The global unit-share of smart TVs rose from 45 per cent of total TV shipments in 2015 to 64 per cent in 2017. It is expected to reach 70 per cent of all TV shipments in 2018. Global TV shipments are recovering in 2018, due to increased price erosion from declining LCD TV panel prices, with shipments rising 3.5 per cent to 223 million units, according to IHS Markit
“Global growth is expected in all regions this year, and positive annual unit growth is forecast to continue during the buildup toward the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo,” said Paul Gagnon, research and analysis executive director, IHS Markit. “The rise of streaming video availability worldwide, especially for special events like the World Cup and Olympics, along with continued growth for global streaming video services, have encouraged strong growth in smart TV sales in recent years.”
Consumers increasingly consider streaming to be a basic TV function of comparable importance to off-air broadcast reception. Streaming remains the only way to access UHD content for most consumers, with smart TV reinforcing the value of 4K resolution screens, which are now being sold at mass-market prices. At the same time, the effect of government-imposed mandatory interactivity for TV services in Brazil and Argentina has boosted Latin America into the top three global regions for smart TV adoption.
“The increased availability and integration of Amazon Alexa, Google Home and other popular digital voice assistants will further increase demand for smart TVs in 2018 and beyond,” Gagnon said. “Streaming video is also the most common way for consumers to view 4K content while broadcast and pay TV options are limited, further fuelling smart TV adoption.”
Android is currently the most popular smart TV operating system platform, including both the full Android TV implementation and modified versions used by many Chinese TV brands. IHS Markit expects Android will continue to gain share through 2022, as a common third-party platform with native support for Google Home. Proprietary smart TV platforms from Samsung (Tizen) and LG Electronics (WebOS) are the second- and third-most popular smart TV operating system platforms.