Had a very interesting conversation today with a friend who works for Philips LG. We got talking about connectivity i.e. HDMI, DVI or the lack of it on some manufacturers flat panels. He says that whilst Philips offer this connectivity, there is a great deal of scepticism from a lot of manufacturers that Hi Def programming will take off, at least in the short term in the UK. They are of the opinion that customers of Sky are getting to a price point where they are no longer prepared to pay more money for extra services such as Hi Def. They accept that the film buffs amongst Skys subscription base will want the service, but think this only equates to a tiny proportion of Sky customers. To back up this argument they point to the fact that sales of Sky+ only represent a small percentage of Sky customers and yet that is seen as a more desirable must have product. When I asked him what they, meaning the manufacturers mean when they say in the short term he said they estimate we are a decade away from mass market take up of Hi Def programming, which they say does not necessarily mean Sky Digital, this is why they are not falling over themselves to include HDMI DVI ports. Now before anyone jumps down my neck saying this is rubbish, I am just reporting a conversation, so please dont shoot the messenger.