People start buying TVs again

oldtvShipments of TVs worldwide rose in the third quarter by four percent, bucking a trend that showed several previous quarters of weak growth.

LCD TV shipments rose by nine percent, according to IHS subsidiary Displaysearch, fuelled by uptake of TV screens in North America.

Plasma and CRT shipments continue to steadily decline.

China showed strong shipments, showing a nine percent growth in the quarter. That sector had been weakened a year ago after the central government withdrew subsidies.

Displaysearch analyst Paul Gagnon said the last few years were “difficult” for shipments and revenues but there is more resiliency now.  He said that in some regions there is a renewed replacement cycle, while larger screen sizes and 4K and better resolutions continue to tempt people to upgrade.

Here are the main 4K shipment leaders by brand.