Samsung owns 90% of 3D TV market

Posted by Mike Luttrell

Of the estimated 300,000 3D TV sets that have been sold worldwide, 270,000 have been Samsung units, leaving other powerful companies to fight for the remaining scraps.

The sales numbers are being reported by Chosun, a newspaper based in South Korea where Samsung is headquartered. Even before the advent of new stereoscopic 3D TV sets, Samsung was the top seller of flat-panel HDTVs, but that was with an 18% market share in a highly competitive market.

The 3D arena, though, is still largely untapped, and Samsung is the only major player so far. It was the first in the world to launch a TV with the new format, in March, and it has already expanded its lineup with a new series of 3D LED sets.

Samsung is the only company that has been open about its 3D TV sales numbers. Although the only companies have not reported 3D sales, it is likely that Panasonic is in second place. With its focus on plasma sets, it currently offers the cheapest 3D TVs on the market.

LG is the only other company with a 3D set available at the moment, but its sales are estimated to be in the low thousands. Sony and Mitsubishi, among others, are still finalizing their 3D TV release plans.