Plasma HDTV Shipments Drop Again 
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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

DisplaySearch’s study on the fate of plasma HDTVs paints a bleak picture.  Year-over-year, shipments have dropped 22% to less than 2.8 million in the first quarter of 2009, while quarter-to-quarter numbers showed a drop of 28%. The plasma industry saw Pioneer and Vizio bow out earlier this year, discontinuing production in favor of LCD and other technology.

Also the 32-inch model was recently dropped, which is what DisplaySearch says is driving these excessively low numbers. Almost all plasma manufacturers, with the exception of Panasonic, have halted investing into expanding their capacity, and DisplaySearch says that the competitive edge will become improved technology in the fabrication process and display properties.  Panasonic is currently the market leader with 39% of market share, with Samsung (31%) and LGE (22%) not far behind.

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