HDTV news December 10th, 2004

December 10, 2004

lg_plasmaLG has launched what’s touted as the ‘ world’s largest plasma‘ at 71”. This sucker is encroaching on my still boastful 80” screen-size, but hey I still saved at least 73K and got a whopping 9” more screen size to boot. This is one huge plasma and comes with a standalone surround sound audio package and is finished in a gold tone. For what this set’s likely to retail at it might as well be solid gold as far as I’m concerned. In the press release it states the set as pricing out at “80 million won” now unless I’m really bad at using currency calculators, that’s $74,976.5 USD…… Sony Qualia anyone? At $40,000 you’d still have enough left over for a ‘nice’ screen. LG press release.

CNET is reporting on Toshiba releasing SED displays into the market sometime in 2006. SED in case you’re unaware is yet another display technology developed by Toshiba & Canon, that is said to offer a significantly slimmer screen than a CRT television, while still offering the same high light output characteristics as CRT’s.

This Christmas season according to a Broadcasting & Cable article “should give HDTV an essential push”. I tend to agree as the surge of new HDTV consumers this holiday season will set the new demand for content services up to and including the spring of 2005. This is a time where both DirecTV and Voom have indicated offering expanded programming and services.

Speaking of new HDTV services and programming Turner Classic Movies plans to switch to HDTV in the coming months. Now you might say why would old black and white movies being in HDTV matter? To this I’d say if we’re really looking forward to HDTV in general all facets of programming need the switch over. We need to push the medium along towards enough saturation so that lagging broadcasters feel the momentum to go ahead and get onboard.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater News


Comments

  • finishdish

    Just on Turner Classic Movies today is Touch of Evil, Arsenic and Old Lace, A Christmas Story, Citizen Kane, and Rope. All of which would be lovely in HD. Go TCM!

  • finishdish

    Just on Turner Classic Movies today is Touch of Evil, Arsenic and Old Lace, A Christmas Story, Citizen Kane, and Rope. All of which would be lovely in HD. Go TCM!