North America saw a three percent drop in TV unit shipments in the second quarter over the previous quarter, according to research released Tuesday by DisplaySearch.
DisplaySearch's Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report did find, however, that global shipments rose 26 percent worldwide, year over year, during the quarter.
Samsung retained the worldwide lead in market share, with 24.4 percent, thanks to 20 percent growth; it was followed by LG, Sony and Panasonic. And LCD remains the dominant technology among new TVs, with 74.8 percent worldwide, following by CRT (17.6 percent) and plasma (8 percent.) In addition, LED panels have surged as a percent of LCD TVs, to 18 percent from just 8 percent in the first quarter.
"As consumers still seem reluctant to spend, this hard shift in mix could be contributing to slower growth in markets like North America," Paul Gagnon, director of North America TV market research for DisplaySearch, said as part of the announcement.