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Sony XEL-1 OLED TV Display  (Source: Engadget)
Fans of the XEL-1 from Sony outside of Japan are virtually guaranteed of not getting a XEL-1 this year

With the holiday shopping season firmly upon us one of the most wanted gifts for Christmas is a HDTV set. While we have many brands and makes to choose from here in America, the only commercially available OLED television is a Japan-only item this year.

Sony first announced its XEL-1 3mm thin waif of an HDTV in October with the caveat that the set would only be available in Japan. With the impact the thin OLED set had on gadget and home theater buffs, the Sony XEL-1 led other HDTV makers to promise OLED sets as well. Toshiba was the first to make the announcement of bringing OLED TVs to market after Sony was Toshiba. Toshiba claims it will have a 30-inch OLED TV on the global market by 2009.

Not to be outdone, Samsung announced its OLED roadmap in late October, stating the company would have OLED HDTVs in large 40-inch and 42-inch screen sizes on the market by 2010. DailyTech reported in early November that Sony Electronics President Stan Glasgow said the XEL-1 could make it to America this year, providing the demand for the XEL-1 in Japan didn’t move all the thin-screened beauties Sony had produced.

Today Engadget reports that there are only a total of 2,000 Sony XEL-1 TVs available in the entire world. That means that the 2000 XEL-1 TVs will be spread across 700 stores in Japan working out to a bit more than two XEL-1 HDTVs per store.

American fans of the XEL-1, your chances of getting a set this year just got much smaller.

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With this talk of panel lifetime...
By Valtiel on 11/21/2007 10:38:52 PM , Rating: 2
What about our own lifetime?

Last I heard the figure for OLED blues was 20k hours or so. Even if that's off base, it seems like a rather unsettling thought to know I might spend that much time in front of a television screen before I die. Chances are I probably will spend more than that.

The 100k hours quoted for LCD's, and even a much lesser 20k, when you lump it all together is a LOT of time you could be doing other things, even spread between many people in a household.

Don't get me wrong, I want the most solid piece of screen I can get for my money too and I want OLED to succeed. Not preaching for everyone to get off their couches, like I said, it feels a bit unsettling to think of how much of a chunk of our own time one of these panel's life would take. Thought I'd share it.

By onereddog on 11/23/2007 12:17:15 AM , Rating: 2
As a quick calculation,
100,000 hours is over 11 years of none stop tv.
Even 20k is like 2.3 years.
It seems like a fairly adequate life span.

I mean, that a full days viewing. I for one will at most have the TV on half of that in one day, that just doubles it.

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