By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
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.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
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.
Free is always better, but free and legal is the best.
At least that is what music lovers appear to be thinking. According to The NPD Group, illegal music downloads conducted via Peer-to-Peer (P2P) websites dropped off dramatically in 2012 as people opted for online music streaming services as their preferred choice for free music.
Data from NPD’s Annual Music Study 2012 showed a 17 percent decline in P2P usage. The actual number of Internet users utilizing P2P sites fell 11 percent to 21 million, down from its peak of 33 million in 2005.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Share of the $1.3 billion video-on-demand revenue generated by multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) in 2012 continued to be dominated by cable-TV operators, with 56 percent of the overall market, according to report issued Monday by The NPD Group.
NPD’s 2012 VideoWatch VOD Report showed satellite-TV operators ranked second with 27 percent share and telecom operators, with 18 percent, through the year.
Port Washington, N.Y. — The NPD Group has announced changes to its senior management.
“Rapid change in our industry, combined with our new retailer partnerships, more robust infrastructure, and next-generation delivery tools, make this a time of great opportunity for NPD and our clients,” said NPD CEO Tod Johnson. “Our new organization leverages NPD’s core strength of industry expertise while also positioning us to grow our business through accelerated product innovation and strategic global expansion.”
Port Washington, N.Y. — U.S. CE sales slipped 2 percent last year to $143 billion, The NPD Group reported, although the fourth quarter showed a slight year-over-year uptick.
The decline was the second consecutive dip for the CE market, and steepened from the less than 1 percent slip in 2011, the market research firm said. Tech sales have fallen by $4 billion since 2010.
Leading the decline last year was computers, with desktop sales dropping 11 percent and notebook revenue falling 9 percent. TV followed with a 7 percent decline in dollar volume.
Port Washington, N.Y. – It is becoming more obvious that consumers are moving their online activity away from their PC and onto mobile devices.
The NPD Group issued a report today stating that 37 percent of those who used to access online content via their PC — whether desktop or laptop — are now using their tablet or smartphone.
Port Washington, N.Y. – Twelve percent of U.S. TV watchers reported streaming TV shows for free during the prior three months, compared to 14 percent who watched a TV show via subscription video on demand (SVOD), according to a new streaming media study from The NPD Group.
The market research firm said in its new “Free Streaming TV Report” that traditional pay TV operators and broadcast networks still dominate the consumer television viewing, but new options are growing in popularity, including SVOD, electronic sell-through (EST), and free TV streaming.
Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp Electronics revealed Monday that it was found to be the top market share leader for 60-inch and larger LED LCD TVs in the United States in 2012, according to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service.
The feat was achieved by Sharp’s larger selection of large-screen choices, picture quality performance and brand strength, Sharp said. The TV manufacturer added that it more than doubled its market share between 2010 and 2012 (based on revenue share).
Trends in TFT LCD panel prices are very different for the three main applications.
TV panel prices have been increasing for three quarters, and are becoming the main source of profit for panel makers. Monitor panel prices are stagnant, as panel production has been falling due to weak demand. And notebook PC panel prices have been falling continuously since Q2 and indications are that prices will remain soft through the first half of 2013.