We have seen gargantuan advances in the state of TV technology, particularly in the last 20 years or so. From 1080p crisp High definition, to 3D, all culminating in home entertainment experiences which rival, and amply surpass, cinema screens.
It’s certain that we are a long way away from grandma’s crusty cathode ray tube set, the one that suddenly blacked out, and had to be encouraged with a gentle fist on the side. As if it’s not enough, the market still promises more; Super-HD television is now almost at consumer level, and the thought of holographic TV is slowly moving from the realms of Sci-fi shows into the tangible.
What does the 2013 TV market have in store though? Keep reading to find out.
4K and Ultra-HD
LG and Samsung have already shown us 60in OLED sets, though they are still quite expensive for most entry-level buyers. Sets can go up to £10,000, so the technology still looks out of reach, particularly with the current economic climate.
We know that the technology is there, and it is being produced at consumer level, yet it doesn’t look like prices will come down this year. Even for enthusiasts, it’s probably not yet worth getting a set, since it will likely be a slow transition for cable and satellite companies.
Flexible and Translucent Screens
Samsung explicitly launched translucent display in CES Las Vegas, and they did the same with flexible screens for mobile devices. It looks like interesting, and affordable technology, allowing you to bend and twist a screen while retaining an image.
This could potentially lead to interesting designs, like a screen being able to cover more than just a single wall in a room. It will allow for different seating arrangements at a cinema, or in a home once the tech is widely produced. This will revolutionize the accessory market also with TV standsetc.
Something that already exists, but will do so in a much more streamlined and simpler fashion. Cable and satellite providers, and TV models popular in South Korea in particular, already feature Smart TV functionality. However, Samsung is looking to integrate more features, like the use of simultaneous broadcasts on a single screen, so that people find the whole process more accessible.
There are also innovations which allow for more control, like being able to control fridge and oven temperature directly from your TV, via integrated features in your set. It is slowly moving forward, though it might still take at least 2 years before such technology is accessible at consumer level.
Greener LED TV
Though LED TV’s have been available for some time, Samsung promise an even better, and more energy efficient model for LED sets. It is worth noting that LED sets have been surging in popularity, and first time buyers often go with this technology.
LED will also offer enhanced picture quality, with new Ultra-HD technologies being experimented, but will provide a method that’s cost saving and eco-friendly, when used in conjunction with similar home appliances.
All in all, lots to look forward to for couch-potatoes all over the world.