Despite all the buzz over OLED TVs and the amazing Sony XEL-1 OLED TV reviews over the last year, there are still no firm plans to launch larger screen sizes anytime soon.

Shinya Saeki, from Nikkei Electronics provides an overview of the prevailing OLED TV mood at CEATEC 2008.

“Sony Corp attracted many visitors to its booth last year because it announced the world’s first 11-inch OLED TV on the day before CEATEC. I remember thinking to myself, “The future of OLED TVs is bright.”

Sony’s prototype OLED TV that measures 0.9mm at the thinnest part

“Sony, of course, presented OLED TVs at this year’s CEATEC as well. The company exhibited a new 0.3mm slim OLED panel and an OLED TV that only measures 0.9mm at its slimmest part.

In spite of all this, Panasonic and other manufacturers aiming to commercialize OLED TVs did not have any OLED-related exhibits. And I heard many of the display engineers I met at the show say, “I don’t feel the same impact that I felt last year.” I suppose such an impression stemmed from their disappointment that they could not see any progress toward larger OLED TV products this year.”

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Some not so great comments on OLED TV technology from Panasonic at CEATEC 2008:

CHIBA, Japan–Already skeptical about the ability of OLED to uproot the TV technology dominance of plasma and LCD in the next few years, Panasonic cast even more doubt on the opening day of Ceatec 2008.

Speaking to a group of reporters, Panasonic AVC Networks President Toshihiro Sakamoto reiterated that OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TVs will not be made in sizes of 30 inches or greater for now, and it’s still not suitable for mass manufacturing. Currently, Panasonic does not have an OLED product on the market, but Sony does: it makes and 11-inch OLED TV, and is working on a 27-inch model.

Though Panasonic is working on making its own OLED set, Sakamoto said “we may have to redefine the market position of OLED.”

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