Screen size, picture quality drive TV purchases

June 18, 2018
According to the NPD Group, as U.S. consumers look to update their TV sets, increasing the size and picture quality are the top driving forces ...

According to the NPD Group, as U.S. consumers look to update their TV sets, increasing the size and picture quality are the top driving forces. Of the consumers who purchased a 4K/UltraHD TV to replace an existing TV set, 45% reported buying their new set because they wanted a larger screen, 39% for better picture quality, and 24% purchased because pricing became more affordable.

The number of consumers who reported replacing an existing TV set with a 4K/UltraHD TV grew from 23% in November 2017 to 28% in February 2018. Desire for a modern, high-quality TV in the living room has been a primary factor in the increase in demand for 4K/UltraHD, as 62% of 4K/UltraHD replacement TVs purchased were installed in the living room.

"Approximately 90% of the installed base of TVs in the U.S. is not yet 4K/UHD, meaning there is tremendous opportunity to accelerate the replacement cycle with updated, quality TVs," said Stephen Baker, vice president, industry advisor for the NPD Group. "Screen size and picture quality are driving consumer purchase decisions, instead of price, which seems to indicate that the industry has been slow to address the shifting value proposition of the TV in the home."

In the 12 months ending February 2018, TV sales of 55-inch and larger screens have grown by 8%, now representing one-third of U.S. unit sales volume. Many of these big screen purchases are being made to replace smaller screens in the home - most notably in the living room. According to NPD, the average size of a replacement TV intended for the living room was 52 inches. For all other household rooms, the average replacement TV screen size is 43 inches.

"While the number of installed TVs per U.S. household has shrunk slightly in recent years, consumers are continuing to spend on the primary TV in their home, upgrading it to the biggest screen and the best picture they can afford," said Baker. "Despite the fact that content viewership is splintering among devices, it's important to note that demand for a great TV to occupy a prominent position in home is not diminishing."

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