UHD LCD TV Panels to Exceed 40 Percent of Total Shipment Area in 2016, IHS Says

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (November 4, 2015) – Manufacturer and consumer demand for ultra-high definition (UHD) televisions remains strong, including 4K TV, wide viewing angle (WCG), high dynamic range (HDR) and other high-definition picture performance improvements. Despite overall sluggishness in liquid crystal display (LCD) TV sales, year-over-year unit shipments of UHD TV panels are forecast to double in 2015, topping 40 million units. UHD TV is now expected to account for 40 percent of the total TV panel shipment area in 2016, according to IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight.

Demand for UHD panels has risen sharply, because they are suited for large screens. Consumers are also recognizing that higher pixel density provides a better, more intuitive viewing experience. At the same time, TV panel prices have fallen, after the display supply capacity received a boost from expansion in Gen 8 facility lines at Chinese panel producers.

“The increased supply of LCD TV panels has caused a downturn in panel prices, providing consumers with a cheaper selection of wide-screen TVs and whetting their appetite for even larger TVs with higher resolution,” said Ricky Park, Director of Large Display Research for IHS Technology. “The consumer requirement for higher resolution will also grow, as more 4K TV video content becomes available.”

Increased demand for UHD TV has led to the narrowing in the price gap. The average selling price for an open-cell 55-inch UHD liquid crystal display reached $255 in September 2015, which is about 11 percent higher than a full HD (FHD) display, but sharply lower than 30 percent pricing gap year ago.

According to the IHS Display Long-term Demand Forecast Tracker , UHD TV panel demand will reach 67 million units in 2016, up 67 percent from 2015. In area, it will make up about 40 percent of the display market.

The IHS Display Long-term Demand Forecast Tracker updates worldwide shipments and forecasts for all major flat panel display (FPD) applications, including details from worldwide FPD technology. For information about purchasing this report, contact the sales department at IHS in the Americas at (844) 301-7334 or AmericasLeads@ihs.com; in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at +44 1344 328 300 or technology_emea@ihs.com; or Asia-Pacific (APAC) at +604 291 3600 or technology_APAC@ihs.com.

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