Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

HDTV Intenders to Impact High-Def DVD Battle

TDG Press Release
HDTV Intenders to Significantly Impact High-Def DVD Battle
TDG’s Latest Research Suggests HD DVD May
Benefit from Pull of Mainstream HDTV Buyers
Download this TDG Press Release as a PDF

December 10, 2007 (Dallas, TX)
According to research from The Diffusion Group, close to one-third of non-HDTV households are interested in purchasing a new HDTV in the next six months – a very encouraging sign for HDTV manufacturers and, by relation, high-def DVD manufacturers. More interesting, perhaps, is that the same research found that the characteristics of these “HDTV Intenders” vary widely from that of current HDTV owners. HDTV Intenders tend to be younger, single, more ethnically diverse, and have lower annual household incomes than current HDTV owners – in many respects more characteristic of mainstream consumers than the early adopters who today own an HDTV.

While this trend could in theory benefit either Blu-ray or HD DVD, the data suggests otherwise. Among HDTV Intenders who are likely to purchase a new high-def DVD player in the next six months, 43% prefer HD DVD, 27% prefer Blu-ray, and 30% are undecided.

“The strength of this preference and its correlation to mainstream attributes are notable,” states Michael Greeson, president and principal analyst with The Diffusion Group. “Today’s high-def DVD owner is likely an early adopter with a knack for power gaming; most certainly tech-sophisticates not at all mainstream in temperament. The next wave of buyers is comprised of early mass-market consumers, a much larger segment with a focus on practical considerations such as price. It is TDG’s opinion that the format which can best address the needs of mainstream consumers will emerge as the winner of this format war.”

CHART
High-Def DVD Status & Tech Adopter Status
Non-Owning High-Def DVD Intenders (n = 293)
High-Def DVD Owners(n = 517)

I love technology and I am typically the first to own the newest devices.
10.1%
51.3%

I like being aware of new technology, but I typically wait until the price starts coming down and I know the product works well.
67.3%
37.8%

By the time I purchase a new technology, many people are already owners and the price has dropped enough for me to be interested.
21.3%
22.2%

I never buy “new” technologies, because by the time I buy (or someone else buys it for me), everyone else already has one and it is no longer considered “new.”
1.4%
9.9%

TDG’s research confirms this conclusion. When asked to characterize their own “status” as technology consumers, High-Def DVD Owners are five times more likely than Non-Owning High-Def DVD Intenders to see themselves as early adopters. Conversely, Non-Owning High-Def DVD Intenders are almost twice as likely as High-Def DVD Owners to view themselves as early mass-market buyers.

As is the case with the diffusion of most new technologies, TDG believes there will be several “waves” of high-def DVD buyers, each of which will be motivated by different factors. The most immediate wave, which is expected to be exhausted by early 2008, is comprised of the remaining early adopters who have yet to buy a high-def DVD player and which (not surprisingly) show a preference for Blu-ray. The second (and more sizable) wave will consist of early mass-market consumers who, while less enthusiastic about technology per se and very price sensitive, are more likely to favor HD DVD (a conclusion grounded in TDG’s latest primary research).

TDG recently fielded two separate primary research studies focused on consumer interest in next-generation media platforms: the first, an October 2007 survey of 1,500 U.S. adult Internet users; the second, a November 2007 survey of 2,000 U.S. adult broadband users. This larger study is now being offered for purchase by contacting Andy Tarczon at 469-287-8060.

About The Diffusion Group (TDG):
TDG is an analytics and advisory firm helping companies in the connected home and broadband media markets. Using a unique think-tank approach that blends executive-level consultants and in-depth market research, TDG generates reasoned and pragmatic insights that help clients make intelligent market decisions. TDG produces more than just research - we create Intelligence in Action®.

Copyright © 2007 The Diffusion Group

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Foodstuffs: New World & Four Square Trial NZ’s First Grocery Delivery Offer With Uber Eats

New World & Four Square have partnered with Uber Eats to unlock the first grocery offering available on the platform in Aotearoa. For New World and Four Square it’s yet another way to put New Zealanders first, particularly with those inevitable last-minute grocery needs... More>>

Digitl: Download 2.0 – Vodafone Wi-Fi Calling hits early milestone
Vodafone says it has 10,000 customers using its Wi-Fi Calling service. It took less than three months to reach that milestone; the service began operating in September... More>>

Energy Resources Aotearoa: New Law On Decommissioning Could Be Costly Overkill
A new law on decommissioning oil and gas fields passed by Parliament today has good intentions but is overkill, according to Energy Resources Aotearoa. "We strongly support operators taking responsibility and paying the costs for decommissioning, which is what all good operators do," says chief executive John Carnegie... More>>



ABC Business Sales: Demand High For Covid-proof Businesses
Despite the continuing challenges facing businesses in this Covid environment, right now there are more buyers looking for a small-medium sized business than there are sellers in the market... More>>


PriceSpy: Producer Prices Increase
New Black Friday and Covid-19 Report* released by PriceSpy says people’s fear of stepping inside physical shops during big sales events like Black Friday has risen since last year; Kiwis are still planning to shop, but more than ever will do it online this year... More>>

NZ Skeptics Society: Announce Their 2021 Awards, And Dr Simon Thornley Wins The Bent Spoon

Every year the New Zealand Skeptics presents its awards to people and organisations who have impressed us or dismayed us, and this year it’s been hard to pick our winners because there have been so many choices!.. More>>



REINZ: Sales Volumes Leveling Out

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) shows there were 44 fewer lifestyle property sales (-2.6%) for the three months ended October 2021 than for the three months ended September 2021... More>>