Sky has confirmed that it had installed 38,000 Sky HDTV systems by June 30. Currently the total number of bookings for its HD box stands at 90,000. The satcaster says it will take till September to fulfill all its orders.
According to information released by sales analysts GFK, 2.73 million HD ready screens will be sold by the end of 2006, up significantly on the previous estimate of 1.4 million.
Forty six percent of all TV sales over 26-inches in February were HD Ready (compared to 3.4 percent in February 2005). A big driver of the service appears to be sport. Since launching Sky Sports HD in May, the channel has covered nearly 50 days of live cricket including three England Test matches, five England One-Day Internationals and 24 domestic matches.
In addition, Sky Sports HD will be showing coverage of the 2006 Ryder Cup, Guinness Premiership Rugby, and Coca Cola League, Carling Cup, UEFA Champions League and Barclays Premiership football.