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Household Ownership of Consumer Electronics Soars
May 19, 2005
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U.S. households now own an average of 25 consumer electronics products, according to the 2005 “CE Ownership and Market Potential” study released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Moreover, each U.S. household typically spends more than U.S. $1,250 annually on consumer electronics (CE) products. The study also reveals that households are equally enthusiastic about their content, owning on average approximately 100 music CDs, more than 40 DVD movies, and 16 video games.

“The consumer electronics industry grew 11 percent in 2004 and is expected to grow another 11 percent this year,” said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. “U.S. households spend heavily on consumer electronics because they recognize the tremendous value these products deliver. Few industries provide products where prices consistently fall while features and performance consistently rise.”

The on-going transition from analog products to digital products continues to power growth in the CE industry. The study shows that the average U.S. home now has 3.1 television sets, up from an average of 2.4 sets last year. This implies that the digital transition is continuing to influence purchasing decisions, as digital high-definition televisions (HDTVs) are present in roughly 13 percent of households, flat-panel televisions in about 10 percent of homes, digital video recorders (DVRs) in almost 10 percent, and DVD player penetration rates are on the verge of eclipsing VCRs.

“The video arena illustrates how rapidly consumers are adopting digital technologies. From image capture devices to displays, penetration rates in many digital video technology segments show steady increases over prior year figures,” said Steve Koenig, CEA senior manager of Industry Analysis.

In many categories, the transition is more than just a move to digital, but rather a move away from products that use physical media (i.e., CDs) and a move towards hard drive-based products (i.e., portable MP3 players). The portable MP3 player category shattered all expectations last year by more than doubling unit shipment volumes and nearly tripling revenues to $1.2 billion. These devices now can be found in approximately 15 percent of homes.

The quantitative survey provides household product ownership rates and intent to buy for more than 40 consumer electronics products. The “CE Ownership and Market Potential” study was administered via telephone interview to a random national sample of 869 U.S. head of household adults between February 17 and 20, 2005. The margin of sampling error for aggregate results is +/-3.4 percent.

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