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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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RE: An extra tidbit
By phattyboombatty on 2/20/2008 2:52:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'm in total agreement with you on the DLP's. I've never been able to understand why so many people opt for the more expensive and lower quality flat panels. All I can think of is that they are somehow persuaded that "thinner is better." In my experience, very few people that buy a flat panel actually mount them on the walls (and those that do put them in awful viewing locations such as above a fireplace where you have to strain your neck and look up four feet to see the picture). The vast majority of people in my experience stick the panel either in an entertainment cabinet or on top of a stand, where the thinness of the panel provides no practical benefit.

It was a no-brainer for me when I purchased my DLP, because I got a superior picture at a cheaper cost.

RE: An extra tidbit
By mmntech on 2/20/2008 3:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
You brought up the fireplace thing that designers are suggesting. This bugs me to no end since if you actually use it, you stand a good chance of wrecking the TV.

I've got a 40'' CRT based front projection Toshiba HDTV. One of the best TVs I've owned. It's even got quality speakers and a low power sub-woofer built in. Unfortunately, it only handles 1080i but not 720p or 1080p, which most HD content is in these days. I think people like the thinner TVs because even if you aren't mounting it on a wall, they do take up less space. The TV I have is like a piece of furniture and weighs some 200lbs. However, I think the main reason people don't buy DLP is because they're ignorant of it. Most retailers don't push them, instead focusing on LCD and Plasma. People think those are better. That's all that matters in the end, even if it's not true.

RE: An extra tidbit
By semo on 2/20/2008 4:52:30 PM , Rating: 2
here in england i haven't seen a dlp tv in a street shop and it's very hard finding them online too.

if anyone knows a british retailer that sells those samsung dlps, pls share!

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