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42-inch LED HDTVs to Drop Below $400 Mark

IHS noted that the "the 4.9 percent contraction in LCD TV panel pricing was the steepest in at least 12 months" and was the second month in a row when prices declined by more than four percent. IHS said there was no reason to believe that the price decline would not have continued in October.

 "Slumping demand in Western Europe and North America are primarily to blame for the poor performance of LCD TV panels," said Sweta Dash, senior director for liquid crystal displays research at IHS. "Given the already faltering economies of those regions and the threat of a double-dip recession looming, global LCD TV shipments continue to suffer, impacting the TV panel market especially hard."

To counter the demand problem, panel manufacturers apparently offered "very aggressive prices for the forthcoming Black Friday and Christmas holiday buying season in the United States and Europe" which are more than likely used by LCD TV vendors to bring TV prices down in a cut-throat competitive market environment.

IHS said that September pricing for 40- and 42-inch LCD TV panels fell by $10 to $15 on average and was down about 5 percent for 46- and 47-inch panels. The firm believes that the price reductions will enable TV vendors to offer 42-inch LED TVs for less than $400 during the Black Friday buying frenzy.

  • yyk71200
    My old SONY is dying. Definitely will be looking for one for Black Friday.
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  • CaedenV
    Still rocking 480P on my old tube 'hd' TV in the living room. Anything demanding is watched on the computer, which has a decent 27" at 3-4' away which is plenty big screen for my wife and I. I'm debating about either a 1080p projector for a true big screen experience, or waiting for 4K or 8K screens to come out in a few years.
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  • LuckyDucky7
    So... when do we get 42-inch monitors?
    I should pick up a couple for my gaming rig.
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  • rawful
    Wow, a Samsung tattoo on the woman that is showing off (or creepily caressing) a Samsung TV which is displaying another Samsung TV. Isn't that just a little overboard?
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  • borisof007
    So wait, this article keeps going on about LED TV's, so is Black Friday going to offer 42" LED TV's for less than $400 or LCD TV's for that price? Just trying to clarify since LED kind of came out of no where in the article.
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  • gmcizzle
    yyk71200My old SONY is dying. Definitely will be looking for one for Black Friday.Yeah my old Sony TV died within a couple years too. Sony makes great audio stuff but their TVs are junk.
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  • borisof007
    rawfulWow, a Samsung tattoo on the woman that is showing off (or creepily caressing) a Samsung TV which is displaying another Samsung TV. Isn't that just a little overboard?
    Yo dawg, we heard you like Samsung....
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  • Chef_Boyardee
    rawfulWow, a Samsung tattoo on the woman that is showing off (or creepily caressing) a Samsung TV which is displaying another Samsung TV. Isn't that just a little overboard?Egad. She has one on her hand too.
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  • acadia11
    Fk Black friday, I'm ot buying isht in this commercial axx holiday!
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  • gm0n3y
    rawfulWow, a Samsung tattoo on the woman that is showing off (or creepily caressing) a Samsung TV which is displaying another Samsung TV. Isn't that just a little overboard?Two tattoos actually (chest / hand).

    On topic, I think the market is pretty saturated at this point. Anyone that actually cares about having new tech already has a decent 40"+ TV. The initial rush for everyone to buy a new LCD to replace their CRT has finished and now people are back to buying on a more normal cycle, which for TVs is a lot longer than the rest of the electronics industry. Add in that everyone and their mom bought a new TV in the last 5 years and there is bound to be a slump until those TVs start to wear out.
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