the old I blamed my flat TV
set and bought a modestly priced sound system, but couldn't make it work
"Phil Hartman's Flat TV
was produced by Chad Stuart and recorded just before Phil joined the cast of Saturday Night Live.
Paul Gagnon, DisplaySearch's director of North American TV Research, indicated that while flat TVs
are heavily needed in emerging markets to replace traditional CRT (cathode ray tube) models, sales growth in advanced countries, where penetration rates of flat TVs
have reached over 50%, will slow down significantly in the short term.
Sony's only model is an 11-inch set sold for 200,000 yen ($2,222) in Japan, considerably smaller and more expensive than other flat TVs
. "As flat panel TVs are getting bigger and cheaper, hurdles for OLED models have become higher, at least in the short term," said Hisakazu Torii, vice president of Japanese TV market research at DisplaySearch.
The newest flat TV
produced by PT Sanken Argadwija consist of three variants in screen size--21 inches, 29 inches and 34 inches.
The new digital-ready Philips 42-inch Flat TV
is one of the first flat panel televisions to be introduced to the market.
With Panasonic, Philips and Akai now joining the flat TV
bandwagon, competition is getting stiff.
But the company, which competes with Panasonic for the position of the world's largest consumer electronics maker, said that losses on flat TVs
had narrowed in the latest quarter, bringing the business close to the break even level.
The entry of flat TV
sets into the domestic market helped revive sales especially for middle to high segment of the market.
A $15,000, 42-inch flat TV
and a $2,500 home theater/PC convergence item were among the products unveiled at a presentation here last week.
Immediately after Sony introduced flat TV
sets almost all other major producers like Toshiba, Philips, Sanyo and Samsung started producing the same type of TV sets.