'World's largest TV' sports super HD resolution
Four times the quality of 1080p, Panasonic claims
IFA If you’ve got the wall space to spare, then perhaps you’ll be attracted by the world’s largest TV - which also features a resolution four times better than crummy old full HD.
Panasonic's 150in TV: has a 4096 x 2160 resolution
Panasonic unveiled its 150in Viera display at IFA in Berlin. It told Register Hardware that the monster screen sports a 4096 x 2160 resolution.
The company didn't say whether the 3.81m tall telly is based on aplasma or LCD panel - we'd say it's a plasma. Whatever, it delivers “crisp, beautiful images across the entire display”, Panasonic promised, even when displaying multiple picture-in-picture images.
Although pictures fail to do the set justice, its ability to create clear and rich images is exceptional. But we were forced to sit some way back from the screen in order to take in everything happening on the 150in beast.
It’s worth remembering that claims by firms to have created the “world’s largest TV” come and go like clockwork, so Panasonic’s 150in screen is unlikely to retain the title for long.
The set’s due to launch in the UK next spring and although the price hasn’t been unveiled yet, it’s sure to be expensive - very expensive. Just imagine the size of the box it'll come in too...
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"The next generation of HDTV is UHDTV which is around 4360p, not this 2000p crap."
Ah yes, UHDTV, where the programs last much longer but are of very poor taste!
The one with the notebook. 2 pints tomorrow Madam?
Nasty up close
One of the local stores here in Auckland (New Zealand in case you were wondering) was showing a 100+" plasma. The pixels were pretty vast even though it was 1080p. You don't want to be anywhere near one of these things to appreciate it. Of course, the funniest bit about this is that they were driving it off a standard def signal over composite!
Frankly, I'm not interested in housing something so large that permanently takes up a whole wall. My day to day watching TV is a 27" LCD and that is fine. It accepts the output of my HD Freeview box and so on and doesn't look too bad running SD material. I also have a 720p DLP projector currently running on a 70" screen but I have run it at 120" at another house. The picture is excellent and you cannot see the pixels from a normal seating distance (about 3-4m). Anything higher res might be nice but 'willy waving' over 1080p or more is silly for any screen you might want in a domestic environment and any display that is only 50" or less that looks worse with a 720p source than a 1080p one most likely has some horrible scaling issues.
Paris has eye problems with fancy TV's
Hmmmmmmmmm. Moores Law and all that - just wait for the fantastic looking, ultralslim, UUUUUHD analog version - only £500 from Argos (in the next 18 months!).............. jeeezzz, do they think we are so bloody blind............
Paris, because she can't see UHD as her eyes have a gloopy sort of residue on them!
Re: are you missing the point?
Usually I'd have no doubt it'd sell, but one does wonder who the target market is.
Having said that, the single, non-married part of me would find a way to justify it.
The non-single, married part of me would find a way to justify it and be politely (for a given definition of politeness) reminded that he can't afford it due to needing to replace the blinds, carpets, repaint, redecorate and even then, it just wouldn't fit in with the rest of the living room.
The non-single, married part of me sometimes envies that single, non-married part of me...
are you missing the point?
A significant attribute of this telly is that 1080p and 720p pictures will scale to this display with no loss of detail ie 1080/2 and 720/3.
A wall sized telly? Of course it will sell