Nearly 10 million projectors shipped last year, with strong gains in both the US and Canada
2011 was a good year for home theater projectors. Nearly 10 million were shipped and a good chunk of that came from "New Era" projectors - those below 500 lumens.
In 2010, 1.1 million of these New Era projectors shipped out - not a bad number, but small compared to the 1.8 million that hit shelves in 2011. Ultra-short throw and interactive projectors also increased by nearly 50% thanks to growth in the US and Western Europe.
High-end projectors outperformed the mainstream market - nothing surprising there. Digital cinema projectors hit 30,000 shipped in the fourth quarter of 2011, which brought the total for the year to 70,000.
Mainstream projectors, meanwhile, did fine overseas. France, Spain and Russia were among the leading buyers in this category.
Source: Big Picture Big Sound