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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 Oregonian2 on 2/20/2008 3:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
While like all DLP's, the vertical angle isn't perfect, in that moving up and down does change the color a bit, it's not nearly as bad in that respect as an LCD is. The horizontal angle is very large. No difference at all moving to the sides of the room. That's something you can't do with an LCD.

We went for the best PQ and went plasma (a Panasonic 58" one). It can be looked at nearly from the edge w/o any problem whatsoever -- still looking great. Not only side to side but up/down as well.

Although plasma is losing overall marketshare, it's actually growing -- its more a matter of LCD growing faster, and that's where the bulk of the sales are (Plasmas dominate the larger screen sizes where things like 32" ones that sell like hotcakes are LCD only).

Plasmas do weigh more than LCD's, but our new 58" Plasma still weighed less than the 32" Sony CRT TV that it replaced. :-)

RE: An extra tidbit
By melgross on 2/20/2008 3:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
There is a slight vertical change, but not much. There is no horizontal change at all moving from one side of my 16 foot wide living room to the other. That's whether I'm five feet in front of the set, or twenty five feet away.

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