Due to significant losses at
Sony, the company has decided to suspend development of OLED TVs and
instead is pushing forward with UHDTV production.
currently the leading seller of 4K TVs globally.
— There was a time when
Sony, in a joint venture with Panasonic, touted OLED television as
the next generation of super sharp viewing experiences. The companies
stated goal in 2012 was to establish mass-production technology for
organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels by 2013. Eighteen months
later, Panasonic dropped out, stating its intention to focus on UHDTV
(4K) television production.
Now, according to the Nikkei Asian
Review website, due to significant losses at Sony (in its latest
earnings report, the company reported a net loss of $1.246 billion
during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014), Sony too has decided
to suspend development of OLED TVs and instead is pushing forward
with UHDTV production—as it represents the best potential for sales
(The CEA predicts more than one million UHDTV sets sold by the end of
OLED televisions can be as thin as
4 millimeters (0.16 inches) and produce sharper images than current
liquid-crystal-display (LCD) models. Shipments of OLED TVs were
predicted to grow to 2.1 million sets in 2015 from 34,000 in 2012,
according to Englewood, Colorado-based market research firm iSuppli.
The Nikkei Asian Review said Sony
has not seen significant sales for its OLED TVs, while it is the
leading seller of 4K TVs globally; accounting for more than 20
percent of all shipments in 2013. Sony will introduce eight new UHDTV
TVs this year, more than double the number of last year, and hopes to
quadruple sales this fiscal year. This means that 4K will make up
40-50 percent of Sony's total lineup of large flat-panel TVs,
compared with the 10-20 percent ratio of its last business year.
Sony will reportedly now reassign
employees working on OLED technology at its Atsugi Technology Center
to work on development of 4K-related products. At the same time,
Nikkei Asian Review said, the company, responding to its dire
financial state, will begin to cut costs in order to turn its TV
business around. That includes plans to slash labor expenses for
consumer electronics products by more than 20