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Curved TV market share to decrease in future

All Headlines 13:52 January 04, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- The global market share of curved televisions is forecast to peak this year before decreasing down the road, an industry tracker said Wednesday.

According to the data compiled by IHS, the market share of curved TVs is set to increase from 3.7 percent in 2016 to 4.9 percent in 2017.

The ratio, however, is expected to decrease to 4.3 percent in 2018, 3.9 percent in 2019 and 3 percent in 2020, IHS said.

IHS, meanwhile, expects that high dynamic range (HDR) TVs will take a major market share by 2020.

Industry analysts say that there are numerous weaknesses of curved TVs compared with other TV models with HDR or organic light emitting diode (OLED) display panels.

A U.S. review website said that the curve of the screen may provide sweet spots for some viewers who are watching off-center, but the reflections are often compounded by the curve of the screen.

In 2015, Samsung Display Co. was the largest vendor of curved display TVs with shipments of 4.9 million units, followed by Taiwan-based AU Optronics with 1.2 million units. LG Display Co., Samsung's South Korean rival, currently does not produce curved panels for LCD TVs.

Samsung's curved quantum dot CH711 TV (Photo courtesy of Samsung Electronics Co.) (Yonhap)

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