Sony commissioned the HD Benchmark study to track â€œhow consumers are adopting these products and taking advantage of the benefits brought about by HD,â€ according to Carl Rose, Sony Australiaâ€™s Deputy Managing Director. According to the first HD Benchmark, 42% of total consumer electronics (CE) spending in the second quarter of 2006 was HD products including LCD TVs, plasma TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes (STBs), personal video recorders (PVRs), camcorders and DVD hardware. This was a significant increase from only 27% in the same quarter in 2005.
Hmmm. I didnâ€™t know DVD was considered HD. Did they mean Blu-Ray and HD-DVD? If thatâ€™s the case, a few thousand units sound about right. Game consolesâ€¦ thereâ€™s only one: Xbox 360. HD camcorders? Thereâ€™s a few models by Sony and Canon. I would need a bit more clarification regarding the definition of â€œHD productsâ€. With scaling technology so advanced, anything type of device could â€œacceptâ€ HD signals and then scaling it down to display it on â€œHD Readyâ€ screens. I wouldnâ€™t consider these bastardized CE devices as HD. Is an ED plasma TV considered part of â€œHD productsâ€? (The answer should be a definite â€œNoâ€.)