All TV brands, who owns them
Televisions are one of the electronic devices that is in every home, if not several, televisions come under different brands, many companies that make or have made televisions have invested in developing new technologies and have gained the attention and reverence of users. But these days, TVs have changed a lot, and many companies simply cannot compete in the TV segment. Many companies have given up making televisions, and you should know that there are now three types of companies that make televisions:
- Companies that develop new technology and make televisions. There are very few such companies left.
- TV development and manufacturing companies, OEMs. They can also produce TVs of famous brands under an outsourcing scheme. Or they lease the right to produce TVs under a certain brand (producing TVs under license). Such companies are now the majority.
- Companies that do not make TVs, but produce their components. This mainly refers to the segment of display production. About ten companies own the most advanced display production technology.
Now, when you buy a TV of a well-known brand, it may well turn out that the company that came up with the name for their TV has actually stopped making TVs long ago, having sold their TV business along with the brand name. Or they sold the license to use the brand to another company. And you buy a TV and wonder why it’s not what it’s supposed to be, slow, with no features. Examples of such brands are Sharp, Philips, Toshiba. I will tell you in more detail in this article.
TV brands list, TV brand names list
|TV brand||Brand registration country||Who now uses the brand||Who makes TVs|
|Bang & Olufsen (B&O)||Denmark||Bang & Olufsen (B&O)||LG production, B&Q supplements|
|Continental Edison||French||Casino store||China, production discontinued in 2020|
|Blaupunkt||Germany||Aurelius AG||Production outsourcing India, China|
|Hitachi||Japan||Hitachi||has not produced TVs since 2012; the televisions are produced by Vestel and Hisense under an outsourcing scheme.|
|Huawei||China||Huawei||OEM manufacturers in China|
|Hyundai||Korea||many companies||OEM manufacturers in China|
|Insignia||US||Best Buy||Hisense China|
|Element||US||Tsinghua Tongfang||Tsinghua Tongfang China (U.S. assembly)|
|Westinghouse||US||Tsinghua Tongfang||Tsinghua Tongfang China|
|THTF||China||Tsinghua Tongfang||Tsinghua Tongfang China|
|Seiki||US||Tsinghua Tongfang||Tsinghua Tongfang China|
|JVC||Japan||Shenzhen MTC for US, Canada. Vestel for Europe||Shenzhen MTC China, Vestel Turkey|
|Konka||China||Konka Group Co., Ltd||Konka China|
|LeEco||China||LeEco Smart Ecosystem||LeEco China|
|Loewe||Germany||Skytec Group Ltd||Loewe|
|Nokia||Finland||Flipkart India Private Limited||India|
|Oppo||China||Oppo||Oppo China (BBK subsidiary)|
|Panasonic||Japan||Panasonic||TPV China, Panasonic Malaysia|
|Philips||Netherlands||TP Vision Europe: Funai US, Canada||TPV China, Funai China|
|Sceptre||US||Sceptre||China New Technology Group Co|
|Sharp||Japan||Sharp||SKYTEC UMC Management s. r. o. Slovakia|
|Skyworth||China||Skyworth||Hong Kong Skyworth Digital Holdings Co. China|
|Sony||Japan||Sony||Foxconn Taiwan, Premium TVs made by Sony Malaysia, Japan.|
|Toshiba||Japan||Compal US; Vestel Europe; Other countries Hisense||Compal Electronics, Inc. Taiwan; Vestel Turkey; Hisense China|
|Polaroid||US||Vestel Europe: Empire Electronics US||Vestel Turkey; Empire Electronics|
TV manufacturers in 2000-2022,
When they tell you the name of a brand of TV. Some TV brands you immediately recall from your childhood or have heard of TV brands before. You can read about what happened to popular TV brands and who makes them now.
