SED TVs - A Fall from Grace

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Some of you may remember me whining about a complete lack of SED televisions at CEDIA this year. We still can't say why it appears there were no models on display (unlike at CES), but what we can say is that Toshiba and Canon have announced their intentions for an SED release around the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As far as I'm concerned, the Olympics weren't really good for anything before, but if they can get me my freakin' 1ms response, 100,000:1 contrast, supposedly affordable flat-panel, maybe then I'll tune in out of gratitude. There is speculation a release could come a little sooner, but unless we are talking more in terms of years and less in terms of months, it's a moot point in my book. But that's only the old news.

Now we're hearing that the planned $1.5 billion SED plant will probably not be equipped to produce the technology as inexpensively as Canon and Toshiba had projected. And with the price drops we've seen in competitive technologies during the past year (LCD and plasma), I wouldn't be at all surprised if SED turned out to be the most expensive television technology on the market - at least at launch That's it. We've been lied to and I'm officially depressed.



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OLEDs and SEDs will become tomorrow's technology while LCD and plasma become today's CRTs.

Before CRTs there were a variety of ways of view television, then CRTs made the whole thing easier. Now LCDs and plasma are replacing CRTs as the technology of choice. But remember it was barely half a decade ago when LCDs were even available (and they were pretty crappy, not to mention expensive). Now they're more or less starting to fully supplant CRTs in everything (cost included - price a decent monitor and you'll probably get close in price to LCDs today). When OLEDs and SEDs and whatever else comes out, it'll be like LCDs - expensive, clunky and practically useless. Then maybe half a decade later than that, the price will start coming down, and LCDs will be the "low end" technology. Of course, this may push the general availability out to beyond 2010 and maybe they'll be available by 2015...

OLEDs are out now, but LCDs have been out a while - at least the 70s when the technology first premiered , and it took a while longer to become useful as a computer display.