LG leading global UHD market, iPlayer popular choice for smart TV owners, and 3D on the way out : DTG Daily News 16th February 2016

LG leading global UHD market

2015 was a good year for South Korea’s LG Display, putting them back on top as the global leader of UHD shipments.

Researchers HIS revealed that the during Q4/2015, 11.25 million units were shipped, and of these LG shipped 3.98 million of them, giving it a 35 per cent market share. Rival Samsung shipped 2.8 million, giving it a 25 per cent share. Samsung had the number 1 position during the first three-quarters of the last year.

LG’s share grew by about 380,000 units from Q3 to Q4.

“The biggest factor of the increase in UHD TV panel shipments in the fourth quarter of 2015 is the increase in shipments to China, the largest UHD TV market in the world. Except for Haier and Hisense that generally adopts Samsung products, LG Display is supplying its UHD panels to Chinese TV manufacturers.” Said an official from LG Display.

“There was a general indifference towards all TVs until November and December with UHD maybe growing slightly less than we had previously anticipated, although Black Friday sales were even more encouraging than in 2014.” Said Nick Simon, a research at GfK.

UHD sales in the UK ended up selling just short of 1 million units.

iPlayer popular choice for smart TV owners

Over the Christmas holiday period, there was a marked increase in viewers watching iPlayer via a TV platform such as Sky, Virgin, Freesat and connected TVs.

iPlayer viewing saw a switch in platforms over the Christmas holiday period as viewers opted for the big screen.

The BBC says there was a notable increase in viewers watching via TV platforms such as Sky, Virgin or Freesat and connected TVs. This was matched by a slight decrease in requests from PCs and laptops.

A total of 309 million TV and radio requests were put through BBC iPlayer in December.

3D on the way out

Both Samsung and LG are set to start phasing out 3D. Samsung is not going to install 3D capabilities in new products, and LG is going to reduce the number of 3D TVs they product by half.

It can hardly come as a surprise, but both Samsung and LG are now set to phase out 3D.

“Although 40% of all TVs last year had 3D functions, only 20% of TVs this year will have 3D functionality,” said a rep for LG Electronics. “Because there are still consumers who enjoy 3D movies and others, we are going to apply 3D function mainly on premium products.”

The lack of sales for Samsung’s 3D glasses is being cited as a reason for dropping the 3D capabilities. “Even though we had been supplying 3D glasses until last year, there is no any request for new supply this year.” said a rep for Samsung Electronics’ partner. “It is seen that Samsung Electronics is not going to apply 3D technology into its new TVs.”

“3D TV was a fail due to content, prices and technology,” was the judgement of a recent report from market research company IHS, “The fact that people have to wear glasses to watch 3D TVs did not work too well for consumers.”

DTG Staff  |  16.02.2016

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