Samsung TVs (best TV brands)
Samsung brand TVs – The Korean company, a leader in TV production, invests in the development of new technologies, manufactures and sells TVs under its Samsung brand. In recent years, it has been developing QLED TVs, improved LED TVs. For the past three years, there has been talk that the company is about to start producing a new generation of displays that are a mix of OLED and QLED. Meanwhile, Samsung began producing OLED TVs, in 2022, buying displays from LG.
LG TV brand (best TV brands)
LG, a company engaged in the development of new technologies and the production of televisions. It is currently, along with Samsung, one of the trendsetters and developers of new technologies. One of the most significant developments is the production of OLED screens. LG also sells its OLED screens to other manufacturers, OS is licensed to other TV manufacturers, usually OS is licensed to branded high-end TV manufacturers or Chinese manufacturers, mostly for sale within China. The televisions are of good quality, there are both expensive and budget segment models in the ranges.
LG – Who owns LG? LG Corporation is publicly traded on the London and Korean stock exchanges. Who owns LG stock? The corporation is made up of several companies. In total, about 30% of the stock is owned by the corporation, and about 50% of the stock is owned by various investment funds and private owners in Korea. About 20% of the shares are owned by foreign investors.
Panasonic TV brand
Panasonic – The Japanese company sells TVs under its own brand, develops new technologies, has not sold its TVs in the U.S. since 2014 and in Canada since 2020. In 2016, it stopped producing its own TV screens. All screens installed in Panasonic televisions since 2017 are made by third-party manufacturers. Some televisions are outsourced, and the televisions for the European market are produced by the Chinese company TPV. TPV also makes Philips TVs. OLED TVs and premium TVs are made in Malaysia at Panasonic factories.
Sony TV brand (best TV brands)
Sony is a Japanese company that produces TVs under its own brand, the screens are mainly purchased from other manufacturers, such as LG. The peculiarity of Sony TVs is the quality software and good processors. Cheap TVs are made by outsourcing to other companies. The main manufacturer of TVs is Taiwan’s Foxconn Corporation. The company’s own factories in Japan and Malaysia assemble premium TVs for Singapore, Japan, and China.
Toshiba TV Brand
Toshiba – Who owns Toshiba. In America, Toshiba sold its TV business in 2015 to Compal (including a plant in Mexico), a Japanese company that makes electronics for various brands. Compal is a major OEM. In other regions, Toshiba also stopped producing TVs in 2015. In Europe, Vestel, a Turkish company, makes TVs for Toshiba. And in late 2017, Toshiba announced the sale of its TV business to China’s Hisense. Now Toshiba televisions are produced by Hisense. It should be known that since 2018 Toshiba gave up developing visual solutions.
Bang & Olufsen (B&O)
The Danish company produces premium televisions, the televisions themselves are produced by LG. But the company adds various interesting additions, such as, its own TV body made of quality materials, motorized stands, natural wood finishing with its own high-end acoustics, exclusive remote controls made of metal with a display. Although the insides are LG, everything else is assembled in Denmark and the Czech Republic.
Blaupunkt TV brand
Blaupunkt – Originally a German company, it was controlled by the Bosch-Siemens group until 2008. In 2008, it was sold to the investment group Aurelius AG. After the sale of Blaupunkt, the Bosch-Siemens group retained the factories for the production of components (only the assembly lines were sold). The new owner began to reduce production costs by transferring production to third countries; since 2011 all Blaupunkt products are made in China on the assembly lines of third manufacturers. Naturally, the quality suffered, and many companies that previously bought products to install in their products (e.g., cars) refused to use them. In 2016, the company was declared bankrupt. In 2016, the company went into liquidation. The plants were sold and the staff was laid off.
Over its history, the brand has changed hands several times and ended up in the ownership of the Casino financial group from France. The television sets were mainly produced by Vestel, a Turkish concern, and production was discontinued in 2020.
Since 2016, because the Blaupunkt trademark is owned by the investment company Aurelius AG, the trademark rights are controlled by Aurelius AG’s subsidiary, GIP Development SARL, which handles trademark licensing.
