Analyst says HDTV penetration not as good as expected


“Although the penetration of HD has been impressive, I believed, and was correct, that this penetration would not attain a level that could support the level of installed base of second-generation consoles which are non-HD. The Wii can be enjoyed on regular-resolution televisions without paying a premium,” said one analyst in speaking with News Factor on HDTV.

So is Wii proof that the world banked too early on HDTV? Early signs seem to suggest that, though HD will be inevitable (and appreciated). I loves me some HDTV, but I love gaming more. If I can get some sweet games at a much lower cost for the time being, I’m down.


  1. HDTV is just getting started. HD gaming doesn’t need to start until HDTV really gets going.

    That said, Super Paper Mario on my HDTV looks gorgeous.

  2. Yes, SPM is gorge on my 42″ plasma. I bought the HDTV after my Wii purchase to maximize my gaming experience.

    PS: I’m getting a 360 once they ship it with a built in HD-DVD drive.

  3. Hey, even Super Mario 64 through the VC looks gorgeous on my HDTV!

    But let’s not forget: GameCube already supported widescreen format on many games AND 480p (the so-called “Enhanced” resolution) for HD TVs! The support for widescreen format has been expanded in Wii games, but the possibility was always there since the GC.

    What is NOT being supported on Wii are higher resolutions, like 720p and above, because they require a more powerful graphics chip. But I don’t think I missed HD resolution while playing Super Mario Sunshine!

  4. I agree, HDTV hasn’t really got started, once it’s out there, it’ll be more appreciative. I bought a lot of GC games for my Wii,(they’re cheap now), i’ve notice a lot of the games are HD support. I’ve just noticed because I just got a LCD HD fltscreen and the games are impressive…I didn’t know the GC had that kind of support.

  5. For me, HD gaming will start a year after I can get a 50″ cheap enough to replace my giant projection screen. Until then 1 foot SSX characters are enough for me.

  6. I’d LOVE to connect my Xbox 360 and my Wii to an HDTV, but I must wait until the price point reaches the stage where I don’t have to make a deal with the mafia to be able to afford one.

  7. once HD is well penetrated nintendo will be there with HD

    i think they were perfectly right to wait.

    not only was it too soon to be charging us extremely high prices for HD content when such a small group of people have HD, HD hardware components also still cost alot of money.

    in 5 years when nintendo launches there new system HD will be all over, i would say 40-50%, and hardware to make an HD ready gaming machine will be down to the level that nintendo can make a machine that does 720p games easy, and thats the resolution i hope they go for also, as many TVs sold today still go native 720p, so that will be a large set of HD TVs, also the less downscale done the better for the picture, and cheaper hardware. i dont have only gaming to spend money on, but i still like to game, and i have no more fun playing HD then i do playing SD, so why pay more.

  8. Again, I think people have the wrong impression about what constitutes “HD” and/or “Enhanced” and widescreen TV… It’s not as expensive as you think! If you want to enjoy 720p resolution, get an Xbox. That’s the original Xbox, mind you! That one was capable of outputting 720p in some games that had it, such as Soul Caliber and, more recently, Scarface. And about half of the Xbox games had widescreen capability, and most were 480p. The GameCube had 480p widescreen capability in about the first half of the consoles released, which it used in many games (for some reason they pulled that in the GC’s second half of its life).

    I guess what I’m saying is that you don’t have to go all-out with a PS3 with 1080p, $60 games to enjoy great HD- or Enhanced-quality video and surround sound. There are many economical options between the Nintendo64 generation and the PS3 that most people haven’t explored!

  9. HD broadcast is supposed to begin happening here in the US in 2009, according to the FCC site. The FCC will be handing out $40.00 coupons during 2008 to assist those who don’t own an HD TV in purchasing a converter box. At some point when the HD broadcast becomes the norm and there are no more analog TVs on the market, HD TV will take hold. It will begin in 2009 and will be only a matter of time.

  10. Dude, you do realise that DIGITAL tv and HDTV are not the same thing?

    Afaik, the US Govt has mandated to switch off the analog signal by 2009 and to air broadcasts via digital transmitters – which has nothing to do with HD broadcasts.

  11. Yes, HD and Digital are distinctly different, but I would offer that it is difficult now to find a digital capable tv that does not offer at least 720p resolution. In 2009 when you buy that replacement tv to get digital signals, then you will probably be buying a digital low-end hdtv.

    And how many people will this really affect in 2009? By then who will not have cable/satellite? And don’t tell me the poor, as I live in rural TN and have seen my share of trailers with 2 direct TV dishes on them!

    Chris in TN

  12. Actually no. The $40 coupon will be for a converter that takes the digital broadcast (not necessarily HD) and changes it to analog so you don’t have to buy a new TV. If you got to best buy or circuit city and look at TV’s under $500 (which is most peoples price range), you’ll find many more digital SDTVs and EDTVs than you did a year ago. Electronics manufacturers finally realized that they can’t force people to pay $1000 for a new TV when most people have bought one already in the last 5 years. So they have been offering digital SDTVs to try to get people on the digital in time for 2009. Also the 2009 change over doesnt effect cable or satellite providers. They will still be able to broadcast the same as they always have.

  13. I’m waiting for HD TVs that will last and that are affordable.

  14. yes, digital and hd are different but with an digi broadcast it is extremely easy to go to hd so broadcasters will most likely stop broadcating sd

  15. Sorry, I have to pop in here. It’s not really that easy. The only thing that needs to change for a station to go digital is he transmission equipment. All the same cameras and recording equipment can be conserved. Whereas if you transition to HD, a studio will need all new cameras, new recording equipment, large amount of storage space and a largely improved computer network. I’m betting most local stations will be broadcasting digital SD or ED for some time before they move completely to HD. Likewise, many of the lower budget network programming will be slow to transition to full HD equipment, possibly doing simple upscaling until they have all the gear in place.

  16. Wow, Most students who spend a year or more on a research project have an issue with “does the research stand the test of time??” Mine does, and it is good to reflect on some of the evolution of HD.

    I did not even explore the handheld usage or “low definition” (youtube era) where people edit on their home PCs now, to meet low bandwidth media better known as “phone media.”

  17. My Research Paper in 1999 Reguarding this subject. Interesting Read, At least hit the Introduction & Thesis.

    Another thought !!!

    Becasue of the Date change of “go live” from 2006 to 2009, my carrier now charges an extra 9.99 Per month for me to get the High Def siginal to my home.

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