In-Stat: DVR shipments triple in 2003
Although digital video recorders (DVRs) have been the subject of strong reviews and a cult-like following among pockets of converts, the technology has had difficulty reaching a mass market. But according to a new report from In-Stat/MDR, that may be about to change as DVR shows signs that it's starting to make some real headway.
For starters, DVR shipments tripled in 2003, rising from 1.5 million in 2002 to 4.6 million 2003. In-Stat, a sister company to CED magazine, projects that unit shipments will spike to 11 million this year.
The research firm said one primary driver for the surge is the fusion of DVR and DVD functions, a combination that account for almost 80 percent of total DVR unit shipments.
"The second reason for [DVR] growth has been the rising demand from satellite and cable TV operators for PVR-enabled set-top boxes," said In-Stat/MDR Senior Analyst Mike Paxton, in a release.