104.2 Channels, and A Lot On
For the first time, the amount of television channels in the average U.S. home has reached the 100 mark, according to figures released by The Nielsen Company.
Last year, the channel average jmped to 104.2, an increase of nearly eight from the previous year. As of 2006, 47 percent of U.S. homes received more than 100 channels, a jump of 5 percent from 2005.
As digital cable and satellite TV have become more widely available, the number of channels available to U.S. homes has skyrocketed. In 2000, for instance, the average home had 61.4 channels, and in 1995, the number was 41.1.