The personal video recorder (PVR) market is continuing to grow, fueled by high-definition models.

Global PVR shipments exceeded 25 million in 2008, with HD PVRs making up nearly 75 per cent of the total, according to In-Stat.

Mike Paxton, In-Stat analyst, said demand for HD units has increased dramatically recently.

"Over the past 18 months, HD PVR product unit shipments have not only surpassed SD PVR product unit shipments, they now account for nearly three-quarters of all PVR product shipments," he said.

Research by In-Stat also found:

  • Multi-room or "whole home" PVR service has become available in an increasing number of cities in the US over the last year
  • On a regional basis, growth of PVR products is much stronger in Asia Pacific and Europe, compared to the more mature North American market.
  • Over a quarter of US survey respondents were extremely or very interested in multi-room PVR capability

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