October 25, 2012
New LG 84-Inch Ultra HD TV Priced At $19,999
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Have an extra $20 grand lying around in your checking account that is just waiting to be blown? Well, perhaps the new 84-inch Ultra HD TV is something you may fancy.LG began selling the 84-inches of television bliss on Thursday at the Video & Audio Center in Lawndale, California near Los Angeles.
The new, extravagant television is roughly four times the resolution of 1080p HDTVs, and comes at a price point of $19,999.
The higher resolution on the television is essentially to make up for the more inches. The larger the TV gets, the more resolution is needed to create a sharp picture. A television must have 8 million pixels in order to be considered an Ultra HD TV.
LG isn't the only company getting into the big screen, big price point market. Sony has its own 84-inch television launching in November or early December for $24,999.
The only question remaining with these big television launches is which will come first, the chicken or the egg? With a resolution four times greater than 1080p, the industry still needs to develop and implement a technology that can match it.
Cable and satellite boxes have just now started to roll out that have 1080p technology, instead of just 1080i. For a while, 1080p was only obtainable through Blu-ray players and HD DVD players.
Now that Blu-ray players are increasingly being found in people's homes, another new technology may need to come out to keep up with the higher resolution, giant TVs being developed.
The new televisions by LG and Sony will be able to convert Blu-ray disc movies to the higher resolution the larger sets require, and Jay Vandenbree, head of LG's U.S. home entertainment business said what consumers have today will look great on the new, expensive televisions. However, the televisions could look better.
Instead of waiting for the consumer market to catch on to a new technology, the industry is shifting more and more to a streaming service, which could ultimately be used to deliver even higher-resolution content.
According to webOS Nation, LG is working on a new smart TV powered by the open-source operating system webOS.
The report said LG was choosing between WebOS and GoogleTV, but chose WebOS because of concerns over Google's desire to exercise control over the look and feel of its television platform.
According to the report, LG might be showing off a television featuring WebOS at the Consumer Electronics Show in January next year, which redOrbit will be attending.
With the capability of a smart TV, LG and other companies will be able to use services like WebOS to bring streaming content to a television. Also, they could start to develop TVs that instead of becoming outdated, are being updated through software upgrades.