The first quarter of 2009 saw big screen LCD sales surpass big screen plasma sales for the first time in history. The report from Quixel Research shows that revenue for the LCD market grew by 55% quarter-to-quarter and 200% year-to-year, while plasma dropped 12% quarter-to-quarter and 20% year-to-year.
The BeoVision 7 from Bang & Olufsen has received some nice upgrades recently. This LCD TV now includes a DVB-HD tuner to access HD broadcasts, 120 Hz motion technology and the consumer’s choice of a built-in DVD player or Blu-Ray player.
New information is available about the ultra-thin LCD panels that LG has recently unveiled in Japan. These 42 and 47 inch screens measure just 0.23-inches thick. They use edge-lit LED backlights and LG’s own light guide sheet technology to reduce thickness, and also reduce the weight by about half of a regular LCD TV.
The International Energy Agency based in Paris has released a report outlining the future energy consumption of consumer electronic devices, and it doesn’t look pretty. By 2030, consumer electronics, which includes flat panel TVs, will consume 1,700 terawatt hours – which is what the US and Japan currently consumer in total home electricity.
New HDTVs are going to hit the market soon from Sharp: the Aquos D Series. These TVs include 32-inch, 40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch Full HD LCD screens and will be available to the Japanese market on June 10th.