T3.com asks if Is OLED the real future of television tech?” when writing about the LG 65EC970V. The review gets 4 out of 5 starts, but starts with: “A 4K Ultra HD TV capable of some of the most gorgeous pictures ever seen on a home screen.”
For what feels like an eternity now OLED screens have been touted as the next big thing in TV technology. AV fans the world over have cooed over the way every pixel in an OLED screen can deliver its own precise light level rather than having to share external light sources across multiple pixels as happens with LCD technology.
There’s one big problem with OLED screens, though: they’re seriously hard to make.
We’ve lost count of the number of OLED TV false dawns and broken promises we’ve witnessed over the years. But now, at long last, the first really big and affordable OLED TV is here. Well, we say affordable, though at £5,999 that’s stretching the word’s use a touch, but compared to previous OLEDs that’s remarkably good value.
LG is the only company producing OLED panels at the moment and it’s process is being refined more and more, so future OLED TVs will be cheaper to manufacture.
We’re pleased to say that LG’s 65EC970V underlines its cutting edge, borderline historic, credentials by fitting a 4K UHD pixel count into its 65-inch OLED screen too.
Detroit’s WXYX TV’ wxyz.com reports that the latest in television technology is called OLED. It stands for organic light-emitting diodes. Organic refers to the layer of carbon film, which emits light when hit with an electric current.
The head of Consumer Reports television testing says it’s the best display technology out there, combining the best features of plasmas and LCDs. It has the deep black levels and unlimited viewing angles of top plasmas. At the same time it delivers on the power efficiency, super-thin bezel design and also the bright picture of LCD TVs.
OLED TVs started out very expensive. The first one that Consumer Reports tested last year was $10,000. Others were even more. But prices are coming down. The LG that’s now in Consumer Reports’ lab is $3,500.
At CES, TechHive.com reported that way back when 3D HDTVs were still in vogue at CES and 4K was just a twinkle in Samsung’s eye, OLED (organic light-emitting diode) was the up and coming TV tech being raved about in Las Vegas. OLED sets produce their own light and promise more vivid colors, sharper images, and better response times than LCD.
Despite the potential, however, OLED TVs are still priced far out of reach for most of us—and that state of affairs isn’t likely to change until at least 2017 or 2018, according to one Samsung executive.
USA Today recently published an article with HS Kim, Samsung’s visual display chief, who says OLED TVs at reasonable prices are still at least three to four years off. Kim blames the high prices for OLED related on the expensive manufacturing process—a longstanding problem for TV-sized OLED displays.
iol.co.za reports that Sony and Panasonic, Japan’s two largest consumer electronics companies, said that they will end joint development of organic light emitting diode (OLED) television screens, a thinner and brighter type of next-generation display in which Korean rivals have a head-start.
The two companies, which have been scaling back their TV operations after chalking up heavy losses in recent years, will instead focus their efforts on conventional liquid crystal display screens for so-called 4K ultra high-definition televisions which have shown greater promise, company spokesmen said.
Sony and Panasonic formed the OLED alliance in June last year with the goal of developing mass-production technology by the end of 2013. Doubts had mounted over the partnership’s prospects, however, as it became clear it would miss its target.
TechRadar.com reports that the advent of 4K Ultra HD has sparked plenty of debate of late, but the arrival of curved OLED TVs is likely to prompt even more consternation.
Yep, for the first time since the advent of widescreen, TVs are changing shape.
Marketeers are cockahoop. They finally believe they have a gimmick that can lift sales in the moribund TV market, as well as give nascent OLED tech a reason to commercially exist. Buyers should be rather more circumspect.
Advocates are stepping up the hyperbole, with a mantra of “immersion” and “cinematic.” Samsung’s Head of TV and AV Guy Kinnell even goes so far as to liken the brand’s curved OLED S9C as “an IMAX theatre that you can enjoy every day.”
It’s not, of course. Maybe he’d like to make me an offer on the Vauxhall Veyron I’ve got parked in my drive?
dailytech.com reports that a curved TV is not for everyone, but two top South Korean electronics conglomerates are betting some customers will shell out a whole lot of cash for a glorified tech demo of the potential of OLED (organic light emitting diodes).
AskMen takes a look at the $13,500 LG curved OLED.
For those that need a primer, from the International Business Times.
OLED (organic light-emitting diode) televisions are due out this year and CNET has a primer.
At next week’s HPA Tech Retreat in Rancho Mirage, California, Sony will introduce their TriMaster EL series of OLED reference monitors, the 16.5-inch BVM E170 and the 24.5-inch BVM E250. Here are some of their characteristics:
- 30,000-hour panel life
- better energy efficiency than even LCD
- faster pixels than even CRT
- more contrast than even CRT
- P3 color gamut
- thickness (BVM E250) of just 148 mm (as shown at right), not increased by rear cable connections
- SD scaling improved over the BVM L series
- HDMI, Display Port, and 3 Gbps HD-SDI
- negligible processing latency
The new monitors will be unveiled Tuesday before what might be the world’s most critical audience, in the HPA’s hands-on demo area. And, given the other demonstrations and presentations at that event, you really should be there. Here’s the latest schedule: http://www.hpaonline.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=122447&orgId=hopa
If by some freak of fate you cannot attend the HPA Tech Retreat, however, you’ll still be able to view the new Sony technology at the New York Public Television Quality Group Workshop on March 2. The workshops, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, have already enlightened audiences in San Francisco, St. Paul, Boston, and Nashville.
The upcoming New York workshop is not restricted to participants involved in public television. Here’s the agenda for that event, which will feature such production luminaries as Tom Holmes and Billy Steinberg: https://secure.connect.pbs.org/PbsDocuments/PBS/QualityGroup/events.html
I hope to see you at one or both of these great events.