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CEA prediction: 1 M cable-ready HDTVs in time for Xmas

Wed, 05/19/2004 - 8:00pm
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Copyright 2004 Warren Publishing, Inc.

TELEVISION A.M.

May 19, 2004, Wednesday

From Lexis Nexis

With the July 1 Plug & Play implementation date fast approaching, over 500,000 digital cable-ready HDTVs will be in the market by Sept. 30, doubling to more than a million by the holiday selling season, CEA said Tues.

Hundreds of thousands of CableCARDS will be needed before football season, and "we presume that cable operators have ordered sufficient quantity of the new cards to insure that HDTV buyers will be able to get the cards they need to become cable HDTV subscribers," said CEA Pres. Gary Shapiro. "Receiving HDTV over cable without a set-top box is a long-awaited driver of the DTV transition and will provide millions of households with a seamless transition to high-def," he said.

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