Study: DVRs now in half of US pay-TV homes

November 30, 2012 by Peter Svensson

A new survey finds that digital video recorders are now in more than half of all U.S. homes that subscribe to cable or satellite TV services.

Leichtman Research Group's survey of 1,300 households found that 52 percent of the ones that have pay-TV service also have a DVR. That translates to about 45 percent of all households and is up from 13.5 percent of all households surveyed five years ago by another firm, Nielsen.

The first DVRs came out in 1999, from . and ReplayTV. Later, they were built into cable set-top boxes. The latest trend is "whole-home" DVRs that can distribute recorded shows to several sets.

Even with the spread of DVRs, rules. Nielsen found last year that DVRs accounted for 8 percent of TV watching.

Explore further: Briefs: 140M homes expected to have DVRs by 2010


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