3D, Connectivity and TV Supply Chain Among Topics to be Addressed at DisplaySearch's Upcoming TV Ecosystem Conference

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DisplaySearch's TV Ecosystem Conference: After the Digital Transition - Finding the Next Big Thing taking place on September 2 in San Jose, California

With the transition from analog to digital broadcasting complete, and the conversion from CRT and rear projection to flat panel well underway, the TV market is without a doubt entering a more mature phase marked by slower growth. In these times, it becomes increasingly critical for leading organizations and individuals across the TV supply chain to come together to share their insight, knowledge and experiences in order to ensure continued growth for the future. Building upon its proven track record of organizing world class TV industry conferences, DisplaySearch's TV Ecosystem Conference: After the Digital Transition - Finding the Next Big Thing taking place on September 2 in San Jose, California will provide a forum for engaging presentations and panels to spark further discussion about keeping innovation and profitable growth alive.

"The global economic situation seems to be improving, and so has demand for TVs," noted Paul Gagnon, DisplaySearch Director of North America TV Research. "Despite this, there are still pitfalls to the recovery and uncertainty as to its profitable sustainability. The TV Ecosystem Conference will address what is happening in the TV industry now, some near-term obstacles, and the direction the TV ecosystem should take in the next three to five years. The conference will focus on how new forms of content, connectivity and technology could drive renewed growth for hardware and influence product development decisions for years to come."

Hot industry topics to be discussed at the TV Ecosystem Conference include

  • Assessing the State of the TV Supply Chain

LCD panel prices are on the rise, and expected to continue rising for near-term before stabilizing towards Q4'09. Many questions remain unanswered, such as "How high will prices go?", "How is supply expected to change?" and "How will rising prices affect demand?".

  • What Are the Next Big Features for the TV Industry?

What new future features and design requirements will shape tomorrow's TV architecture and what are the implications for system engineers and designers? Is the move towards architecture simplification and cost reduction compatible with handling increasing content variety and a more central role for the TV in the home? New features like streaming video playback, LED backlights and 3D will require changes in TV architecture.

  • Connectivity

With the prevalence of downloadable and streaming content, as well as wireless and wired HD connections, the TV is connected to many new devices. What is the future of streaming and downloadable content? How does the PC fit into this mix, if at all? Are wireless solutions ready for prime time?

  • 3D TVs

As TVs become a commodity, many wonder what the next big application is. 3D is gaining attention both in movies and gaming and has the potential to breathe new life into the TV market. While standards for 3D are still in early development stage, there are still many unanswered questions. What hardware is required? Will content be available to drive demand?

The TV Ecosystem Conference on September 2, 2009 in San Jose, California will address how stronger-than-expected demand in the first half of 2009 has created a tight supply situation as panel makers struggle to recover profits and fill orders. As a result, rapidly rising panel prices pose a challenge for many throughout the supply chain. Set manufacturers and retailers are just beginning to see better profit margins, but that could be wiped out in short order do to soaring production costs. This dynamic event will feature presentations from display and TV manufacturers, brand vendors, semiconductor designers, retailers/channel participants, content developers and wireless/connectivity providers--providing a forum for discussing growth drivers in the TV market.

Confirmed speakers include Corning, Intel, Sigma Designs, Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI), DLNA, Rovi, Digital Media Directions and HDMI.

During the week of the TV Ecosystem Conference, each attendee will also have the opportunity to have a complimentary one-on-one meeting with Paul Gagnon, DisplaySearch Director of North American TV Research. Please contact Laura Castellano at laura_castellano(at)displaysearch.com to set up a time on Tuesday, September 1 or Thursday, September 3.

This is part of the DisplaySearch's Fall Conference Series, taking place September 1-3 in San Jose, California. The series also includes these one-day conferences covering the display industry's hottest market segments:

  • Digital Signage Conference: Flat Panel Displays Go Out-of-Home, Tuesday September 1, 2009
  • Emerging Display Technologies Conference: Innovation for the Next Wave of Growth, Thursday, September 3, 2009

Receive a 20% discount on your registration fee is you register for more than one of our Fall Conferences!

For more information about these conferences and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura Castellano at 1.408.226.1101 or laura_castellano(at)displaysearch.com. Media interested in attending the conferences should contact Stacey Voorhees-Harmon at 1.925.336.9592 or stacey(at)savvypublicrelations.net.

About DisplaySearch
DisplaySearch, an NPD Group Company, has a core team of 57 employees, located in Europe, North America and Asia, who produce a valued suite of FPD-related market forecasts, technology assessments, surveys, studies and analyses. Visit the DisplaySearch blog to read about how our top analysts are interpreting up-to-the-minute issues that impact the display industry, and join us in this discussion about technology and the flat panel industry. The company also organizes influential events worldwide. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, DisplaySearch has regional operations in Chicago, Houston, Kyoto, London, San Diego, San Jose, Seoul, Shenzhen, Taipei and Tokyo, and the company is on the web at http://www.displaysearch.com/.

About The NPD Group, Inc.
The NPD Group is the leading provider of reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,700 manufacturers, retailers, and service companies rely on NPD to help them drive critical business decisions at the global, national, and local market levels. NPD helps our clients to identify new business opportunities and guide product development, marketing, sales, merchandising, and other functions. Information is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, commercial technology, consumer technology, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home, office supplies, software, sports, toys, and wireless. For more information, contact us or visit http://www.npd.com/ and http://www.npdgroupblog.com/. Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/npdtech and http://www.twitter.com/npdgroup.

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