OLED TV Update May 3

Sony, the first manufacturer to release a consumer OLED TV, is apparently in talks with 3 different manufacturers about manufacturing OLED television panels. LG was the first reported to be in discussions with Sony, but since then, AU Optronics and recently Samsung have been mentioned as possible partners in OLED TV panel production.

While this seems confusing, especially since all three companies have been discussed as possible partners in the last few months, it’s possible that Sony is looking for the best deal on pricing and deleivery from all three companies.

Thanks to Ron at oled-info.com

And according to smarthouse.com.au LG will be launching their 55″ OLED TV in Europe later this month. The rumored $8,000 Samsung OLED TV price tag has climbed recently to $10,000. At these levels the newest OLED televisions from both LG and Samsung will be for early adopters only, or those with deep pockets. The Samsung OLED TV release date was originally scheduled for later this year may be moved up to the summer.

 

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Sony Back In Consumer OLED TV Market?

Very interesting move from Sony. They were the first to market with a consumer OLED TV and the first to leave the consumer market. However, with competition heating up from LG and Samsung to produce OLED televisions, Sony must have felt that it might miss out on the post-LCD TV market altogether.

Here’s what Reuters had to say:

“Japan’s Sony Corp is in talks with Taiwan’s AU Optronics Corp to jointly produce next-generation OLED televisions, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported, positioning itself for the post-liquid crystal display (LCD) TV market.”

AU Optronics also purchased all of the FED TV assests from Field Emission Technologies a few years ago. Since FED TV seems to be taking a back seat to OLED TV, it looks like AU has placed its bets on OLED technology.

“Both Sony and AU Optronics declined to comment on the report, which comes after Sony’s new CEO, Kazuo Hirai, last week suggested he was open to cooperation in new TV technologies as he outlined a turnaround strategy for his loss-making company.

An industry source told Reuters earlier this month that there was talk Sony was considering a tie-up with AU Optronics.

“We know that Sony will have to form some kind of alliance with a third party since it would be difficult for it to capture more share in the OLED TV area alone. It’s not a surprise if it is considering a tie-up (with AU),” Nobuo Kurahashi, an analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities, said on Wednesday.

“For Taiwan and Japan, their interests coincide. If they don’t do anything, there will always be a gap in market share,” he added, pointing to competition from South Korea.

Both Samsung and LG in January displayed prototype 55-inch OLED (organic light emitting diode) screens – which boast sharper images and do not need backlighting – at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

Sony, which pioneered the technology with the world’s first OLED TV in 2007 halted production of the $2,000 screens for consumers in 2010 amid a global downturn, focusing instead on 3D. Sony still makes OLED screens costing as much as $26,000 for high-end business customers.”

Sony will still be playing catch-up to LG and Samsung so we shouldn’t expect any Sony OLED TVs this year.

 

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Samsung Super OLED TV Release Date

Samsung has announced that it will launch the new 55″ Super OLED TV at IFA 2012. For those able to attend, IFA 2012 takes place from August 31 to September 5 in Berlin.

A consumer release is promised sometime in 2012 with a premium price, probably similar to LG’s estimate of $8,000 U.S. for their 55″ OLED TV.

It will be interesting to compare the 2 models side by side. The picture on each will no doubt be stunning and the main comparisons will have to be made on the other features and pricing. We’ll have a review of each OLED TV model as they are released.

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LG OLED TV Price Announced

The LG OLED TV will be available to consumers this May at a price of approximately $8,000 U.S. The 55″ OLED TV, the 55EM9600 is apparently just 4mm thick. The question is, how many enthusiasts will pay $8,000 for it? Considering that the previous OLED television models available were not suitable for home entertainment use, it should be interesting to see how this model sells. Check back here for LG OLED TV specs and LG OLED TV pricing.

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OLED TV Writers Needed

OLED TV is the technology for 2012. With models coming from both LG and Samsung, consumers will finally have a chance to get this new technology at a size appropriate for home theater, unlike earlier models.

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