Sunday, December 30, 2007
Sony discontinue with rear rear-projection TV
Sony said on Thursday it would stop making rear-projection televisions, becoming the latest company to distance itself from a technology once seen as a promising rival of LCD and plasma displays in the flat-TV marke., it was dropping its money-losing rear-projection TV business worldwide to focus on flat-panel technologies.
In October, Sony lowered its global sales forecast for rear-projection TVs, which use a projector to create images on large screens, to 400,000 from 700,000, which is down from 1.1 million the previous fiscal year.
By contrast, Sony expects to sell 10 million liquid-crystal-display TVs this fiscal year through March, up from 6.3 million the previous year.
Earlier this month, Sony began selling an 11-inch TV that uses a relatively new but expensive flat-panel technology called organic light-emitting diode. The set, called the XEL-1, measures just 3 millimeters, or 0.12 inches, thick and delivers clear, vivid images.