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.

LG now selling the PenTouch Plasma TV in the U.S.

LG Electronics in the United States has launched the LG PenTouch Plasma television that lets viewers use a special touch-sensitive stylus pen to interact with the Internet and to create, modify and control a variety of content directly on the screen.

The line of televisions, first demonstrated at CES, includes a fifty inch model which will sell for $1,100, and two sixty inch models which will sell for $1,700 and $2,200 USD respectively. The set also requires a Windows PC (not included) for the touch interactivity.

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.

Bang & Olufsen 85″ Plasma will sell for $85,000

today announced that its BeoVision4-85, an 85 inch 3D Plasma television will be available in June for $85,000.

The company also announced a larger 103 inch version will also be available this summer, however, pricing for it were not announced.

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.

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.

Record Sales for Plasma TV in 2010

Worldwide sales of Plasma televisions hit 19.1 million units in 2010, up from 14.8 million units in 2009 according to recent report from DisplaySearch.

The research firm says every quarter of 2010 saw sales increases over the same quarter of 2009. The results surprised researchers who believed the loss of several plasma manufacturers in 2009 and the renewed threat from LCD TVs with LED backlighting would put a dent in sales.

Flat panel televisions increasingly more energy efficient

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) this week released a study which shows how much more energy efficient flat panel televisions are today than six or seven years ago.

The report, produced by research firm TIAX LLC, reviewed power consumption data on best-selling high-definition liquid crystal (LCD) and plasma display models produced between 2003 and 2010. The report examined active and standby power consumption in models with screen sizes ranging from 13- to 65-inches.

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