4K TV Sets Are Still Not an Efficient Purchase

4K TV Sets

While offering four times the pixel density compared to standard 1080p displays, the 4k TV sets are still ridiculously expensive for many people. Quite recently, Samsung introduced the 85” S9 4k TV set, which is sold for a whopping $39,999.

On average, 4k TV sets are available for between $20,000 and $25,000. While 4k panels look impressive, the technology is still far from real commercial use. As a comparison, a 65” Plasma TV now costs less than $3,500, a relatively small price to pay as users also get deep black levels and great image details.

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HBO’s Bob Zitter Believes that 4K TVs Will Fail

4K TVHBO’s important figure, Bob Zitter, recently revealed his true opinion about the fledgling 4k technology. He is skeptical that consumers will purchase 4k TV sets in sufficient numbers. Not only these TVs are prohibitively expensive for many buyers, measuring at above 55”, few people will have enough space in their living room to fit one.

Major content broadcasters, including HBO, are currently reluctant to deliver 4k programming unless many people already have 4k TV sets. He also argues that 3D TV sets are dead, especially those requiring special glasses. Eventually, consumers will find 3D glass an impediment, which negatively affects their experience.

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Manufacturers Will Ship 2.6 Million 4k Panels This Year

4K PanelsDespite criticism on the usability of 4k panel and concerns on the availability of compatible content, we will eventually see widespread adoption of the 4k technology in the TV industry. NPD DisplaySearch predicts that in this year alone, manufacturers will deliver 2.6 million 4k TV panels.

As a comparison, only 63,000 units produced last year and this should be very strong evidence that 4k TV sets are finally taking off.  Manufacturers of 4k TV panels will focus on 50”, 55”, 58” and 65” display sizes. Hopefully, this will significantly lower the 4k TV price points, as they are currently priced above $10,000.

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Panasonic Will Launch 4k TV Sets Manufactured Using PLED Materials

Panasonic 4k TVAs shown at CES, Panasonic will offer 4k TV sets manufactured with the all-printing technology. Prototype shown in the event uses PLED material, which is produced by Sumitomo Chemical. Panasonic has worked with Sumitomo to develop 4k TV with PLED materials.

Sumitomo has allocated a few billions of yen in investment to build the infrastructure needed to manufacture about 5 million 40” OLED panels. Both companies expect that TV sets with PLED materials will take off in a couple of years. This matches earlier report that Panasonic is seeking to release their first 4k TVs in 2015.

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Toshiba Officially Announces a New 4k TV Lineup

Toshiba 4K TVEarly last year, Toshiba introduced its first 4k TV set in the United Kingdom. The company primarily pushed a glassless 3D technology, but it was the 4k resolution that excited tech experts. Now, the Japanese company impresses us once again by its decision to launch a new range of 4k TV sets, the Series 9. All of these TV models sport an impressive native 4k resolution.

Users can choose between three different sizes, 58”, 65” and 84”. These Series 9 TV models include full-fledged 3D technology and in the case of the 58” model, it offers the active 3D capability. The built-in CEVO processing engine ensures crisp and sharp representation in the screen, no matter what display size is used.

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