iSupply Predicts Sharp Rise in 3D TV Shipments

Paul Lilly

It would have been hard to imagine just a few short years ago that 3D in the home would suddenly take off overnight, but that's exactly what appears to be happening. According to market research firm iSuppli, global 3D TV shipments will reach 4.2 million units in 2010, and that's just the beginning.

Early adopters and increased traction are cited as reasons for the sector's explosive growth, and as iSuppli tells it, 3D TV shipments will more than triple to 12.9 million units in 2011. After that, you can expect the 3D TV market to double to 27.4 million units in 2012, and by 2015, shipments will reach 78.1 million units, rising at a CAGR of 80.2 percent from 2010.

Those are impressive numbers, though just a fraction of the overall TV market. Shipments of all types of LCD TVs are on pace to hit 170 million units this year, while LED backlit sets will see shipments of 26 million units.

Of course, hardware is only part of the equation. Content providers are preparing for the explosive growth, and already ESPN has talked up plans to launch the world's first 3D network. Disney and Sony, meanwhile, both have announced 3D Blu-ray releases for 2010.

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