DVR Second Only to Cell Among Gizmos: Survey

Dishwashers, iPods trail TV recorder among consumers who own one
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2008 4:37 PM CDT
"Intriguingly, the vast majority of respondents would rather give up their landline phone, dishwasher, radio and MP3 player than their DVR," the group that sponsored the survey found.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Consumers prefer digital video recorders to nearly every other appliance and gadget they own, a survey finds. The group asked 1,012 DVR owners across four countries to rank their gadgets and appliances. The respondents overwhelmingly elected the DVR their second-most essential gadget (behind their cell phones), and third-most valuable appliance (behind washing machines and microwaves), Ars Technica reports.

Even more revealing was how strongly users believed that the DVR had improved their lives. In the US, 79% said their recorder had improved their relationships with their spouses and significant others. Though the survey was sponsored by a DVR service provider, there’s no doubt they’re growing in popularity; by 2011, one group predicts half of US households will have one.