updated 04:30 pm EST, Thu December 21, 2006
DVD players outnumber VCRs
Although the DVD player has become firmly entrenched in American life, only recently has it surpassed the VCR in terms of ownership, says Nielsen Media Research. According to a poll conducted by the group, 81.2 percent of households have a DVD player, while only 79.2 percent have a VCR. This contrasts with the beginning of Nielsen's DVD records, started back in 1999, when 88.6 percent had a VCR and a mere 6.7 percent had a DVD player. The new study also produced results for other electronic devices. As much as 73.4 percent of the US has a computer -- though of those, homes with an income of $60,000 or higher were 50 percent more likely to own one. Similarly disappointing may be statistics on Internet use, which show that while 95.4 percent (of those with Internet access) go online at least once a week, only 37.3 percent go online more than once a day, proving that online news and entertainment are not yet a major draw.