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HDTVs More Expensive Now Than Over the Last 2 Years

The average U.S. retail price of a flat panel TV was $1,224 in the second quarter of the year, up from $1,190 in Q1 and up from $1,124 in Q2 of last year.

“The climb in U.S. flat-panel TV prices is attributed to market gains in retail among new sets sporting advanced technologies, such as 3-D, integrated interactivity and light-emitting diode (LED) backlight technology used in LCD TV sets,” said Edward Border, analyst for TV technology at IHS. “Consumers also are buying a larger portion of sets with Web 2.0 features characteristic of Smart TVs. Moreover, some large-sized television models in both the LCD and plasma categories increased their share, contributing to overall growth in pricing.”

30.9 percent of TVs currently available at retail are now 3D sets, up from 27.8 percent in Q1. Smart TVs are up from 40.9 percent to 44.3 percent. LED TVs now have a share of 63.5 percent, up from 59.2 percent, IHS said.

The most popular size for LCD TVs is 46 inches, which now has a 12.2 percent share. For plasma TVs, the size with the greatest share is 50 inch (23.8 percent). Interestingly, below-42-inch screen sizes saw their retail prices increase on average, while the generally popular 32-inch models dropped to new lows. The average 32-inch TV sold for $435 in Q2, down from $495 in Q1. 42-inch models are currently priced at about $761.

Smart TVs saw significant price increases. Average pricing in June fell to $1,907 from $2,015 in May, but it was up significantly compared to $1,724 in June last year.

  • JohnnyLucky
    I can't keep up with all the new features. Don't care much for 3D - hurts my eyes.
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  • dgingeri
    There's another reason for the prices to be going up: the US Dollar isn't worth as much as it was to the rest of the world. The decreasing value of the US Dollar is causing the prices of all sorts of imports to rise.
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  • ZuluCharlie
    Look on craigslist, I got 60" samsung LED 240hz smart tv for 800.00 - Felt bad for the guy, gave him my old 32" and the 800 he was asking for since he lost his job.
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  • southernshark
    How can the "Average" price be over $1100?

    This data can't be right, when you consider the large selection sold at Wal-Mart in the $300-$600 price range. The average price must be lower.
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  • cknobman
    It sucks that these TV makers are trying to force a bunch of garbage I dont give a rats rear about on me.

    All I want is a 60-70 inch LED full array w/ local dimming @120or240hz. I dont care about Smart Tv features and I certainly dont care about 3D.

    Anyone know if this mythical creature exists?
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  • RADIO_ACTIVE
    cknobmanIt sucks that these TV makers are trying to force a bunch of garbage I dont give a rats rear about on me.All I want is a 60-70 inch LED full array w/ local dimming @120or240hz. I dont care about Smart Tv features and I certainly dont care about 3D. Anyone know if this mythical creature exists?Good luck with that
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  • nocteratus
    I'm still using a 32" 720P LCD. I might upgrade to a 40" 1080P LCD/LED 120hz, no 3D and the less gadgets as possible. The next step will be a 4K2K with probably a new player that support 4K2K resolution, so it'll be a while.
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  • artk2219
    ZuluCharlieLook on craigslist, I got 60" samsung LED 240hz smart tv for 800.00 - Felt bad for the guy, gave him my old 32" and the 800 he was asking for since he lost his job.
    That was kind of you man, I'm sure he appreciated it.
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  • warmon6
    cknobmanIt sucks that these TV makers are trying to force a bunch of garbage I dont give a rats rear about on me.All I want is a 60-70 inch LED full array w/ local dimming @120or240hz. I dont care about Smart Tv features and I certainly dont care about 3D. Anyone know if this mythical creature exists?
    Not sure about diming about but samsung has 2 tv's (65" and 60") that nearly fit the bill.

    http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN65EH6050FXZA 65"

    http://www.samsung.com/us/video/tvs/UN60EH6000FXZA 60"
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  • jacobdrj
    Just bought a 720 Samsung Plasma, 42"... I am quite pleased. It is a bit dimmer than I was expecting, and it certainly scared me with some burn-in before I forced the aspect ratio... And I was SHOCKED that it had no VGA input (without an adapter) but for 400, it was a decent deal.

    Next TV will likely be a LCD, but it MUST be at LEAST 120Hz, if not 240...
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