The pocket-sized projectors and laser TVs, or rear-projection TVs
, are estimated to help boost Asia Optical's revenue for the last quarter and this quarter by 40%, respectively.
In the flat-panel market, LCD TVs were previously considered suitable for small to midsize screens, plasma TVs for large screens, and rear-projection TVs
for very large screens.
Wal-Mart, which does not break out category sales, saw its biggest electronics gains in HDTV, including rear-projection TVs
, LCDs, and plasma and digital tube televisions, according to a company spokeswoman.
Some manufacturers are beginning to recognize that thin is in and are reacting by slimming down their rear-projection TVs
. Sean Wargo, director of industry analysis at the CEA, said that he has seen rear-projection TVs
down to nearly 6 inches thick.
The company also deepened its offering of high-resolution, rear-projection TVs
. Retailers can expect a rollout later this year of rear-projection models in 46, 50, 56 and 61 inches.
Falling prices for electronics - especially large-screen direct-view as well as rear-projection TVs
- have spurred consumer interest at all income levels.
Two 52-inch rear-projection TVs
and a 35-inch direct-view model make up the 50 Series.