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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 6:48:46 PM , Rating: 2
When I was in the hunt last December, I found both DLP's and LCDs that did very well with left-right viewing angles as well as units that did very very poorly. Depends upon the unit (although with Plasmas, they pretty much all did well in this regard because it's somewhat inherent in the way they're made).

As to comments about price, I'll certainly agree there wholeheartedly. It made me gag in the $4400 I paid for my TH-58PZ750U Plasma at a local dealer (they're on sale now on clearance shelves for less now). And even though I could have gotten it for a few hundred less through an internet shop, I'd still have been gagging -- particularly when compared to the MUCH lower prices of other sets, especially rear projection sets. But I'll be using this set until it breaks seriously (last set, a Sony 32" XBR took 13 years). So I wanted it to be the best I could afford -- I'm going to live with it for a long time. I'm too poor to buy cheap. I buy once and keep it. And at least for me, I bought the best I could for the money I paid, even if I could buy cheaper.

P.S. - An no it's not above a fireplace, that's an ergonomically poor place for TV's to go. Center of the screen is at almost exactly eye-height in our viewing positions. It is on an articulating arm though -- I can easily turn it nearly perpendicular to the wall should I want to access the back wiring or whatever. :-)

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