As a result, any electronics manufacturer can now license and manufacture products under the Blaupunkt brand. Currently, Blaupunkt televisions are made by several companies. The manufacturers vary from country to country.
If we look at the production of televisions. These televisions are mostly made in India and China. Also some manufacturers assemble TVs in Eastern Europe from Chinese components. The budget segment TVs themselves have minimal features and functions. They are mostly assembled in China from cheap components.
Funai TV brand
Funai – The corporation owns not only this brand, but also Magnavox, Philips (America), SANYO, Kodak (printers). It makes inexpensive televisions for the North American market under various brands such as Philips, Magnavox, Emerson Radio and Sanyo. Funai now buys or licenses brands to produce electronics under these brands. The main production is located in China.
Grundig – the history of the brand began in 1930, but during its existence there have been both achievements and failures. Now the Grundig brand belongs to the Turkish company Beko. Beko is owned by the Turkish company Arçelik A.Ş., which makes household appliances and electronics. Arçelik A.Ş. is part of the Turkish Koç Holding A.Ş. Grundig no longer exists, only the brand name has survived, Grundig has been liquidated. The Grundig brand is used by a Turkish company. In Germany, the brand is represented by the Turkish company Beko Grundig Germany GmbH.
Grundig – TV sets are assembled in Turkey, the components are supplied by different manufacturers, mainly China. It is possible that some models of TV sets are ordered from OEM, ODM manufacturers. Although on the TVs for Germany and other European countries, Beko writes TV assembled in Europe. Although this is true, the factory is located in a geographical part of Turkey that belongs to Europe.
Haier Chinese brand in 2017-2018 was an attempt to enter global markets with a new product for the company TV. The attempt was not successful. Now Haier TVs can be found in Asia and China.
Hisense TV Brand
Hisense – It is a Chinese electronics manufacturer that produces about 50% of its own-brand televisions and also acquires licenses to produce televisions under other brands. In America, Hisense sold Sharp-branded TVs until 2019; in other regions, it has been making Toshiba-branded TVs since 2018. Hisense also owns the brands under which it manufactures and sells its products, such as Hitachi, Lucent, Matsushita, NEC, Sanyo, Toshiba and Qualcomm.
Hitachi TV Brand
Hitachi: A Japanese corporation, engaged in the production of electronics, industrial machines. In 2010-2012, the corporation’s management decided to review its TV production policy. It was decided to sell all TV assembly plants; the last TV assembly plant in Japan was sold at the end of 2012. The corporation decided to outsource TV production. Hitachi sells televisions but does not manufacture them. Hitachi branded televisions are made to order. For Europe, TVs are assembled by Vestel, a Turkish concern. For the U.S. and Canada, the TVs are assembled by the Chinese company Hisense. Hitachi America, Ltd. finally ceased all television-related activities in the U.S. in 2020.
Huawei TV brand
Huawei – The company was building its business similar to Cisco, but the company was sanctioned in 2019. The company blended from the enterprise business segment and from making phones to the consumer tech segment. The company started offering televisions, scales, and so on; the televisions are made by OEMs in China.
Hyundai has never produced consumer electronics, although the brand is quite recognizable mainly because of cars. Since Hyundai did not plan to produce televisions, it was decided to license the brand to produce televisions. Any company could buy the rights to use the brand and produce televisions under the Hyundai brand. Such companies do not make televisions themselves, but order them from OEMs. It is difficult to say who uses the brand now, each country may have its own licensee of the brand.
Insignia TV is a brand owned by the Best Buy chain of stores from the United States. The TVs are mainly produced by the Chinese company Hisense. The TVs are positioned as not expensive budget models.
Element TV , Seiki TV, Westinghouse TV, THTF
Element Seiki, Westinghouse TV, THTF – All of these brands belong to the same company, namely China Tsinghua Tongfang. To promote their televisions, several brands are registered or purchased for use under license. The televisions are made in China. Some Element TVs are assembled from off-the-shelf components in the United States. The TVs in the budget segment are mainly aimed at the U.S. market.
