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HDTV Consumers are Still Confused

About one-fourth of people who buy high-definition TV sets believe incorrectly the sets will display HD resolution without the need to provide a special HD program source from cable, satellite or new digital rooftop antennas, says a 2005 survey of 500 HDTV set owners. The computer-aided phone survey for Scientific-Atlanta by researcher StrategyOne. Among findings:

* Close to one in four (28 percent) of HDTV owners reported they did not get any special equipment from their service provider to watch HDTV channels because the picture quality was already improved with the purchase of an HDTV.

* 23 percent of HDTV owners did not invest in special equipment to watch HDTV channels because a message at the beginning of programs they watch tells them that those programs are being broadcast in HD.

* Nearly one in five (18 percent) reported they believed the HD television would give them high-definition channels without additional equipment.

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