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Port Washington, N.Y. — ESPN’s recent decision to drop its 3D HD sports channel followed a cooling in interest among manufacturers and consumers, alike, according to a recent blog by Ben Arnold, The NPD Group industry analysis director.
According to 3D TV unit sell-through numbers, NPD’s Retail Tracking Service said sales, which had been robust through 2012 at 32 percent growth compared with the year prior, have slowed through the first quarter of the year.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Touch-sensor glass production is forecast to grow dramatically as new touch technologies begin to take hold, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
The research firm expects total sensor glass yield to hit 35.9 million square meters by 2015, up from 25.5 million square meters in 2013 and 12 million square meters last year.
Port Washington, N.Y. – A total of 32 percent of all smartphones purchased at retail in the first quarter were prepaid phones, up from 21 percent in the year-ago quarter and 22 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, The NPD Group found.
And national retailers were the trend’s biggest winners.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Led by tablets, touch-enabled device shipments will more than double over the next four years, according to PD DisplaySearch.
The research firm’s latest report has 762.7 million mobile PC devices shipping worldwide by 2017, up from the 367.6 million that shipped in 2012.
The spike will be fueled by an increase in demand for tablets, primarily inexpensive, white-box models in China, said Richard Shim, senior analyst with NPD DisplaySearch.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Retail-level aftermarket sales of car multimedia and car video products surged in the first quarter, The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service found.
However, the increase was not enough to keep the car electronics aftermarket from getting off to a rough start for the year.
Excluding portable navigation devices (PNDs), total sales of aftermarket car audio and video fell 9 percent from the year-ago quarter to $372.1 million, NPD found.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Internet radio listening is gaining among people ages 13 to 35, and AM/FM listening is declining, The NPD Group found in a consumer survey.
But the two music-delivery technologies are still neck-and-neck in the amount of time that the age group spends listening to music.
NPD also reported a decline in the amount of time that consumers listen to CDs and digital music files.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Karl Werner has been named U.S. technology president for The NPD Group, the global information company.
Werner leads the consumer electronics, technology, games and mobile practice areas. He was previously president of NPD’s consumer technology business, and before that president for commercial technology, IT and printing.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Getting faster cellular-data speeds is the top reason cited by consumers who are buying a smartphone and considering a change of cellular carriers, an NPD Group survey found.
Network speed exceeded network reliability and better coverage for the first time as the top reasons for considering a carrier switch, the latest survey found.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Predicted lower demand for LCD TVs in 2013 has most LCD panel manufacturers scaling down their business strategies for the year, according to the newly released NPD DisplaySearch “Quarterly LCD TV Value Chain Report.”
The market research report said panel makers are trying to avoid an oversupply of LCD TV panels, particularly in smaller screen sizes.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Smartphone and tablet sales will drive cover-glass shipments to more than 2.5 billion in four years, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
Smartphones will be the primary driver of the shipment increases this year, said Calvin Hsieh, DisplaySearch research director, accounting for about 84 percent of the shipments. At the same time, tablets will use about 14 percent of the glass shipped, with touch-based laptops part of the remainder.