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Global Growth Seen For Mobile PCs
May 6, 2013

The growth of tablet PCs will drive a huge increase in mobile PC shipments in the next five years. That's according to a study released this week by NPD Group.

LCD TV Shipments Down Slightly; Plasmas Fall Off Cliff in 2012
March 22, 2013

For the first time ever, LCD television shipments were down in 2012.

During 2012, 203 million LCD TVs shipped worldwide, according to NPD DisplaySearch, representing a 1 percent decline compared to the prior year. The fourth quarter was the only period that saw shipments rise year over year, but it could only muster a 0.6 percent gain.

The LCD market's troubles came in developed markets, where demand fell by 18 percent compared to 2011, according to NPD. Demand was down, the researcher said, because of a continuing weakness in the global economy

LCD Shipments Fall Globally
March 21, 2013

Worldwide shipments of LCD TVs dropped year over year for the first time in history, according to a report issued Thursday by NPD DisplaySearch.

4K LCD TV Panel Shipments to Increase 40-Fold in 2013
March 14, 2013

A new report by TV industry tracker NPD DisplaySearch says Ultra HD resolution LCD TV panels, the principal component in new UHD/4K TVs, will increase significantly in 2013.

The firm says the number will top out at 2.6 million by the end of the year, up from a paltry 63 thousand in 2012.

A summary of findings in its "Quarterly Large-Area TFT Panel Shipment Report" says five suppliers will be responsible for the growth in 4K LCD panels, feeding a number of TV brands worldwide. China will play a key role, and growth

Samsung, LG 'Lose Confidence' in OLED TV Tech
December 18, 2012

Don't expect reasonably priced OLED TVs to hit the market for a fair few years yet. Do, however, expect 4K x 2K Ultra HD LCD TVs to be all the rage in 2013.

So suggests David Hsieh, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, a market watcher. He claims to have detected a change in the mood of those two major display manufacturers, Samsung and LG, the world's number one and number two telly makers, respectively. Both were, until very recently, dead keen on OLED TV technology.

A year ago, for example, both were aggressively promoting

First OLED TV Releases Seen This Year
November 5, 2012

The first OLED (organic light emitting diode) TV displays, while delayed, are still expected to reach the market late this year, although the category is elected to make up less than ten percent of the overall market for at least the next four years.

NPD: Smart-TV Penetration Lagging in U.S.
October 18, 2012

North America consumes the highest level of Internet-based video, including video-on-demand, yet has the lowest penetration of connected televisions, according to a new report from NPD DisplaySearch.

Internet-connected TVs (or smart TVs) are migrating from a novelty to mainstream, with shipments expected to grow 15% worldwide in 2012. With the shift, regional preferences and TV consumption habits are changing.

Critical to the development of connected TV has been the accessibility of content and broadcast services, which have helped propel penetration in Europe and Japan. In China, the availability of compelling

NPD: Smart TV Penetration Lagging
October 18, 2012

Smart-TV shipments are up 15% worldwide in 2012, but flat in North America. North America consumes the highest level of Internet-based video, including video-on-demand, yet has the lowest penetration of connected televisions, according to a new report from NPD DisplaySearch.

Global TV Shipments Down Again as Samsung Dominates
September 11, 2012

The television market struggled through a second consecutive down quarter this year, new data from NPD DisplaySearch has revealed.

The research firm reported today that total TV shipments worldwide hit 51.6 million, down eight percent compared to the same period last year. LCDs once again dominated the space with 85.5 percent market share and 44.1 million shipments. Cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions came in second place with 8.4 percent share and 4.3 million shipments. Plasmas could only muster the third-place spot with 6.1 percent share and 3.2 million shipments.