(National-NBC) Aug. 23, 2005 - Shipments of the next generation of televisions are on the rise.
Nearly four-million digital televisions were shipped during the first half of this year, a 45 percent increase over last year.
One reason for the jump is that DTV prices have dropped about $200 since January.
Everyone will eventually need a digital unit to watch television as broadcasters transition away from analog signals.
Congress set a December 2006 deadline for the switch to all-digital programming.