JVC TV brand
JVC – JVC – JVC discontinued production of televisions in 2010, the right to manufacture televisions under the JVC brand was sold in 2011. The right to manufacture and sell JVC-branded TVs in the United States, Canada and Mexico was bought by the Taiwanese company AmTran Video, in 2018 the license expired and the right to sell TVs was bought by the Chinese company Shenzhen MTC, it also has a license to sell TVs in China and Korea, the website in the United States https://jvcproducts.com/. In Europe, the license was bought by the Turkish company Vestel https://jvctv.eu/eu-en/. License holders are OEM electronics manufacturers, the quality of TVs can vary quite a bit depending on the model, when choosing a TV, check the reviews of real customers.
KONKA TV brand
Konka is a Chinese electronics manufacturer, producing TVs under its own brand name. Of particular note, the company produces TVs on three platforms using different operating systems Android, LG’s Web OS and its own Android superstructure PTK 5.3. The company’s TV lineup includes OLED models with screens from LG and other manufacturers. There are TVs with Full HD resolution, which in principle has been considered insufficient for a TV with a large screen diagonal for more than 5 years.
LeEco (LeTV) is best known for wanting to buy Vizio, but the deal fell through. The company makes televisions in China, and its main markets are China, India, the United States and Russia. Later, due to financial problems, the company withdrew from the global market. Focusing its efforts in China. TVs are produced, but only for China http://www.letv.com/.
Loewe is a manufacturer of brand name televisions. The televisions are expensive, and quality materials are used in the housing materials, not only plastic, but also steel. The TV model is available in several variants with a regular stand, a motorized stand, and a floor stand. The company has been on the verge of bankruptcy several times, oddly enough, most users don’t care about the $8,000 Loewe or $4,000 Samsung TV. Buyers of such TVs are people who want to show their status, because of this and the market for such TVs is quite small. The last crisis year for Loewe was 2019, eventually the company was absorbed by Skytec Group Ltd, an Asian investment fund that invests in well-known brands to promote them and make a profit. I note that Blaupunkt and SHARP were also invested by this fund.
Motorola TVs – after the purchase of Motorola mobile division by the Chinese Lenovo, an attempt was made to enter the world markets with televisions for this was chosen brand Motorola. Unfortunately, the attempt was not a success, now the TVs are assembled at a factory in India from components manufactured in China. The sales market is mainly India and some other countries.
Nevir, the televisions are made in China. Nevir is a retail company operating in Spain and Portugal. So all the televisions are Chinese, and I have not been able to find out exactly who makes them.
Nokia – Nokia used to make televisions, the last television the company produced in 1995. In 1995, the production of televisions was discontinued. After the financial crisis, the company wondered why the Nokia brand for televisions was not profitable. The brand was licensed to Flipkart India Private Limited. This company sells Nokia televisions in India. It is not an electronics manufacturer, Flipkart India Private Limited is a big retailer in India like Amazon. So the televisions are made to order by OEMs, and the final assembly takes place in India to reduce taxes.
Oppo is a Chinese brand and manufacturer of electronics of the same name. Oppo is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics. The televisions are manufactured in China.
Philips TV brand
Philips – In 2010, Philips decided to stop producing TVs, the right to produce and sell Philips TVs was bought by the Chinese company TP Vision, which sells Philips TVs in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and some Asian countries. In the United States, Canada and other North and South American countries, the Philips brand was bought by Funai Corporation, which makes and sells televisions under the brand. The quality of Philips TVs varies greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer, but overall the quality is mediocre.
RCA TV Brand
RCA – RCA was bought out by Technicolor, and the rights to sell the televisions under license were transferred to Curtis International, the televisions being ordered from OEMs under the RCA brand.
Sceptre is a U.S. brand and the company is registered in the United States. The TVs are manufactured by OEM ODM manufacturers in China. The main manufacturer of TVs is China New Technology Group Co.
