LCD-TV Sales Surpass Those of Old-School CRT (Tube) TVs
The whole consumer electronics world is hyped up over flat-panel TVs, but wouldn't you be surprised to know that it took until this past yearly quarter for LCD-TV shipments to outpace shipments of good old reliable (and bulky, and heavy) CRT-TV (a.k.a. old-school "tube") sets?
According to a report from industry monitoring and analyst firm DisplaySearch, LCD-TVs captured 47-percent of the TV market, while CRT (which stands for cathode ray tube) accounted for 46-percent of the market. Plasma-TVs and rear-projection TVs (RPTV) made up the final 7-percent.
Does that number for plasma and RPTV seem small? Consider that LCD screens range from small (13-inches) sizes up to 57-inches diagonally across, which means they can serve in a whole host of settings and functions where plasma just doesn't fit the bill.
And that's where LCD has been able to make its great headway against CRT units (not to mention plasmas). As the consumer population starts to replace smaller CRTs, it is going for LCD-TVs -- the appeal of the slim form factor outweighs any concerns over higher price, and, slowly but surely, relegates the old tube technology to the dustbin of history (although we hope not the regular dustbin of all consumers' trash, since we're in great favor of recycling).
The little bit of LCDs' growth has come from the larger screen size portion of the market, although plasma and rear projection sets seem to be well-entrenched, once you start looking at screen sizes greater than 50-inches.
From TG Daily.
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