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TV viewers clamour for HD

High-definition continues to prove a hit with TV viewers around the world, with 49mn ‘active’ HD homes expected to be added this year, bringing the total to 228mn, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media (publisher of IP&TV News).

In particular, the popularity of HD movies and sport means that within the next five years, TV platforms in several countries will be approaching the point where most – if not all – users are actively watching HD content.

The number of active HD households globally is expected to reach 603mn by 2017, equivalent to a little under half of the world’s TV households, with Asia Pacific being the largest market, followed by North America and Western Europe.

However, the report suggests that so-called ‘Ultra High-Definition’ (offering four times the resolution of 1080p HD) will have a negligible impact over the forecast period, and will be found in just 0.5% of all global TV households by the end of 2017.

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