Sharp TV Brand
Sharp is a Japanese corporation operating in various industries, a leader in the production of displays for commercial use. TV production had been unprofitable for several years. In 2015, the television manufacturing business in America, including the plant in Mexico, was sold to the Chinese company Hisense, and the license to sell Hisense television sets in America was also sold. Sharp later realized its mistake and tried to regain control of the North American market by attempting to terminate the agreement with Hisense in court. In 2019, an out-of-court agreement was reached to return Sharp’s license, with Hisense ceasing production of televisions for the U.S. and Canada beginning in 2019. In Europe, Sharp also abandoned the Sharp brand for televisions and licensed it to Slovakia’s UMC (Universal Media Corporation), which did not actively promote it. Sharp Corporation produced products only for Japan, China, Singapore, in these countries the company had a leading position in the TV market.
In 2019, an agreement was reached between Sharp and Hisense. The North American brand was bought out by Sharp. Sharp had planned to resume TV production in 2019 for North America, but that did not happen. In Europe, Sharp also decided to take back control of TV production. In 2016, shareholders in the new joint venture SKYTEC UMC Management s. r. o. were UMC (Universal Media Corporation) and Sharp. Sharp holds a controlling stake. Despite the fact that Sharp has a controlling stake, judging by the technical characteristics of the TV sets, it was decided to focus production in the budget segment.
Skyworth is an Italian electronics manufacturer, full name Hong Kong Skyworth Digital Holdings Co. Today Skyworth is one of the leaders in the Chinese TV market. The company produces equipment not only under its own brand name, but is also engaged in OEM and ODM manufacturing of products under the brands of other companies.
TCL is a Chinese company producing various electronics. It ranks among the top three in terms of the number of televisions produced: about 28 million televisions were produced in 2018. Televisions are mainly assembled in China, but some of them are assembled in other countries from components produced by TCL. TCL makes the LCD panels for its TVs itself in its own factories in China, with the first factory built in 2009 and the second in 2016. The range includes LCD and QLED displays, and there are also plans to start producing OLED screens. The main number of TVs produced is low-cost models of TVs with Full HD and 4K resolution. The low price is achieved by using cheap materials and components in TVs. For example, the screens have 4K resolution, but with a maximum frequency of 60 frames per second.
Telefunken TV brand
Telefunken is a German company that produces various electronics, the TVs under the Telefunken brand are produced by the Turkish concern Profilio-Telra. The televisions do not occupy the expensive segment, since cheap components are used in the assembly process. Since 2006, the TVs were produced by Profilo Holding, a Turkish concern, now the TVs are produced by Vestel, a Turkish concern.
Thomson TV brand
Thomson – Thomson was bought by Technicolor, and in the future the right to produce Thomson-branded televisions is licensed to the Chinese concern TCL, which sells its televisions in Europe under the Thomson brand.
Vestel is a Turkish concern, a big OEM manufacturer of electronics. It produces televisions both under its own brand and to order.
Vizio TV brand
Vizio is an American company that sells televisions under the Vizio brand name, it does not manufacture televisions because it does not have manufacturing facilities, but only sells and services its products. The televisions are manufactured in China and Mexico by third-party manufacturers. Vizio TVs are quite popular in the U.S., mostly budget TVs, although the company has had attempts to produce OLED TVs and quantum dot TVs.
Polaroid TV brand
Polaroid – Polaroid went bankrupt in 2011; in Europe, Polaroid TVs are produced by Vestel, a Turkish concern. In the U.S., the brand belongs to PLR IP Holdings, the current licensee of Empire Electronics.
SunbriteTV – The brand is owned by SnapAV, which acquired SunbriteTV in 2015 and has been busy making televisions that are positioned as outdoor equipment. The company develops the TVs, specifically environmental protection so that they can be operated outdoors under shelters, and the components for the TVs themselves are purchased from various OEM, ODM manufacturers.
Supersonic TV brand
Supersonic – The brand is owned by Supersonic Inc, the company specializes in the production of various electronics, including televisions, mainly in the assembly of components.