Manufacturer-to-dealer sales of digital-television products reached new
heights during the first quarter of 2003, according to figures released Thursday
by the Consumer Electronics Association.
Unit sales totaled 766,733 and dollar revenues amounted to more than $1.2
billion for the period, the CEA said.
First-quarter-2003 sales topped the year-earlier period's total by 86 percent
in units and 64 percent in dollars.
The CEA defines digital-TV products as integrated sets and monitors
displaying active vertical scanning lines of at least 480p (progressive) and, in
the case of integrated sets, receiving and decoding ATSC (Advanced Television
Systems Committee) terrestrial digital broadcasts.
"These first-quarter sales numbers demonstrate what we predicted at the 2003
International Consumer Electronics Show in January -- that 2003 will be the year
of HDTV [high-definition television]," CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said
in a release.
"Not only are manufacturers continuing to roll out innovative DTV sets and
displays at consumer-friendly price points, but, because of the increased
availability and amount of compelling DTV programming available over-the-air, we
are seeing growth in sales of ATSC receivers, as well," he