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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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money money money
By Screwballl on 2/20/2008 1:50:46 PM , Rating: 2
Of course, nowadays it costs these companies close to the same to make and market a LCD than it does a CRT display but when you look at a tube TV versus similarly sized LCD, the LCD is $400-1800 more. All this extra money in the pockets of everyone involved except the consumer.
The only area where the prices are fairly close in most cases are computer monitors (CRT vs LCD) and even nowadays LCD computer monitors are cheaper than LCD TVs for some odd reason when many times the TV is only 720p or 1080p and the computer LCD can be much higher resolution. 19" widescreen LCD: TV = 720p, PC = 900p




RE: money money money
By mattclary on 2/20/2008 2:39:38 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure that it costs more to make an LCD than a tube. Tube technology has been around for decades and is very mature. And relatively low-tech by todays standards. I think the margins on flat panels are actually pretty low right now.


RE: money money money
By Oregonian2 on 2/20/2008 6:57:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I read somewhere that margins on CRT sets are quite large. The cost to make them is very very low. It's very low tech (including the electronics) with capital equipment costs nil and/or long paid off -- as compared with x-generation plants for LCD's or Plasma that cost a zillion dollars and whose technology will be obsoleted by a next-generation plant in a few years. CRT's been there, done that a loooong time ago.


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