @1080P, and I got the game for 30 bucks (thank you Ebay) to boot. The game plays just fine: pre-processing, post-processing, re-processing, de-processing and all. There is zilch lag.


RE: Kind of ironic...
By therealnickdanger on 4/28/2008 8:10:02 AM , Rating: 2
If you have a large Best Buy near you, go to the TV area and check out the giant wall of flat panels. Stand back far enough where you can see them all. The BB near me has about 40 LCDs and PDPs on the back wall all playing the same video feed. You'll notice than many displays will lag behind the others or some will be further ahead in the feed than all the rest. It's subtle and nearly impossible to see up close, but stand back and you'll see it.

Every display uses a different form of processing that delays the speed by which content is displayed for you. It's *possible* that the delay at BB could be caused by the splitters and variable cable lengths... but that's not too likely.

This is all meaningless though, since Guitar Hero and Rock Band all have a manual calibration feature to properly synchronize button presses with the on-screen action.

RE: Kind of ironic...
By omnicronx on 4/26/2008 7:30:01 PM , Rating: 2
I know exactly what kind of latency he is talking about, and it is very common for TV's with a high response time to also have a high input lag. I have a 5ms response time LCD, and when I put it on game mode there is no noticeable lag at all. People who complain about this need to get a life, original LCD's suffered badly from this problem, lips would be out of sync with the audio, games would be unplayable, but thats just no longer the case with most TV's. If this was such a big problem then doing other things such as watching movies would result in lips being very out of sync, if you have the audio routed through an receiver especially with HDMI. You get what you pay for, if you put the money in an LCD can be just as good as a CRT for gaming.

RE: Kind of ironic...
By gramboh on 4/29/2008 12:23:34 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm maybe I'm lucky but I don't notice any input lag on my Dell 2407WFP (24in PC LCD) or my Samsung 4665F (46in LCD 1080p TV) when playing FPS like TF2 or CS:Source. I used to play CS 'competitively' so I think I would be able to detect problems in FPS input (e.g. I have to disable mouse acceleration, I can feel it immediately).

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