4K UHD TV Sales To Reach 4.5 Million Units This Holiday Season

Posted: Nov 9 2016, 2:27pm CST | by , in News | Technology News

 
4K UHD TV Sales to Reach 4.5 million Units this Holiday Season
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This is going to be the biggest Holiday season for 4K TVs, driven by availability of 4K HDR content.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced today that Holiday quarter shipments of 4K Ultra High-Definition TVs in the United States are expected to reach 4.5 million units, driving total 4K UHD sales for 2016 to 10 million units. This is a 40 percent increase over 2015.

Sales of 4K UHD TVs continue to increase as more brands and screen sizes are available at lower prices, new technologies such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) are more widely available, and consumer demand grows.

CTA forecasts 4K UHD displays will account for 56 percent of all TV sales during Q4 as the category steadily moves toward comprising nearly 50 percent of total annual TV sales. CTA’s annual holiday research shows TVs are among the most desired technology holiday gifts this year, behind notebook computers and tied with smartphones.

Even as HDR-compatible sets and displays with other new technologies comprise an increasing share of the product mix, the average wholesale price of 4K UHD TVs has declined 22 percent since January.

“We’ve been bullish about 4K UHD since day one, and market growth continues to justify our enthusiasm,” said Gary Shapiro, CTA president and CEO. “Manufacturers are introducing an increasing variety of 4K UHD displays at a range of price points. Many of these displays include new innovations like HDR and WCG that make the viewing experience more immersive. Strong growth in display sales, combined with the increasing number of 4K UHD Blu-ray discs and other content, 4K cameras, and additional devices in the market will cement 2016 as a 'banner year' for 4K UHD.”

The robust 40 percent increase in sales since last year makes 4K UHD TV one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments, although CTA initially forecast total unit sales for the year to reach 14.5 million units. The updated forecast reflects finalized Q2 data showing a more gradual growth curve as TV makers transitioned to new 4K UHD models, according to Steve Koenig, CTA’s senior director, Market Research. “We also expected to see TV manufacturers move more quickly to a greater mix of 4K in screen sizes above 40 inches, which now appears to be shaping up as a 2017 trend,” said Koenig.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format sold its 1 millionth disc in October, racking up more then $25 million in consumer spending, according to data from Futuresource cited by the Blu-ray Disc Association.

4K UHD is the next generation of high-definition display technology for the home, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with superior picture quality compared to current HD displays. 4K UHD will be one of the major product trends at the upcoming CES 2017. Content developers also are expected to announce new 4K programming at CES 2017.

The 4K UHD TV deals are at the center of attention this Black Friday shopping season. Find the best Black Friday 2016 4K UHD TV Deals. The list especially features 4K TVs with the latest HDR10 support. Sam's Club is already selling a 4K SUHD TV from Samsung advertised in the Sam's Club Black Friday 2016 Ad.

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