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Q&A: HDTV now in nearly half of U.S. homes

HDTV in nearly half of homes

Is there any reliable data as to what percentage of our population (locally and nationally) is actually watching HDTV? My wife and I rejected HDTV last year as a $25 add-on with our Verizon FIOS package. We just realized that no one we know has it in their home either, even though everyone has a new digital set. At $300 per year, we'll probably never see HDTV, but newscasters speak as if everyone has it now.

The number of households with high-definition television capability is growing rapidly. A January 2010 report by In-Stat, a research arm of Reed Elsevier, a global publisher and information provider, indicated that the number of HDTV households grew by 33 percent in the United States in 2009. That brings the total of HDTV households to about 45 percent of all U.S. households.

But about 20 percent of the 52 million U.S. households with HDTV don't watch HD progamming, said Mike Paxton, a senior analyst at In-Stat. He cited cost as the major reason why viewers don't use their HD capability. Many viewers just aren't interested in paying extra for the greater clarity and detail.

Paxton also said there is little or no difference in that non-use percentage by region. "It's pretty much across the board for all people," he said in an interview with the online site My Consumer Electronics. "We get the same answers why they're not viewing HD programming on their HDTV sets."

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I've heard of the Atkins Diet, but I don't know how it works. Can you help?

Founded by Dr. Robert Atkins in 1972, the Atkins Diet is a controlled-carbohydrate lifestyle that takes dieters through four phases, as summarized by the Food Network Kitchens:

Phase 1: Induction

Restrict carbohydrate consumption to 20 grams each day, obtaining carbohydrates primarily from salad and other nonstarchy vegetables.

Phase 2: Ongoing weight loss

Add carbohydrates, in the form of nutrient-dense and fiber-rich foods, by increasing to 25 grams daily the first week, 30 grams daily the next week and so on until weight loss stops. Then subtract 5 grams of carbohydrate from daily intake so that sustained, moderate weight loss continues.

Phase 3: Premaintenance

Make the transition from weight loss to weight maintenance by increasing the daily carbohydrate intake in 10-gram increments each week while still maintaining very gradual weight loss.

Phase 4: Lifetime maintenance

Select from a wide variety of foods while controlling carbohydrate intake to ensure weight maintenance and a sense of well-being.

Remember, this diet isn't for everyone. You should consult a doctor before starting. For more information about the diet, see www.atkins.com/Homepage.aspx.

Q&A: HDTV now in nearly half of U.S. homes 03/28/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 26, 2010 1:04pm]

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