Skip to comments.The half-million-dollar TV (152 inch screen)
Posted on 02/04/2013 4:05:50 AM PST by lowbridge
If that 55-inch TV set you bought last year suddenly doesnt measure up to your game-day fantasies, consider this Super Bowl-size alternative: A 152-inch one, yours for a cool half-million. Thats the price tag on Panasonics model TH-152UX1, billed as the worlds largest, 4K2K plasma display (well get to that 4K2K part in a minute). The set is indeed a massive one equivalent to nine 50-inch screens and weighing in at a whopping 1,272 pounds. (For one installation at a restaurant, a forklift was used to put the TV in place.) But Panasonic says its not just about size: Its also about picture quality the 4K2K refers to the resolution meaning 4,096 by 2,160 pixels. In other words, it can deliver four times the resolution of a standard high-definition set, says Rick Albert, a Panasonic vice president. Albert adds that the resolution is key for commercial purposes, such as using the set to display graphics or charts at a large gathering indeed, the sets target market is the business crowd, not the high-end homeowner.
But Panasonic will sell to individuals as well in fact, the set, which was first introduced in 2009, got a lot of buzz when Harrods, the famed British luxury-goods retailer, starting offering it. Panasonic wont give sales figures and by the way that $500,000 price doesnt include installation but the company reveals that the sets are going everywhere from bars and restaurants to the 39th floor of an office building. Put another way, theres big business in really, really big TVs. Sales of the 152 have exceeded our expectations, says Albert.
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It’s like having a Drive In theater in your living room!
Will it improve the quality of TV programming?
I still remember... when that delivery truck came down our block
What a lucky guy, I hear he got the last one in stock
And the neighbors are just green (and the neighbors (and the neighbors...))
(They say,) "That's the biggest screen we've ever seen!"
(Frank's 2000-inch TV...) It's Frank's 2000-inch TV...
Not to be a wet blanket, but why not just use a good streaming video projection system at a tiny fraction of the cost?
"I'd be tripping over the cord for the speaker and you would have to put real big lumps in your carpet so the couch would lean back at the right angle"
Start saving those food stamps, people!
Why? Same sh*t, larger screen...
I’m going to need a bigger living room...much, much bigger.
Darn. I’ll have to cancel my order.
You have to consider the distance you need to view the screen without having to move your head to see all the action.
I have 55 inches at about 12 feet distance. Which is nice and large, where I can shift my eyeballs without having to swivel my head.
That’s bigger than the main view screen of a Galaxy class Starship!
And make sure that Wii controller is strapped on tight!
I’ll wait a few years until it’s in the discount bin at Wally World for a few hundred shekels. Seriously, about four years ago my wife and I scoured the internet for a good deal on a 46” Toshiba hd. We congratulated ourselves on finding one for about 1300 bucks. Two years later you could buy the same tv for half that.
I still have a 36” picture tube that I paid close to $800 bucks for at Costco. I am the lone hold out in my family without a flat screen. I went to my kids houst to watch the superbowl. /tightwad
My 55-inch TV with Hi-Def signal worked just fine last night.
I had the best seat in the house.
Back in the mid-90’s, Difinitive Audio had a 32” Pioneer flat screen for $25,000. I remember thinking at the time, “The prices are coming down.”
Meanwhile, I sold Mitsubishi 35” tube sets back in the early 80’s for $3,500. When the 32” Toshiba came out for $1,199, it was a steal.
And my grandparents bought a Zenith round tube color TV in the early 60’s for $850. Their rent was $30 a month.
You do the math... ;-)
“...equivalent to nine 50-inch screens...”
BS! There’s that new math again!
In terms of viewing area, it’s correct. A 50” tv has a little over 7sq ft viewing area. A 150” tv would be right at 70 sq ft.
3 times the width, 3 times the height = 9 times the area.
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