Update: Sony recalls 1.6 million Bravia LCD televisions

Sony has recalled 1.6 million Bravia LCD televisions due to faulty transformer which may cause a fire.

The company recall came after a September incident in which a customer tv caught on fire. According to a Sony statement releasd today, an additional eleven incidents have been reported in Japan since 2008.

Television sales expected to remain flat in 2011

Worldwide sales of televisions are not expected to grow from 2010 to 2011, holding at 248 million units according to a recent report from Display Search. Previously the company had been predicting growth of around 4 percent for the year.

Although the predicted number of sales 2011 is expected to be flat, shipments of flat panel TVs, which excludes CRT and rear projection technologies, will increase about 6% for the year.

Sharp 80 inch LCD HDTV coming to Canada in October

Sharp Electronics announced this week the the Aquos LC-80LE632U, an 80-inch LCD TV which the company says will go on sale in Canada in October. Sharp will now offer nine LCD televisions which are 60 inches or larger.

Television shipments fall in second quarter

Global television shipments were 55.5 million units in the second quarter of 2011, down 1 percent from 56.2 million units in the same quarter a year earlier, according to recent report from DisplaySearch.

The decline was not a big surprise to analysts since the second quarter of 2010 was very strong due an increase in demand last year prior to the World Cup Soccer Tournament.

Flat Panel TV owners have more televisions

In a finding that is unlikely to surprise many Digital Home readers, a recent DisplaySearch report confirmed the commonly-held assumption that households in richer countries own more TVs. Researchers found that households in developed countries own 28% more TVs on average than households in emerging countries.

The study also found that within the thirteen countries measured – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, UK, France, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, United States – the average number of TVs per household was higher in homes that had a flat screen tv.

Sharp’s says World’s biggest LCD HDTV is now available in Canada

Sharp Electronics announced this week the Canadian availability of the Aquos LC-70LE732U, a 70-inch LCE TV which the company says is the largest LCD television in the market today.

Sporting a screen whose viewing area is twice that of a 46 inch screen, the new Aquos comes in black and features a 1080p panel with the companies Quad pixel technology, LED backlighting and built-in WiFi.

Latest Sharp 2D and 3D televisions now in Canada

Sharp Electronics announced this week that its Aquos Quattron LE830 series of 2D LCD televisions and LE835 Series of 3DTVs are now available from retailers in Canada.

Announced earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, both series are available in 40″, 46″, 52″ and 60 sizes and feature built-in WiFi connectivity for Netflix, Vudu and CinemaNow streaming.

Global TV sales up 15 percent in final quarter of 2010

Worldwide television sales rose to a record 77.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010, up 15 percent from the same quarter in 2009, according to sales figures collected by DisplaySearch.

The market research firm says the strong gains are attributable to improved growth in developed markets, particularly North America, which had experienced a substantial slowdown during the first half of the year.

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