CEA: DTV Sales Skyrocket in `02


The Consumer Electronics Association announced Monday that sales of
digital-TV products rose 73 percent in units and 61 percent in dollars in 2002
versus 2001 levels.

Factory-to-dealer sales of digital-TV products totaled 2,487,502 units and
$4,210,151,531, the CEA said.

The trade group 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 transmissions.

"Celebrating these numbers, the recent plug-and-play agreement with cable and
the momentum in the analog-to-DTV transition makes for the best possible
entrance into the new year," CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a