If you build the ultra-definition TVs, will the content come later?
Last month, Sony took the wraps off its 84-inch LED TV, shipping in November. The price tag? If you have to ask you probably can't afford it, but it's a mere $25,000.
Millions of Pixels
Today, LG announced its own 84-inch, 3D-capable TV with four times the resolution of full 1080p HD resolution, or a breathtaking 8 million pixels. The UD 84LM9600 is expected to be available in October, and the price is $5,000 less than Sony's offering.
Both sets are pioneers of the so-called 4K visual technology. The problem is, 4K programming doesn't exist on any meaningful level.
Anticipating its availability, LG says that in the meantime its Resolution Upscaler Plus increases detail from current HD/SD external sources. But the South Korean company cautions that the 84LM9800 "may or may not be compatible with such standards" when they are developed.
"I think these large 4K TVs are more marketing tools to help introduce 4K to a wider consumer base," said Michael Inouye, a digital home analyst at ABI Research. "The exceptionally large screen and high price will cause consumers to take note and the association of high price with 4K might also convince consumers there is strong value in the higher resolution.
"So when 4K trickles down to more cost friendly units consumers might place a higher valuation on 4K screens -- regardless if there is a great deal of content. "
In a statement distributed by LG, Gary Yacoubian, chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association's 4K Working Group and president and CEO of Specialty Technologies/SVSound, said: "Four-K is the next big thing in television, literally. First there was analog, then digital standard-definition, then high-definition. Now...ultra-HD technology promises to transform the home entertainment experience on giant displays, truly recreating the movie theater in your living room."
Control the 3D Depth
LG's Cinema 3D uses inexpensive glasses that, unlike Sony's, don't need an active shutter, and six pair are included with the set. Viewers can use Depth Control to adjust the 3D effect to their liking. Through LG Smart TV users can access applications and online content such as Netflix and Hulu Plus and "3D World" through Wi-Fi or Intel's Wireless Display technology. LG Cloud offers access to personal photos, video and music files. Through Mobile High-Definition Link, you can also exchange content with tablets and smartphones. (continued...)
Posted: 2012-09-10 @ 11:55am PT
The Sony 4K set uses passive 3D technology, just like the LG. The advantage of 4K with line-interlaced passive 3D is that you get full HD to each eye and no temporal shift which causes some viewers to get headaches.