FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/22/2019
Expert Analysts and Executives to Share Insights in TV Market Roundtable at SID/DSCC Business Conference
Campbell, CA and Austin, TX -
The TV Market Roundtable at the Society for Information Display (SID) and Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) Business Conference on Monday, May 13th during DisplayWeek at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center will feature some of the most respected analysts of the TV market sharing their perspectives on technology and market developments. Business Conference attendees will get a comprehensive perspective on the TV market in both the USA and the world.
TV remains by far the largest and most important application in the display industry, and the engine of technology developments to enhance the viewing experience. TV is the battleground for technologies and features: LCD vs. OLED, quantum dots vs. advanced phosphors, performance vs. styling. It is also the battleground for major brands across a range of price points from under $100 to more than $10,000.
The TV Roundtable will feature short presentations by several analysts, and then a question and answer session featuring these distinguished experts, who combined represent almost 150 years of experience in TVs and related industries:
- Bob O'Brien, Co-Founder and President, DSCC
- Stephen Baker, VP, Technology Industry Analyst, The NPD Group
- Paul Gagnon, Executive Director, IHS Markit
- Chris Chinnock, Executive Director, 8K Association
- Chris Larson, Senior Vice President, TCL North America
Bob O'Brien has more than 30 years of experience in TV and display development and market intelligence at Philips, LG.Philips Displays, Corning, and DSCC. Bob’s experience spans the gamut of display technologies for TV: LCD, PDP, CRT, and projection. Bob will bring DSCC’s unique insights from our Advanced TV Cost Report and extensive knowledge of the display industry.
Stephen Baker offers expert insight and commentary to clients and the media about technology sales and trends across the U.S. and regionally. His perspectives cover retail and ecommerce, computer hardware and peripherals, holiday and yearly sales results, and analysis of new products and their impact on the technology market.
Stephen has been tracking and analyzing the industry for 20 years. He was ranked a leading industry analyst by Ad Week's Technology Marketing. He is quoted extensively in industry publications such as TWICE, CNET, and CE Daily, and in business and news publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, Business Week, and The San Jose Mercury News. He has appeared on CNBC, Fox News, and CNN and presented and served on panels at industry events such as Electronics Retail Summit, Retail Vision, CES and E3.
He began his career at Staples in 1985, helping to open the first office superstore in the U.S. He spent nine years with the company, where he gained extensive knowledge and understanding of retail and the office supplies and consumer technology industries.
Mr. Paul Gagnon is the Executive Director of Analysis & Research for Consumer Electronics and Smart Home at IHS Markit Technology. Mr. Gagnon leads the Consumer Electronics research group, which includes TVs, Smartphones, Mobile PC, Digital Signage and Smart Home. Mr. Gagnon has been deeply involved in studying the TV industry for more than 18 years and led the TV research team for more than 7 years.
Mr. Gagnon joined IHS Markit in November 2014, when IHS acquired DisplaySearch, a leader in primary research and forecasting on the global display market. At DisplaySearch, he served as the director of global TV research as well as senior analyst for North America. He has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, with expertise in TV market tracking, forecasting, and analysis, as well as consulting and conferences. Mr. Gagnon has been cited as an industry expert in numerous publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Consumer Reports and USA Today. Mr. Gagnon has also worked on the CE manufacturing side with Hitachi Home Electronics America, as well as the retail side of the industry with Circuit City.
Chris Chinnock is the founder and president of Insight Media as well as Executive Director of the 8K Association. His areas of focus include the 4K and 8K ecosystems, laser displays, 3D displays, advanced imaging technology (HDR, HFR, WCG) and emerging technologies and products. His clients are in the broadcast, cinema, ProAV and display industries.
The 8K Association (8KA) was founded in January 2019 by TV brands Hisense, Panasonic, Samsung and TCL, and panel supplier AUO. The 8KA exists to promote 8K TVs and 8K content to consumers and professionals, develop initial technical requirements for 8K input signals, encourage service providers to develop 8K offerings, and educate professionals and consumers about the 8K ecosystem.
Chris Larson serves as senior vice president of TCL North America, where he leads the company’s brand and marketing efforts. As a 25-year veteran of the consumer electronics business, Larson joined TCL in 2014 and has led the team responsible for creating the fastest growing TV brand in North America for the last three years. Prior to TCL, Larson held several senior leadership positions at Toshiba.
As TCL strives to be America’s preferred consumer electronics brand in North America, Larson continues to leverage the assets of a highly vertically integrated manufacturer and its massive volume capabilities. In addition to television where TCL is one of the top three brands today, TCL has large ambitions to leverage that success in adjacent businesses, such as home audio, portable audio, mobile handsets, home appliances, and other related goods, bringing them to the North America market.
Chris can share insights into TCL’s recent surge in the US TV market. TCL recently reported that its sales of TVs in North America increased 112% Y/Y in Q1 of 2019. While TCL reports sell-in numbers, they made clear that this was not just stuffing the channel, quoting NPD sell-through data indicating that TCL was #1 or #2 in weekly sales units for six consecutive weeks in the first quarter.
To understand the display industry, one needs to understand TVs. There will be no better forum for understanding what is driving the TV market than the TV market roundtable at the SID/DSCC Business Conference.
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About Display Week 2019
The 56th Display Week, presented by the Society for Information Display (SID), will take place May 12-17 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. Display Week is the world's leading event focused on emerging electronic display and visual information technologies from concept to market. Display Week attracts attendees from the entire ecosystem of R&D, engineering, design, manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, sales and financial, as well as commercial and consumer end-user markets. It delivers unparalleled learning opportunities, market-moving trends, sourcing, roadmaps-to-market, and connections for career and business growth. For more information on Display Week 2019, visit www.displayweek.org or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @DisplayWeek (hashtag #DisplayWeek19), Instagram @siddisplayweek or the Display Week YouTube Channel.
The Society for Information Display (SID) is the only professional organization focused on the electronic display and visual information technology industries. In fact, by exclusively focusing on the advancement of electronic display and visual information technologies, SID provides a unique platform for industry collaboration, communication and training in all related technologies while showcasing the industry's best new products. The organization's members are professionals in the technical and business disciplines that relate to display research, design, manufacturing, applications, marketing and sales. To promote industry and academic technology development, while also educating consumers on the importance of displays, SID hosts more than 10 conferences a year, including Display Week, which brings industry and academia all under one roof to showcase technology that will shape the future. SID's global headquarters are located at 1475 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 114, Campbell, CA 95008. For more information, visit www.sid.org
Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) was formed by experienced display market analysts from throughout the display supply chain and delivers valuable insights through consulting, syndicated reports and events. The company has offices in the US, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the UK. DSCC is on the web at www.displaysupplychain.com and can be reached in the US at email@example.com.