Intel Planning Booming Touch Screen Demand for New Laptops
July 2, 2012

With demand for tablets and smartphones surging, Intel Corp. is betting that supplies of touchscreens will start to run short just as PC makers begin to introduce touch-enabled laptops and other devices.

To ensure that PC manufacturers don't get squeezed out, the chipmaker last month said it had agreed to pay four Taiwanese touch-screen makers to secure supplies of the parts.

Intel's deals reflect the difficulty of getting key components as the tablet market is poised to jump 48 percent to $66.4 billion in 2012, according to researcher DisplaySearch. Shares of Intel partners

The Major Crisis in TV
July 2, 2012

Nobody is buying sets. As a result, television manufacturers have had a rough few years --and their prospects for the near term aren't very bright.

Once hot flat panel TVs are not, at least according to the latest data from NPD DisplaySearch. Worldwide TV shipments fell by 8% from a year prior in the first quarter of 2012. That was the steepest rate of decline since the second quarter of 2009. The biggest contributor to this decline was a slowdown in shipments of LCD sets, which fell year-on-year for the first time ever.

TV's Get Bigger, Fancier, Pricier, but July 4 Sales Remain
June 30, 2012

Buyer's remorse may be a thing of the past for purchasers of new TV sets.

You know the feeling: plunking down cash or a credit card for a new display, only to find a better bargain in a few months that leaves you resentful.

So far this year, the average retail price of flat-panel displays and the average price that consumers are paying for TVs is rising. Retailers and TV makers like selling higher-priced models because they make more money off them. And shoppers increasingly are willing to pay for sets that are bigger

NPD: TV Still the Preferred Choice to Watch Video
June 27, 2012

Consumers like watching video on big-screen, high-definition TVs, despite surge in viewing on tablets and smartphones. More than 70% of consumers in an international survey said they have watched video content on devices other than the television, according to new data from NPD DisplaySearch.

Sony CEO Says He’ll Move Quickly to Revive Electronics Business
June 27, 2012

Sony Corp will move quickly to turn around its electronics business after the company posted four straight years of losses, Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai told a shareholders meeting in Tokyo today. "We take it seriously," said Hirai, 51, addressing shareholders of Japan's largest consumer-electronics exporter for the first time after becoming CEO on April 1. "We have to promote reform quickly." Hirai, who is trying to revive Sony after it reported a record loss last fiscal year under his predecessor Howard Stringer, reiterated a goal of making a profit

Global TV Sales Slump, Vizio Leads in US, Samsung Still Number One Worldwide
June 21, 2012

Global TV shipments fell by eight percent in the first quarter of 2012 and, compounding the bad news, total LCD shipments fell for the first time, by 2.53 percent. This time last year, total TV shipments had grown by one percent and LCD by eight percent. The data comes from DisplaySearch, and shows that while marketshare for LCDs increased in comparison to Plasma, CRT, and others, over the entire year LCD shipments dropped from 4.42 million to 4.31 million. Samsung increased its year-over-year share of revenue from the worldwide sale of flat-panel TVs

Samsung, LG Bet On New Display to Revive TV Sales
June 20, 2012

South Korean TV manufacturers are making billion dollar bets on a new display technology that promises an even thinner screen and imagery of eye-popping clarity. It might prove to be a costly last gasp of innovation from an industry finding it ever harder to excite consumers who've been wowed by smartphones and tablets. Undeterred by the 3-D TV flop and failure of Internet connected TVs to boost sales, Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. are hoping "OLED" technology will keep them ahead in an intensely competitive business

Global TV Shipments Decline
June 20, 2012

Worldwide shipments of televisions in the first quarter of the year dropped 8% to 51.2 million units, compared with 55.6 million units shipped during the same period last year - the steepest rate of decline since the second quarter of 2009, according to new data from NPD DisplaySearch.

The biggest contributor to this decline was a slowdown in shipments of LCD TVs, which fell year-over-year for the first time in the history of the category, declining just more than 3% to 43 million units.

In a First, Global LCD Shipments Fall
June 20, 2012

Global shipments of LCD TV units fell 3 percent worldwide in the first quarter, the first year over year decrease for the technology ever, according to NPD DisplaySearch. Overall TV shipments fell 8 percent.