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Toshiba and Canon claim SED TVs will be here in two years, but will the price be competitive?

Reuters reports that the joint surface-conduction electron-emitter display venture between Canon and Toshiba will have to wait an extra year or so.  At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas two months ago, the two companies announced that SED displays are just inside a year for commercial use

With the cost of LCD and Plasma TVs in near freefall, for SED TVs to gain any market acceptance, the technology needs a dramaticly cheaper cost or dramatically apparent feature.  Right now, DLP and similar technologies dominate the high fidelity market while LCD and Plasma TVs have dropped so much in cost that SED has a difficult task ahead of itself to really unseat either technology. 

For example, low end 37" LCD TVs used to cost approximately $2,000 about this time of the year in 2004.  Today, you can walk into any Costco or Frys and pick up a 37" Syntax LCD for $1,300.  The price drop is even more dramatic for larger sized LCDs.  DLP prices have experienced similar drops, but have also increased resolution dramatically in the last two years.  For SED to really have a fighting chance out of the gate, Toshiba-Canon would need a 37" to 40" SED TV for under $1,500 to compete with sub-$1,000 LCD TVs of the same size. 

Toshiba and Canon have promised nearly $2B USD to keeping SED technology afloat, though Intel made similar promises in 2002 with LCoS technology. 

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RE: Marketing.
By abhaxus on 3/12/2006 8:28:51 PM , Rating: 2
there you are again with your ridiculous flaming of technology. i am limited to cable in my apartment and can't get DishHD, but I still have 12 HD channels. with my DVR, that gives me enough content that I rarely have to watch anything in SD unless it's an older show thats being re-run.

if SED looks as good as it's supposed to (which I doubt it will look better than today's plasmas) then i would love to see it on the market at a competitive price. with LCDs falling like they are currently doing I don't see how it can be competitive though. with my limited budget a 32" LCD is in my price range although I will continue to hold off until 1080p becomes more standard.

RE: Marketing.
By Xenoterranos on 3/12/2006 9:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
At the get-go, the picture sharpness probably won't be as good as plasma, but the contrast ratio will be much better. Color will be arguably better, and power consumption will probably be lower (as wel as heat output).

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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