TV sales booming

Which do you have more of? People in your home or TV sets in your home?

Australians own an average of 2.4 television sets, a figure that is expected to rise to 3.1.

In contrast, the number of residents per household will shrink to just 2.4 people by next year, according to the Bureau of Statistics. That will mean more TV sets per home than people.

Sales of televisions larger than 40 inches recorded 75 per cent growth in the past year, with 140,000 sold in the six weeks before the Socceroos’ opening round World Cup match against Germany on June 13, according to analysis by the industry research group, GfK.

Last year Australians bought 2.7 million televisions, with LCD units outselling plasmas by a ratio of 3.5 to one.

46 inch to 50inch televisions are now considered the norm.

Compared with the cathode-ray televisions, which were kept for an average of 10 years, flat-screen TVs were being updated about every five years

Source: smh.com.au

22 Responses

  1. Actually, Hmm, our tv reception was much better 10 years ago. And we get too many dropouts/pixellating on digital to bother using it for recording. Not all areas get good reception, and that was confirmed by the aerial expert we got out to try and improve it. Hope it improves once the signal is boosted when analogue is turned off. Otherwise a lot of people are going to have issues. At least with analogue you still had something to watch/listen to even when the reception wasn’t great.

    We also can’t afford to lay out hundreds or thousands of dollars to replace items that are still doing their job.

  2. Yep, I’m with the rest of you Luddites 🙂 I’m not forking out bux for a TV that will just show me how non-HD everything is when my trusty CRT still gives a crisper high-contrast picture.

    I have an HD box and watch HD channels down-scaled to SD which makes overseas sport such as Le Tour very watchable.

    I’m hoping that SED tech will be mature by the time my TV dies and can have the best bits of both CRTs and thin-screens.

  3. plasma’s use way too much power and are much heavier plus nowhere near the quality of lcd, I think its 8000 hrs on average for plasma and 12,000 hrs for lcd before screen burning starts to set in. Also never leave the screen paused for a period of time because it can also cause screen burning

  4. 5 people, 4 TVs
    42″ Panasonic plasma in the lounge, connected to a Panasonic Blu-ray player (which I got free via a Panasonic promotion last December).
    Another 26″ Panasonic CRT in my parents’ room.
    A 26″ CRT in the second bedroom.
    A 22″ Sony CRT in the kitchen.

  5. 2 x plasmas ( 42″ + 50″ )
    1 x MyStar HD PVR
    1x Topfield SD PVR
    2 x Blu Ray Player
    1 x DVD player
    2 x recievers
    1 x CRT ……..packed back in its box probably never to see the light of day again.

  6. 3 people 6 tvs

    2 HD LCDs

    2 LG 137cm rear projections 1 connected to a hd digital box and the other connected to a panasonic twin hd dvd recorder with 250gb harddrive

    1 older plasma connected to another panasonic twin hd dvd recorder with 250gb haddrive

    1 old panasonic 68cm crt which is only used for a playstation tv

    wont be replacing the rear projections untill they die if the crt dies then will just connect the playstation to one of the other tvs

  7. Love this website for all the different points of view on every TV topic. We have a 68cm CRT Philips TV that we have had for about 15 years and is still going strong (knock on wood) and a Sanyo 32cm CRT TV in the bedroom which we brought a couple years ago as the price was to good to pass up and this was replacing a CRT which my husband had for 20 years, so I am glad I am not the only one still enjoying CRT viewing. Mum has a Samsung 68cm CRT which is about 4 years old and great picture quality.

    Don’t get me wrong the LCD’s and Plasma’s are great but will wait until our others go to TV set heaven before replacing them.

  8. I still have my trusty LG 59cm flat screen CRT which i bought in 2001 hooked up to a sd stb. I have looked at broadcast tv on friends lcd sets and can honestly say it looks better on my set, the only drawback being its not in widescreen. I guess its partly a matter or different people having different viewing preferences/eyes or from what i have heard, the hd broadcasting is a bit crap ;p So the only reason i will be getting an Lcd set (sometime pretty soon due to the cheap prices) is so i can watch my dvds with a larger widescreen picture. I figure i may as well keep the crt and use it for broadcast viewing, its just a matter of finding the space for it, oh and lifting 50kg :/

  9. 1 person, 3 TVs.
    1 x 42″ LG plasma
    2 x 32″ Samsung LCDs

    All connected via AV Sender to a single dual-tuner Panasonic PVR/DVD/USB player.

    42″ connected to Sony DVD 5.1 home theatre.

    1 32″ also connected to PC as an extended computer monitor for watching DivX.

    Will soon be upgrading the 42″ to whatever the biggest Samsung LCD or LED is at the time.

  10. I got a 32inch LG LCD just under 3 years ago, it’s been repaired recently (good thing it had a 3 year warranty) Back then it cost $1100, today they can be bought for a little over half that when on sale.

    I’ve see some HD Plasmas going for $499. They may not come down much more but you’re likely to get more for your money.

  11. With the seemingly endless revenue the masses provide for TV manufacturers, I’m surprised their planned obsolescence model and intentionally faulty engineering is as generous to allow a five year lifetime. I’m sure people would put up with three, or even two years life from their gadgets.

    I see no need to abandon reliable CRT technology, since it suits my preference for previous generation gaming platforms which look hideous on LCD and Plasma, not to mention HD not being able to increase my viewing pleasure in any great way. Especially since the craze for LCD and Plasma has allowed me to cheapely procure top range CRT sets for next to nothing.

  12. Just bought a 42″ LCD Full HD and very happy with it so far, apart from very little actually being broadcast in HD. I’m certainly not planning on shelling out over 1100 bucks again for a TV for more than 5 years…

  13. @ Katrina says “and hopefully LCD/new fandangled tv will be better and cheaper by then”

    In 1991 I bought a Panasinic 68cm CRT TV on special for $1949. Today for that money you can easily get a full HD 106cm or larger Plasma. I really can’t see them getting much cheaper, unless you go to one of those brands you’ve never heard of before.

  14. my LCD has gone to the dogs after just 4 years so had to buy another one – thats why we will be buying more – they wont last 5 years!!! so your bravia will be lucky to get there mikey

  15. 4 people, 5 tvs. All cathode-rays, 2 small and old, 3 more recent (widescreens). And no plan to update to LCD/plasma until they die (and hopefully LCD/new fandangled tv will be better and cheaper by then). Personally I think updating all the time is wasteful, both money and environment wise. We love our widescreen cathode-ray tvs.

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