Consumers have not shied away from upgrading their television sets to the latest technology, despite the proposed digital surcharge on licence fees.
Electronics retailer Comet today reported a 300 per cent increase in sales of widescreen TVs during 1999 compared with the previous year. Widescreen TVs now account for more than half of all UK sales of TVs with 24in plus screens.
Comet puts the growing demand for the technology down to an increase in digital programmes and the provision of free set-top boxes by Sky and ONdigital, together with a fall in price which has made the technology more affordable. A Goodmans widescreen TV, for example, now costs just over £300.
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