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The half-million-dollar TV (152 inch screen)
http://www.marketwatch.com ^ | february 1, 2013 | Charles Passy

Posted on 02/04/2013 4:05:50 AM PST by lowbridge

If that 55-inch TV set you bought last year suddenly doesn’t measure up to your game-day fantasies, consider this Super Bowl-size alternative: A 152-inch one, yours for a cool half-million. That’s the price tag on Panasonic’s model TH-152UX1, billed as the “world’s largest, 4K2K plasma display” (we’ll 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 it’s not just about size: It’s 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 set’s 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 won’t give sales figures — and by the way that $500,000 price doesn’t 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, there’s big business in really, really big TVs. “Sales of the 152 have exceeded our expectations,” says Albert.

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1 posted on 02/04/2013 4:05:56 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

It’s like having a Drive In theater in your living room!


2 posted on 02/04/2013 4:08:31 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: lowbridge

Will it improve the quality of TV programming?


3 posted on 02/04/2013 4:11:47 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: lowbridge
Risin' above the city, blockin' out the noonday sun, it dwarfs
The mighty redwoods and it towers over everyone

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...

4 posted on 02/04/2013 4:12:35 AM PST by fractionated
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To: lowbridge

Not to be a wet blanket, but why not just use a good streaming video projection system at a tiny fraction of the cost?


5 posted on 02/04/2013 4:13:18 AM PST by Truth29
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To: duckman

"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"

6 posted on 02/04/2013 4:14:53 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Fresh Wind

No.


7 posted on 02/04/2013 4:17:45 AM PST by liberalism is suicide (Communism,fascism-no matter how you slice socialism, its still baloney)
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To: Doogle

8 posted on 02/04/2013 4:18:31 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: All

Start saving those food stamps, people!


9 posted on 02/04/2013 4:20:19 AM PST by Lacey
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To: lowbridge

Why? Same sh*t, larger screen...


10 posted on 02/04/2013 4:20:35 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: lowbridge

I’m going to need a bigger living room...much, much bigger.


11 posted on 02/04/2013 4:20:40 AM PST by Pinkbell
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To: liberalism is suicide

Darn. I’ll have to cancel my order.


12 posted on 02/04/2013 4:23:27 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: lowbridge

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.


13 posted on 02/04/2013 4:25:42 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Pinkbell
"We're gonna need a bigger boat living room."
14 posted on 02/04/2013 4:31:38 AM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: lowbridge

That’s bigger than the main view screen of a Galaxy class Starship!


15 posted on 02/04/2013 4:44:16 AM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Truth29

And make sure that Wii controller is strapped on tight!


16 posted on 02/04/2013 5:04:34 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: lowbridge

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.


17 posted on 02/04/2013 5:13:50 AM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2

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


18 posted on 02/04/2013 5:27:58 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: lowbridge

My 55-inch TV with Hi-Def signal worked just fine last night.

I had the best seat in the house.


19 posted on 02/04/2013 5:30:12 AM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: driftless2

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... ;-)


20 posted on 02/04/2013 5:58:02 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: lowbridge
The half-million-dollar TV
I just want to say one word to you - OLED.

21 posted on 02/04/2013 6:07:20 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: lowbridge

“...equivalent to nine 50-inch screens...”

BS! There’s that new math again!


22 posted on 02/04/2013 9:04:04 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SgtHooper

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.


23 posted on 02/04/2013 9:17:59 AM PST by sand88
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To: SgtHooper

3 times the width, 3 times the height = 9 times the area.


24 posted on 02/04/2013 9:19:40 AM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: lowbridge
I have no need for a *house* costing $500K let alone a TV that expensive.My 46 inch LCD gives outstanding PQ with DVDs and breathtaking PQ with blurays and it was just barely four figures.
25 posted on 02/04/2013 3:36:51 PM PST by Gay State Conservative ("Progressives" toss the word "racist" around like chimps toss their feces)
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