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El Segundo, Calif. — In a sign that the global flat-panel TV market likely will not see growth in 2013, a new study from IHS said shipments of flat-panel televisions fell for the second month in row in July on a worldwide basis compared with the same period year ago.
The combined global shipments in July of LCD and plasma TVs amounted to 14.88 million units, down 6.3 percent from July 2012, according to the “Monthly Worldwide FPD TV Shipment Data Report” from the TV Systems Intelligence Service at IHS.
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El Segundo, Calif. — U.S. television shipments are forecast to decline for a second year in a row in 2013, but growth will resume next year, according to IHS iSuppli.
Shipments into the U.S. market will reach a projected 36.6 million units, compared with 37.6 million last year, according to the research firm's “U.S. Television Market Tracker Report.”
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.
Newport Beach, Calif. — U.S. shipments of LED LCD TVs increased 29 percent quarter to quarter in the fourth quarter of 2012, while rising 2 percent to 32 million units for full-year 2012, according to the “LCD Market Review” issued by Quixel Research Wednesday.
The study also found that big-screen TV unit shipments and factory revenue increased dramatically in the fourth quarter from the same period in 2011, as 50-inch and larger sets saw double-digit unit share advances, growing from 11 percent to 24 percent from Q4 2011 to Q4 2012.
City of Industry, Calif – Sceptre introduced Wednesday its first LED LCD TV featuring Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology, capable of connecting with smartphones, tablets and aftermarket streaming devices like Roku’s SmartStick.
Sceptre’s FullHD 1080p ultra-slim 32-inch back-lit LED LCD will be part of a series of HDTVs designed to easily connect with smart devices and carrying universal remote controls that can operate connected devices.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. – Outdoor LCD TV manufacturer SunBrite TV is promoting the all-weather aspect of its product lines by offering up to a $600 rebate on Signature Series models through December 31.
SunBriteTV points out that just because it’s winter, the outdoor TV watching doesn’t have to stop.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Despite a 7 percent dip in global TV shipments from a year ago, North American retail sales have been steady, with unit shipments rising almost 3 percent in the third quarter of 2012, after posting small declines for the first half or the year, an NPD DisplaySearch third-quarter global TV sales report revealed.
The market trend in the U.S. has shifted toward bigger and cheaper TVs in recent months and is expected to continue through Black Friday this year.
New York – Low pricing will help keep consumer electronic market revenue for manufacturers just barely above water for 2012, according to IHS iSuppli.
Jordan Selburn, senior principal analyst for consumer platforms, is forecasting a 1.4 percent increase in sales this year by OEMs as these companies zero-in on attracting customers with low-ball pricing.