Skip to main content

Learn to love the curve: Research predicts 6 million curved TVs to ship in 2017

6 million curved tvs will ship in 2017 samsung 105 inch uhd tv
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Just when it seemed the flatscreen had become the new standard style of television, the technology of tomorrow began veering back into curved territory, though admittedly in a new direction. We can now expect the number of curved LED and OLED TVs available in the market to drastically increase over the next few years — curved TV display shipments are forecast to reach nearly 800,000 units by the end of 2014 and exceed 6 million by the end of 2017, according to research by NPD’s DisplaySearch. The report also explores major TV brands’ “ramping up” of OLED, 4K and other relatively newer technologies in an attempt to scrape together more sales in a declining market.

2011 was the global TV market’s peak year — shipments and revenues have been dwindling since. As a result, TV makers are hoping to diversify and expand the market’s value in any way they can. Curved TV offers an entirely new niche in which to invest and differentiate. According to DisplaySearch’s research, the curved technology is expected to reach its peak in LCD TVs in 2016. But by that point, OLED – a technology plagued by significant manufacturing problems – likely will have rolled out more completely and become less expensive, providing a potential boost to curved TV shipments in 2017.

According to a head researcher for DisplaySearch, even if the curved fad’s popularity fades by 2018, it will have served its particular purpose: to differentiate new high-end models and thus increase overall value in the global television market.

Companies are also finding new advancements in content delivery – such as Netflix’s recent addition of 4K/Ultra-HD streaming support – to be convincing enough evidence to justify expansion in the Ultra-HD TV category. Shipments of UHD TVs are forecast to exceed 12 million units in 2014, rising to 62 million in 2017.

Are you a proponent of curved or 4K/Ultra-HD TVs? Are you willing to shell out the extra chunk of change to bring one home this year, or will you wait until they become more practical, affordable options? Let us know in the comment box below.

Topics
Alex Tretbar
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Alex Tretbar, audio/video intern, is a writer, editor, musician, gamer and sci-fi nerd raised on EverQuest and Magic: The…
Best Samsung TV deals: Save on 4K TVs, QLED TVs, OLED TVs, 8K TVs
A person watching a Samsung TV.

Samsung is almost always considered to be among the best TV brands, and while there are plenty of Sony TV deals, TCL TV deals, LG TV deals, and Vizio TV deals out there, here we’re taking a look at the savings a new Samsung TV has to offer. You’ll find both OLED TV deals and QLED TV deals among the best Samsung deals available to shop, as well as a variety of sizes such as 65-inch TV deals, 75-inch TV deals, and 85-inch TV deals. Below you’ll find all of the best Samsung TV deals going on right now — many of which compare well against the best TV deals overall — as well as some information on why each TV might make a good centerpiece for your home theater.
Samsung 65-inch QN85C QLED 4K Smart TV — $1,500, was $2,000

We find the QN85C to be sitting at just about the perfect price for a TV right now, while still maintaining the qualities and freshness of a much more quality TV. While it is 4K, it uses mini-LED tech, which allows for fine-tuned light control. Remember that the best QLED TVs are typically renowned more for their brightness than contrast; this tech can tip that need for contrast in the QN85C's favor. Other great features of this TV include audio with Dolby Atmos and Object Tracking Sound, 4K upscaling, and motion acceleration to keep fast moving content smooth.

Read more
Hurry! The LG B3 OLED TV has a $500 price cut today
The LG B3 Series OLED 4K TV in the living room.

There's always high demand for OLED TV deals, so we expect this offer from LG to attract a lot of attention -- a $500 discount on the 55-inch LG B3 OLED 4K TV, which slashes its price to $1,200 from $1,700. It's a display that will breathe new life into your living room or bedroom, but if you want to get it for much cheaper than usual, you're going to have to hurry with your purchase. That's because stocks of the OLED TV are expected to sell out quickly, so act fast if you don't want to miss out on the savings.

Why you should buy the 55-inch LG B3 OLED 4K TV
LG has solidified its position among the best TV brands with OLED technology as its calling card, so you can be sure that you'll get a quality display with the 55-inch LG B3 OLED 4K TV. Powered by LG's a7 AI Processor Gen 6, the TV offers impressive picture with 4K Ultra HD resolution and Dolby Vision, with Dolby Atmos further elevating the cinematic experience from the comfort of your own home. It's also an excellent choice for gamers as it's compatible with Nvidia's G-Sync and AMD's FreeSync Premium, and it supports variable refresh rate.

Read more
These 43-inch 4K TVs are under $200 at Walmart
Hisense 4K TV on a cabinet.

Walmart has two TV deals that can get you a 43-inch TV for under $200. The 43-inch Onn 4K TV, originally priced at $198, is even cheaper at just $178 following a $20 discount, while the 43-inch Hisense R6 Series 4K TV, which usually costs $289, is all the way down to $195 for savings of $94. If you're on a tight budget but you want a new 4K TV for your living room or bedroom, you can't go wrong with either of these options. You'll need to act quick though, as there's no telling how much time is remaining before these offers expire. We highly recommend making your choice and proceeding with the purchase immediately.
43-inch Onn 4K TV -- $178, was $198

43-inch Hisense R6 Series 4K TV -- $195, was $289

Read more