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Sales of 4K TVs in the United Kingdom expected to grow by 500% in 2015

by on February 18, 2015
 

Stephan Jukic – February 18, 2015

The U.S isn’t the only country where 4K ultra HD TVs are rapidly becoming more popular with consumers. The U.K is also seeing its own upswing in purchases of the UHD TVs with 4 times the resolution of Full HD.

And in 2015, this upswing could go still further with a current estimation that by the end of the year, at least 1 million of the TVs will be sold to UK consumers. In a country with a population of roughly 60 million, this predicted sales figure is even more impressive than that of the 1 million 4K TVs already sold in the U.S.A, with its population of 316 million, in 2014. Then on the other hand, expected 4K TV sales in 2015 for the U.S market are also supposed to jump up enormously to reach 4 million units by year’s end.

These increases in both countries are only two parts of a much broader worldwide trend of increasing ultra HD TV purchases. In 2014, between 7 and 10 million of these TVs were sold worldwide (conflicting figures are emerging) but predictions from various technology industry players are putting the expected sales figure for this new year to reach or even exceed 16 million.

The International CES in 2015 has placed 4K TV more into the international spotlight than ever before and this is helping boost sales worldwide

The International CES in 2015 has placed 4K TV more into the international spotlight than ever before and this is helping boost sales worldwide

Moving back to the U.K itself though, the verdict of 1 million units going out to buyers in 2015 comes to us courtesy of GfK’s Nigel Catlow, who was recently addressing the SES Ultra HD Conference in London and courtesy of the website ERTonline.co.uk, which is a trade publication that covers electrical and electronic retail news in the United Kingdom. In fact, ERT is claiming that the number of 4K TVs sold will also further bloom to as many as 3.5 million over the next three years.

GfK expects that 1 million TVs will leave the shelves in 2015 and that this figure will represent about 10 to 15% of total TV sales in the country.

In 2014, the number of TVs sold to UK consumers was roughly 200,000, so the predictions by ERT and GfK amount to a stunning 500% growth in sales over a single year. Given how fast 4K resolution is taking the place of HD as the dominant top-end pixel standard on display devices and cameras, that 500% growth figure doesn’t sound extraordinarily implausible.

Story by 4k.com

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