Digital Displays Build Momentum
This year produced a great deal of excitement and intrigue. As prices continue to fall, the major TV vendors seem to be digging in and throwing their support behind particular TV technologies, and complementary technologies like DVR, high-definition discs and home networking continued to gain momentum.
While product information from the show is readily available elsewhere, we thought we'd share some insights, analysis and trends gleaned from the show. We'll focus on display technologies.
* LCD panels are getting ever-larger and ever-cheaper. The market for LCD flat panels in the 20- to 37-inch area is likely to explode this year as prices continue to plummet. Westinghouse Digital, which has become a buzzworthy vendor on the heels of its low priced-offerings, announced three new 1080p resolution LCD displays in 37-, 42- and 47-inch models; the 37-inch model will start shipping at $2,499 next month. Westinghouse Digital President Douglas Woo said the LCD market underwent a "price compression" of 50 percent in 2004, and he expects a similar reduction this year. Apex Digital said it would ship a 37-inch 1080p LCD panel in August for around $1,800. While the Sharps and Sonys of the world will continue to price their LCD panels at significant premiums, the value brands appear poised to apply significant price pressure on the overall market.