It’s a bad time to be in the TV business–or at least it is if you happen to be selling the televisions themselves. A new report shows that TV shipments in the world’s most important market–the U.S.–have fallen by a 11% in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same quarter last year.
Not surprisingly, with demand falling, prices have been going up to compensate, rising 3% in the same time frame. This could be due to the fact that manufacturers are seeing an opportunity among consumers who are buying, as the vast majority are looking to upgrade and are more interested in smart TVs with larger display sizes. Another trend noted is that plasma TVs are losing favor faster–with sales dropping by almost 39% compared to a 7% dip in LCD TV sales.
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In most cases, a sudden influx of players and increased competition would be detrimental for long-time industry stalwarts. However, the U.S. intruder alarm market is embracing the plethora of new competitors entering the business because these recent market entrants are partnering with established security suppliers to offer complete home security product offerings. Because of this cooperation, the penetration rate for U.S. residential intruder alarm products will increase by 5 to 8% during the next three years, predicts a recently published report, which notes that the penetration rate of intrusion systems in the U.S. has hovered around the 20% mark for some time.
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A new study foresees dramatic growth during the the next two years for the smart grid sensor market in North America. The report notes that a major change is occurring in the feeder line sensing market in North America, with emerging technologies being offered from a series of new entrants to the market. The report goes on to predict that the smart grid sensors market will more than double in size from estimated 2012 levels, with annual revenue topping $100 million for the first time in 2015, as older devices are replaced by next-generation technologies offered by new market entrants.
A recently published report revealed that the wireless LAN (WLAN) market grew 17% in the first quarter 2013 versus Q1 2012. Outdoor device shipments turned in the strongest performance, while the Broadband Customer Premise Equipment with WLAN segment also grew rapidly, driven by recently-introduced high-speed DOCSIS 3.0 cable equipment shipments.
Despite continued strong growth of smartphones and the prevalence of Wi-Fi-only tablets, mobile broadband subscriptions on connected tablets will expand rapidly in the next five years. A newly available study forecasts global mobile broadband subscriptions on tablets will grow eightfold from 2012 to 2017 as more than 165 million new tablets activate mobile data services. The study also predicts that by 2017, global mobile tablet subscriptions will generate almost 3.5 million terabytes of mobile data traffic. With the new iPad setting the technology benchmark, 4G LTE could develop into the access technology of choice, perhaps accounting for more than 80% of all mobile broadband tablet subscriptions by the end of 2017.
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