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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.

Panasonic says this 150-inch plasma TV is 18 months or more from being a shipping product--but is happy to show it off at CES in the meantime. (Rob Pegoraro/TWP

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.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  January 7, 2008; 6:30 PM ET
Categories:  CES 2008 , Video  
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Not that it matters, but what does this cost?

Posted by: steve ballmer | January 7, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Now it's great and all that TV companies are trying to make bigger screens--after all, it drives down the price of realistic sizes--but now that LCD is taking over as the dominant format, are companies starting to address the flaws in existing LCD TVs? Artifacts, judder, ghosting, lag...these are all issues that are prevalent on LCDs. Any progress on these areas on display at the show?

Thanks for the reporting! We're all jealous and wish we could be there!

Posted by: Sec315 | January 8, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

It will be a great computer display for trade shows.

Posted by: Jeff | January 8, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Rob, that's two posts from CES in which you describe monitors as X inches "across". I assume you are referring to the standard *diagonal* measurements, which would mean the "across" value would be somewhat less.

Posted by: Larry | January 8, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Jeez, another crappy piece of overpriced junk for consumers to buy.

What's the environmental footprint of this dancing robot?

2/3 of our economy and 80% of our jobs are consumer spending. Our economy is a house of cards with a huge trade deficit.

Wake me up when you go to a trade show that discusses sustainable energy and sustainable businesses.

These new consumer products are just a lot of junk that will eventually BURY us.

Posted by: Tom3 | January 8, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Tom3, how do we know it's overpriced?

No prices or price estimates were provided.

Posted by: DC | January 8, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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