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Submission + - Why Americans don't buy DVD players that record. (news.com) 1

Ant writes: "CNET News.com reports that recording DVD players have been popular in Europe and Asia, but have fallen flat in the United States (U.S.). Most companies don't even bother to put much effort into marketing them in this country... ... Cable television (TV) penetration is far higher in the States than Asia or Europe. With cable, the same show can appear on a channel several times. In Europe and Japan, viewers need to grab it when you can. "The non-recording DVD player is quite popular in this country (the U.S.), but they are not popular in Japan at all... Here, you use them for the rentals. In Japan, they use it for recording." TiVo also took off more rapidly in the States and elsewhere. TiVo, he added, is also one of the reasons selling TVs with embedded hard drives in the States remains a challenge. Selling these on the other two continents is far easier. Consumers interested in digital video recorders (a) already own one or (b) have more options on how to put one in their living room. Of course, the recording debate doesn't apply to video cameras. Americans are shifting from tape to disc and hard drive camcorders..."

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