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April 26, 2008

Sharp Posts Strong LCD Sales In 2007 Fiscal Year, Still Loses Money

sdsca_sideimage.jpgSharp's first quarter numbers are in for the 2007 fiscal year and not surprisingly the company posted a 1.5% operating loss despite a 9.3% increase in sales. Much of the sales growth was driven by LCD TV's growing popularity, with the company posting a sales increase of 15.7% in its audio/video sector. Sales of LCD panels were also strong for Sharp, especially in larger screen sizes, increasing 8.7%. In the past year Sharp has established new LCD manufacturing plants in Poland and Mexico, a third production line at one Japanese plant, and construction has begun on another Japanese plant. Sharp is expecting 2008 to be a tough year due to global economic stress, but plans to increase its focus on its LCD TV business. Interestingly, no mention was made of the company's recent investment in Pioneer, which played a role in Pioneer's decision to restructure its Kuro manufacturing process.

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JVC Loses $455 Million In The Past Year, Finally Realizes Rear-Projection And Tube TV's Are Dead

thumb-jvc-red.jpgJapanese electronics maker JVC has finally realized that its traditional rear-projection and tube TV business is dead, but it took a $455 million loss in the past year for the realization to set in. The company says the majority of its losses resulted from nixing unprofitable businesses, but restructuring of its HDTV business is necessary. In fact, JVC is moving a factory in Scotland to Poland, and actually moving its Japanese manufacturing into Thailand, both moves an effort to reduce manufacturing costs. The company will also focus on larger LCD TV's, 42-inches and above in Japan for sure, but no decision on its US focus yet. Big screen LCD TV's tend be fairly lucrative for manufacturers thanks to generous profit margins, and definitely an improvement from the margins of RPTV's and the now seemingly ancient tube TV.

Via Electronista

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April 25, 2008

Samsung Posts Big Q1 Profits Thanks To Huge LCD TV Sales Numbers

51bxo2xYM%2BL._SL500_AA280_.jpgCompanies have been busy announcing their Q1 earnings, and in some cases losses, this week, and Samsung was definitely on the earnings side of things. Samsung's profits were up 37% in the first quarter of 2008 with profits of $2.2 billion on sales of $17.2 billion. Much of Samsung's growth was generated from LCD TV sales, especially those 46-inches and above. The company's LCD business generated 53% year-over-year growth itself, with the majority of other profit growth thanks to mobile phone sales.

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LG Display Grinding Out 32-57 Inch LCD TV Panels On New 8G Production Line

41Dkb4TsvHL._SL500_AA280_.jpgSamsung and Sony are using their collective strength to quickly launch another 8G LCD panel production line in addition to the one already at volume production, but LG Display isn't too far behind with plans to begin moving equipment into their Korean plant mid-2008. According to the company they'll be at volume production by March 2009, when Taiwanese rivals AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics are just beginning to start production in their new 8G plants.

8G lines are traditionally used to manufacture larger LCD displays, those 50-inches and above, but greater flexibility means that LG Display will focus on 32-, 47-, 52-, and 57-inch LCD TV panels. Maybe a little behind top-tier names like Samsung and Sony, LG Display will most likely have their first panels shipped well ahead of its Taiwan-based rivals, a full 2-3 quarters. Hopefully they'll use the time cushion usefully, and by that we mean ramping up production for those 32-inch OLED TV's we can't wait to see!

Via Digitimes

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Sony And Samsung Spilling $2 Billion Into Extra 8G LCD Line For JV S-LCD

TATUNG-vyrobni_linka.jpgSony and Samsung have agreed that the popularity of LCD TV's worldwide is justification for investing nearly $2 billion into another 8G LCD line at the South Korean Tangjeong Complex, part of their joint venture established back in 2004, dubbed S-LCD Corporation. The new line, called "8-2" will be added to current 8G and 7G lines, and production should be ramped up about this time next year, with a goal of 60, 000 220cm x 250cm panels per month. 51% of the panels will head to Samsung and the remainder to Sony. With this announcement it seems Sony is getting its LCD panels everywhere but from its own factories, as they also have a 34% interest in another joint LCD manufacturing plant with Sharp. If manufacturers keep teaming up like this, pretty soon we'll be dealing with whacked-out hybrids put together from pieces from every manufacturer other than the one on the TV's label. Ugggh!

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Bigscreen LCD TV Panel Shipments Down 9.9% Since Christmas

1702671163_88fdb1df81.jpg103.7 million large LCD panels were shipped in the first quarter of 2008, according to research firm WitsView. That's a decrease of 1.5% from 2007 fourth quarter shipments, not bad given the typical weak sales of the post-holiday season. Year-over-year though, the first quarter of the year saw a 41.5% increase in large panel shipments, moving 30 million more than this time last year.

