A (Very) Big-Screen TV
LAS VEGAS--This year's winner of the recurring "who can make the biggest TV of them all" battle is Panasonic, which is showing off a prototype plasma flat-panel set that measures 150 inches across (or, if you prefer, 12.5 feet or 4.17 yards).
Technically, it's not a HDTV: Its resolution, at 4096 by 2160 pixels, is far above that of mere high definition.
Seen in person, the set looks like... well, a really large TV. It actually doesn't seem as large as it could when it's standing in an enormous exhibit area, with a ceiling dozens of feet overhead. Panasonic says this set might be a sellable product in 18 months, but don't even bother guessing the price right now (which is probably shorthand for "at least it'll be cheaper than a Bentley!").
There's no guarantee that this set will roll out of a factory as a finished product on the predicted schedule. Last year's uber-TV, a 108-inch LCD from Sharp, has yet to materialize in the market.
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