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Samsung was the no. 2 LCD TV manufacturer during Q4 2007.

LCD vs. CRT  (Source: Business Wire)
Report puts Sony LCD TVs as top brand with Samsung a close second

DisplaySearch released a report this week that shows for the first time ever LCD TV shipments outpacing CRT TVs worldwide in Q4 2007. According to the report, global TV shipments grew 21% quarter to quarter and 5% year to year. The total number of TVs shipped was nearly 200 million units worldwide.

2007 was the first year where TV revenues exceeded $100 billion with Q4 2007 revenues alone counting for $32.9 billion of that number. DisplaySearch says that LCD unit share grew worldwide, but the strongest growth in LCD unit share was seen in Europe. Developing nations showed the greatest increase in LCD unit share with Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa rising a combined 106% year over year.

CRT TV shipments fell from 77% of global TV shipments in Q1 2006 to 46% of global shipments in Q4 2007. LCD made impressive gains against rear projection TVs and Plasma TVs as well.

LCD TV share increased from 44% to 65% year over year while plasma dropped from 40% to 31% and rear projection TV dropped from 16% to 3%. That massive drop in rear projection was no doubt helped by Sony pulling out of the rear projection market in 2007.

DisplaySearch says that Sony was the number one brand of LCD TV in Q4 2007 with 19.5% of the market. Samsung followed in a very close second place with 19.3% of the LCD TV market. Philips was a distant third with 10.1% of the LCD market with Sharp sitting at the same 10.1% share. The fifth place company was LG with 7.7% of the market.

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Quality sells
By TerranMagistrate on 2/20/2008 1:06:03 PM , Rating: 4
So it's no wonder that the Sony Bravia line of TVs have the highest marketshare. Very pricey though...

RE: Quality sells
By Mojo the Monkey on 2/20/2008 1:13:22 PM , Rating: 2
its too bad still havent seen the foretold price plummet of plasma systems. I read for a while about the gap closing in quality, contrast, etc. But man, my brand new name-brand LCD still doest compare to the exact same brand's plasma that my parents have.

RE: Quality sells
By TerranMagistrate on 2/20/2008 1:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
But one major drawback of plasma sets is the burn-in possibility when playing games and such.

RE: Quality sells
By SavagePotato on 2/20/2008 1:29:41 PM , Rating: 1
Games are starting to take that into account. All the new ps3 games I've gotten in the last 6 months on screen displays that fade or at the least are highly transparent to compensate for this.

Played rachet and clank for hours and hours and hours with no image retention much less burn in at any time on my Samsung plasma.

Some older games are worrying, Ninja gaiden sigma has a bright huge health bar that leaves image retention very fast.

RE: Quality sells
By Chris Peredun on 2/20/2008 1:57:14 PM , Rating: 2
Retention from static images isn't what bothers me nearly as much as the differential in brightness with letterboxed 2.35:1 or pillarboxed 4:3 content.

After a five-minute "wash" of full-screen images (many people have made DVDs that contain colour transitions only for this purpose) it mostly goes away ... but there's still that nagging feeling that you'll get a tic-tac-toe appearance on your screen, where the corners are brightest, the top and bottom next, then sides, and finally the center, where all of the aspect ratios align.

Hopefully the LCD manufacturers deliver LED-based panels soon.

RE: Quality sells
By eye smite on 2/20/2008 2:48:05 PM , Rating: 4
Also your lightbill would take a dramatic rise from the plasma tv. Last I read stats and it's been a while, but plasma's were in the 4 to 500 watt range and LCD's of very large size stay below 60 watts usage.

RE: Quality sells
By peldor on 2/20/2008 4:12:36 PM , Rating: 2
Not quite. Large LCDs (50"+) still use hundreds of Watts. Not as much as plasma, true, but LCDs are not nearly as energy efficient as you suggest.

For example, picking three Sony LCDs as they are the most popular according to the article:
46" 260W
52" 320W
70" 650W

RE: Quality sells
By BruceLeet on 2/20/2008 1:17:09 PM , Rating: 5
Im 22, I can't wait to own a 52" OLED when I'm 28.

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