HDR Compatible Set Sales Bigger than HDR says IHS Markit

IHS Markit has said that HDR TV shipments will reach more than 4 million units in 2016 and growth to more than 30 million units by 2020. However, the market for HDR-compatible TVs, defined as any sets compatible with basic HDR formats but using standard dynamic range displays, will be as much as four times larger. By 2020, IHS Markit expects that nearly all of the 112 million 4K TVs shipped worldwide will be compatible with HDR, but only 30% will have true HDR performance capabilities.

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Worldwide demand for 4K TVs continues to grow even though total TV shipments will decline slightly in 2016. The lack of unit volume growth in the total market and continuous price erosion, especially for categories like 4K, is a concern for TV manufacturers and retailers. New display technologies like HDR hold promise for improving ASPs and profits, but only if the technology and its benefits are communicated well to consumers.

“As with many new technologies in the TV market, the ability to introduce them to consumers in a way that communicates the value is crucial to achieving lasting premiums and profits,” said Paul Gagnon, director of TV sets research for IHS Technology. “In the case of HDR, only some sets have enhanced display performance that can allow the consumer to see the benefit, while the rest will have little discernable difference to consumers, who may become confused about the value of HDR as a result.”

Standard dynamic range, or SDR, TVs will shrink rapidly as a segment within the UltraHD TV market, but remain the only choice for HD and 1080p resolution TVs IHS believes, as HDR benefits are featured primarily with 4K content. The 4K TV market is growing quickly from 55 million units in 2016 to more than 100M units by 2019, achieving 100% share of 50″ and larger TV shipments by 2019. As with many new TV technologies like 4K, HDR is featured in larger screen sizes where the additional costs are supported by larger premiums. More than 80% of HDR TV shipments will come from 50″ and larger screen sizes.

Analyst Comment

I was suprised to see the comment that IHS made that HDR benefits are mainly with UltraHD content. The EBU and Ericsson, among others, have made the strong point that 1080P also looks better in HDR and that 1080P with HDR looks better in many cases than UltraHD with SDR. (BR)