What the Hell Happened to OLED TV in 2009?

2009 was supposed to be the year of OLED TVs. Sony dazzled us with actually watchable sizes and Samsung flat out said so. So, uh, what the hell happened to OLED at CES 2009?

OLED TVs-a nigh miraculous display tech that blows away plasma and LCD when it comes to sheer OMGorgeousness-were supposed to hit their trade-show fantasy prime this year: Still too expensive for you and me, but flooding our greedy retinas with stunning images at every corner, just a few months away from hanging on Usher's bathroom wall. It's not just that there aren't any of the big OLED TVs we'd been hearing about-nothing near 40 inches.

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Divinius3629d ago

OLED were still part of this year CES, but it seemed overshadowed by 3D TV by Sony, Panasonic, LG. At least that what it seemed to me.

SRU96003629d ago (Edited 3629d ago )

All of the hype around OLED makes me want to see one for myself.
Hopefully they will come down in price by the end of the year.

*Hmm...just read the article and it looks like they will not even be available for a while. : (

Blasphemy3629d ago

I think the cost of them is stopping alot manufacturers from really pushing them. I am really looking forward to them though as it seems they have reached the limits with LCDs.

js_mac3629d ago

I don't know if you read the entire article and are aware of this, but Sony and Samsung (the 2 big guys in the LCD TV biz) are probably going to send out one more generation of LCDs before they start focusing on OLED. This guy reckons we won't see big/remotely affordable OLEDs until 2011 at the earliest.

Aclay3629d ago (Edited 3629d ago )

What does this have to do with Sony? Did you even read the article?

Sony has basically been one of the major pioneers of OLED, but Samsung has produced some OLED TV's as well.

"Samsung says they need to run through at least one more generation of LCD—with a new, heretofore unseen generation of LED backlighting technology—before OLED will be ready for primetime. And it's unlikely they're going to let Sony step ahead of them, so now we're talking 2011ish at the very minimum."

And if you actually click the link to the story, you'll see Samsung OLED's.

Aclay3629d ago (Edited 3629d ago )

Well, in this economic climate, I guess electronic manufacterurers realized that it wasn't exactly the best time to be rolling out OLED TV's in sizes near 40 inches... I'd imagine that a OLED TV in 40 inches right now could probably cost as much as 15K or 20K... or even more.

It seems like OLED technology has gotten a lot cheaper to produce though because if Sony was able to put a 3 inch OLED touch screen on their new Walkman and it will sell for $299 and $399, then clearly the costs of manufacturing have dropped a lot. At first I thought that those new Sony Walkman's with the OLED touch screens would be crazy expensive when I first heard about them a little while back, but they are pretty cheap.

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