Plasma shipments have dipped for the first time, according to market analyst DisplaySearch. New data reveals that shipments fell 14 per cent during Q1, year-on-year. DisplaySearch says it’s “the lowest result since the third quarter of 2005.” The consequence of this decline is a growing surplus of screens, which is once again driving panel prices down, now typically 27 per cent year-on-year.
Plasma manufacturers have been slow to transition to 1080p, which has allowed LCD to gain market share. Panasonic will begin mass-market introductions of 1080p TVs this summer, produced at its multi-billion Yen Amagasaki plant (pictured).
However, the dip in demand has also affected LCD TVs, which are down 9 per cent in Q1.
The market leader in plasma continues to be Panasonic, with a 31 per cent share. LG holds the number 2 slot, with 27 per cent.