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New Samsung TV costs $13,000

Samsung Electronics announced the availability of a curved OLED TV at an event that it held in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung says that the new TV will deliver quality images from any angle or vantage point due to its unique curved design. The TV features thousands of self-emitting diodes promising to deliver richer and brighter images compared to current LCD TVs.

Samsung says that its manufacturing technology strives to eliminate the potential for any defective pixels while also providing a “flawless” image.

The TV also features compatibility with Samsung's Evolution Kit that allows users to upgrade the TV to support future advances. The TV will be offered in 55 and 65-inch screen sizes supporting ultra high definition image quality.

Samsung says that the TV will be available in Korea at major sellers starting at 15 million KRW or roughly $13,000 in the U.S. making it roughly the same price as competitor LG's curved OLED TV.

While Samsung says that the TVs are ready for purchase now, Reuters reports that Samsung is having some significant issues with production. According to Reuters, screens for these OLED TVs are coming from a small pilot line with an estimated yield of only 30%. The difficulty with production reportedly comes from problems in spreading the organic light emitting material evenly across such a large screen.

Sources: Samsung, Reuters

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By BRB29 on 6/27/2013 9:04:54 AM , Rating: 1
now TVs are more fragile and back to the old days of taking a whole lot of space. Can we have bendable TVs so it will take up space only when it needs to?

RE: yay!
By retrospooty on 6/27/2013 9:17:32 AM , Rating: 5
Or... You could just buy a normal flat one. :P

RE: yay!
By BRB29 on 6/27/2013 9:42:19 AM , Rating: 1
Already have a 55" plasma and an HD projector. A curved TV or 4k is the only reason I need to upgrade....or a 4K projector! but that's annoying as $#@#% when you just want to watch cable.

RE: yay!
By Mitch101 on 6/27/2013 10:35:04 AM , Rating: 3
Id like to see us get away from the current format and go panoramic for some movies. You know that Disney level of surround vision. For instance a movie like the Avengers, StarWars, Iron Man, and any other movie that takes place in a different time or place I would love the option to look around at the war going on. That total immersion that feeling like your standing in the middle of the war going on.

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By ImEmmittSmith on 6/27/2013 12:26:40 PM , Rating: 2
I agree a panoramic projector would be amazing, but would need a full wall curved screen to be totally immersed. That would have to take into so many variables, like room size, degree of curve, etc. But I could see an intelligent projector being created that would detect the size of the screen and degree of curve and project the movie accordingly. One day maybe...

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By Solandri on 6/27/2013 3:24:46 PM , Rating: 3
If the projector is directly above your head, it doesn't need to account for anything (assuming white walls and no obstructions). The distortion in the projection due to the corners of the walls is almost exactly canceled out by the distortion in your perception due to the corners. Because the projector needs to be near your head, it's impractical for movie theaters. But it'd be no problem in a home theater setting with just a couple people watching.

As for color correction (in case you have patterned wallpaper), that's already been done. You just nee to take a static photo, then adjust the projection to brighten up the dark spots (within reason).

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By retrospooty on 6/27/2013 2:20:43 PM , Rating: 3
Bah... I have had enough of gimmicks and changing sizes. Keep your 3D, super wide formats and bent screens, and lousy apps/internet fluff... just gimme 4k res at a decent price and I am happy.

RE: yay!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/27/2013 3:03:19 PM , Rating: 2
That sounds cool until you realize you're constantly having to shift your eyes about to all the different focal points, or you might not notice something on screen in an action sequence etc etc.

Traditional screens are beneficial in that aspect. Unless you are sitting way too close to a gigantic screen, you can keep everything on the screen in your field of focused vision easily.

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By invidious on 6/27/2013 10:39:44 AM , Rating: 3
Curved screen on such a small TV is just silly. The whole point of a curved screen is to widen the field of view. But at 55" the FOV benifits of curving just don't make sense compared to just buying a larger flat TV whith grants inherantly larger FOV for much less cost. You wouldn't buy a curved 22" computer monitor for $1000 when you could just buy a flat 24" monitor for $300 and get the same FOV. There is probably a screen size where curving starts to make sense, but I don't think 55" is it, maybe more like 65" to 70".

I guess if you can only fit a 55" TV but you really want it to "feel" like a 60" TV then this is an option. But I don't see that being a likely scenario for someone who can afford a $13,000 TV. On that budget you can tear down walls, redecorate, and still affort a larger and cheaper flat TV.

Curved projection screens are a whole different story. Screen width is limitted by room width so regardless of the size curving is almost always going to be worth it. Curving canvas on a wood frame is much cheaper the building curved LCD arrays and is only a couple hundred bucks for DIY project.

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By BRB29 on 6/27/2013 10:59:42 AM , Rating: 1
You would want it to be bigger than 70". I would say something like 100+". Anything under that, your angle of viewing will be quite small. Moving from one side of the couch to the other will throw off the angle.

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By Solandri on 6/27/2013 3:28:26 PM , Rating: 2
Beyond about 60", I would like a curved screen just so I can roll it up for easy transport. I needed to borrow a friend's minivan to bring a 60" TV back from the store. A 100" screen I could roll up and put in the back seat for the trip home from the store would be a lot easier.

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By CaedenV on 6/27/2013 10:07:26 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, I would love to eventually have a curved screen TV... but I do not want a fixed curve. Make it so that it can be flat for shipping or times when there are a lot of viewers, and then allow a little bit of curve for a wide sweet spot, and a bit of a more extreme curve if I want to sit right in front of it for an insanely immersive experience.

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