NPD: 27% of Global Q1 TV Shipments Featured Web-Connectivity
June 12, 2012

More than a quarter (27%) of all televisions shipped in the first quarter included Internet connectivity, up from 20% during 2010, according to a new NPD DisplaySearch report. Led by Japan, where 46% of TV units featured Web connectivity, followed by Western Europe (36%), so-called smart TVs continue infiltrate the consumer market underscoring the opportunities and demand for Internet-based entertainment.

LCD Supply Tightened in March
June 5, 2012

Global supply of LCD panels tightened in March, leading to a price increase the following month. That's according to NPD DisplaySearch data released Tuesday. 

TV Replacement Cycle Shortens
May 29, 2012

Consumers worldwide are shortening the amount of time they take to replace their TVs, according to an NPD DisplaySearch survey released Tuesday.

Can Apple make a "Retina" display MacBook a reality?
May 17, 2012

Apple is preparing to launch MacBook systems featuring high pixel density Retina displays, according to an analyst speaking to sister site� CNET. Richard Shim, senior analyst with NPD DisplaySearch, believes Apple could now source high pixel density 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch� LCD� panels from suppliers such as Sharp, LG Display, and Samsung. Shim claims Apple could replace the current 15.4-inch and 13.3-inch screens used in the MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air systems with these higher density screens. Apple’s current 15.4-inch panel currently has a screen resolution of 1,440 x 900 pixels, and a pixel per inch count of 110.

LG Said to Plan Selling OLED TVs for More Than $9,000 in U.S.
May 11, 2012

LG Electronics Inc., the world's No. 2 television maker, plans to sell 55-inch sets using the new OLED technology for more than $9,000 in the U.S., two people with knowledge of the matter said.

The price is higher than that predicted by analysts for IHS Inc.'s iSuppli and NPD Group's DisplaySearch, who expected the sets to sell for about $8,000 when they debut later this year. LG can't charge less for the organic light-emitting diode TVs because production costs are too high, one of the people said. The people declined to be identified

Flat-Screen TV Prices: Anything but Flat
May 8, 2012

If you bought a new television during the first four months of this year, you may have paid more than you originally budgeted for.

That's according to the latest TV Tracker report from IHS iSuppli, which eyes the prices and specifications of TV sets in the U.S. market.

Prices of flat-panel TVs climbed an average of $78 between December and the end of April, the report says, from an average cost of $1,119 - the largest increase during any four-month period in the U.S. TV market over the past year.

Tablets Quickly Becoming the Portable PC of Choice
May 4, 2012

If tablet shipments continue to trend the way they have been, they'll grow more than fivefold in as many years. That's the latest forecast from NPD DisplaySearch, which anticipates a massive uptick in tablet adoption over the next few years, one that will ultimately vault the device's market share over the PC's. The research outfit figures tablet shipments will grow from 81.6 million units in 2011 to 184.2 million in 2013 - significantly more than the 168.9 million NPD had originally predicted.

NPD: Apple Will Lose Quarter of Tablet Market by 2017
May 4, 2012

The tablet PC market is expected to grow five times over in the next five years, according to global market research and consulting firm NPD DisplaySearch.

Specifically, tablet shipments are predicted to grow from 81.6 million units in 2011 to 424.9 million units by 2017.

NPD analysts are attributing the surge to an expected flourish in diversity among mobile operating systems and display technologies.

NPD DisplaySearch senior analyst Richard Shim further explained in the report:

So far in this relatively young product category, the tablet PC market has been dominated by Apple

How 'In-Cell' Technology Could Make the Next iPhone Ultra-Thin
April 23, 2012

We're all familiar with Apple's love affair for thin devices. Although the third-generation iPad surprised many by gaining about half a millimeter of thickness, it looks like Apple could be back to trimming product dimensions by using a new kind of display technology in the next iPhone. Instead of using a display comprising a number of separate layers, Apple could use in-cell touch display technology, according to a Friday report from Digitimes. The report says Apple would be sourcing its in-cell displays from Toshiba and Sharp.

"The advantage of in-cell