Hong Kong manufacturer, TCL Multimedia are showing off what they claim to be the world’s largest 4K or Ultra High Definition TV at CES. The 110” monster is unlikely to fit in your door and unlikely to fit in your wallet. It’s great to see that no longer is it simply a challenge to make the biggest pane of glass, but who actually has great picture quality at scale.
Blowing up 1080p to 110 inches is akin to watching SD on a 55” TV. 4K is the solution to the large-screen quality issue, but there’s still a big question that remains. 4K will be a major feature at CES 2013 and while screen sizes will increase and cost decrease, there’s still no content distribution strategy.
Currently or biggest portable media source is Blu-ray which won’t hold 4K movies. In most areas in the world internet connectivity isn’t fast enough to deliver the massive sizes in a reasonable time. So the biggest question is how will those 4K enthusiast who buy TVs this year, get content to them?
One option is to use hard drives to move the content around. To be reliable, it would need to be solid state storage which still remains fairly expensive. Fast forward a few years and Australia could be best placed to take advantage of 4K deliver over IP via the NBN. Other countries are working hard on broadband speeds, but almost none have a nation-wide strategy like Australia.
Back to the world’s largest 110” 4K LCD TV, naturally it will deliver 3D, like most models available today. The advantage of having 3D in a 4K TV is that each eye is delivered a full 1080p image and passive glasses can be used. The TV dubbed "China Star" is developed by Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology, a joint venture subsidiary of TCL Corporation (TCL Multimedia’s holding company).
At CES last year, the largest 4K TV on display was 84”, so it’s impressive that number has grown to 110” in just 12 months. One of the most critical part of 4K adoption will be price, but with so many manufacturers getting into the 4K game, a price war will ultimately benefit consumers.