If it weren't for poor LCD TV sales in the first quarter, down 9.9% to 23.5 million units from the holiday season, we may have seen overall growth in the first quarter of the year. Amazingly, laptops and monitors sporting LCD displays actually grew from the 2007 holiday season sales numbers.

Low demand means high supply, and high supply means prices begin to drop. Manufacturers saw a decrease in the price per LCD panel of $188 since Christmas, probably a tough pill to swallow for top manufacturers desperately trying to cut LCD TV prices in preparation for the Beijing Olympics.

Via Digitimes

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LG Display To Manufacture Energy-Saving LCD TV's Later In 2008

1.jpgLG Display is taking action towards doing its part to reduce energy consumption in light of our current global environmental concerns. In the second half of 2008, all LCD TV's with in-plane switching (IPS) will use optimized power control, reducing energy consumption 20-30% from that used by vertical alignment panels. The good news is that it doesn't cost much more for LG Display to produce OPC-IPS panels meaning you won't pay any more for an LG Display LCD TV on your end.

IPS technology was developed by LG Display and Hitachi in a joint effort. The new OPC addition will allow part of the display's backlighting to be switched off during darker screen images, eliminating the unnecessary energy used to power the unused backlights.

Other interesting news from LG Display is its revelation that its 7.5G plant in Korea has reached it volume production goals, leading to economies of scale in 42- and 47-inch LCD panels. Hopefully that'll translate to lower LCD TV prices in the respective panel sizes from LG Display in the near future.

Via Digitimes

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April 24, 2008

Samsung's Series 6 And Series 7 LCD TV's With Touch Of Color Slowly Trickling Onto Shelves

samsung-series7.jpgSamsung slipped word out that it's Series 6 and Series 7 LCD TV's with a Touch of Color are now available for purchase. Well, the Series 6 models anyway, the Series 7's are slated to hit shelves next month. I'm pretty sure they've been available over at Amazon for almost a couple of weeks now though and at least one Series 7 model is available a month ahead of its supposed official release date.

First showcased back at CES in January, both the Samsung Series 6 and Series 7 LCD's are downright impressive, boasting all the best features and technologies available including 1080p resolution, Auto Motion Plus 120Hz and Ultra Clear Panel technologies, up to 50000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and compliance with the EPA's EnergyStar rating system. Of course all of the sets have Samsung's Touch of Color, which we've learned actually uses dual-injection technology to embed color into the bezel, not paint or dye like we previously thought.

Other amazing features include on-demand InfoLink RSS which allows you to access weather, news, stock prices and other useful information from USA Today at the touch of a button, WiseLink for managing multimedia files such as pictures and MP3's via the LCD TV's USB 2.0 interface. Models and MSRP's are below:

Samsung Series 6 LCD TV's

19-inch LN19A650-$479.99
22-inch LN22A650-$649.99
32-inch LN32A650-$1,299.99
40-inch LN40A650-$2,299.99
46-inch LN46A650-$2,899.99
52-inch LN52A650-$3,199.99

Samsung Series 7 LCD TV's

40-inch LN40A750-$2,599.99
46-inch LN46A750-$3,199.99
52-inch LN52A750-$3,499.99

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April 22, 2008

Westinghouse Flip TV The Perfect "Other Room" LCD TV Solution

196_hero.jpgIf you're looking for a low-cost high-definition solution for your kitchen, bedroom, garage, or bathroom, Westinghouse may have your solution in the form of its new Westinghouse Flip TV. The 16-inch PT-16H610S LCD can flip and fold into any nook and cranny making it the ideal set for the out-of-living-room television. With a super-thin screen, the Flip TV will cost only $349 when it comes out in the next couple of weeks, and for that low price comes features like a 1080p HDMI input, 180-degree rotating front bezel, photo viewer, and tons of mounting options.

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April 21, 2008

LCD TV Price Drops Coming Soon?

samsung-lcd-tv.jpgA war between LCD TV manufacturers, expected to heat up this quarter could mean you'll have to pay less for an LCD TV in the range of 32-46 inches. And we're not taking talking about cheapie models either, we're talking about first-tier brands such as Sony here. In fact, Sony has even placed a new 32-inch LCD model on Wal-mart's shelves, better known for its cheaper, second tier models, in a bid for market share. Currently a 32-inch Sony model sells for about US$767 at Wal-mart, but expect to pay as low as $699 over the next few months as an increasingly crowded flat panel market sees top brands scrambling to gain market share. Apparently the magic number all manufacturers are looking for is a 20% market share, roughly the share Sony had in the CRT market with its explosively popular Trinitron lineup. Expect price drops on 40-, 42-, and 46-inch LCD TV's as well over the next couple of months. Now might be the time for a new TV!

Via Digitimes

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