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Digital video recorders available in nearly three in ten homes across the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the US and Japan

Digital video recorders (that enable TV programmes to be recorded, paused and rewound) are becoming more widely available. Among homes in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US in 2010, DVRs were connected to the main set in one nearly in three (28%) households.

By country, more than a third (36%) of viewers in UK homes had access to a DVR, along with 41% of those in the US; in both, pay-TV providers have promoted their adoption among existing subscribers.  Take-up in Australia was just over a quarter, at 28%, while in France, Germany and Italy take-up was lower, with DVRs connected to the main television set in around a fifth of homes (21%, 22% and 22% respectively).

Year on year, growth in DVR adoption was highest in the UK, where take-up rose by 4pp between  2010 and 2011. In the US, France and Germany, it rose by 2 pp.

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