LG Electronics, a leading maker of consumer electronics, this week announced that it would showcase the world’s first curved LCD TV with 105” diagonal and ultra HD+ resolution at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 next month. The new TV may become a solution for those, who want to watch movies like in a cinema at home. Thanks to the use of IPS LCD panel, the 105” TV may not be as expensive as OLED-based TVs.
LG 105UC9 features “5K” 5120*2160 resolution and represents another successful collaboration between LG Electronics and LG Display. In order to realize the TV’s curvature, new technology was introduced to resolve a number of issues, such as maintaining structural integrity and delivering uniform color and brightness across such a large screen. Until now, OLED panels were preferred for curved displays due to their ability to generate their own light. LG Display overcame the challenge of uneven backlighting by refining its thin gilm yransistor (TFT) pixel circuit technology to prevent color leakage and to ensure a superior viewing experience from virtually any angle.
“LG Display has kept its dominant position in the display market with innovative and differentiated technologies. With a resolution of 11 million pixels, the 105” curved LCD panel is proof of our continued leadership in the next generation display market, offering exceptional world-class value to our customers,” said Yong-kee Hwang, senior vice president and head of LG Display’s TV business unit.
The 105UC9’s cinematically proportioned 21:9 CinemaScope screen is ideal for enjoying movies as they were meant to be enjoyed. Another advantage of the extra-wide screen is that it enables users to access viewing information on the side of the screen without blocking any of the ongoing action.
While 21:9 aspect ratio and 5120*2160 resolution are clearly good for watching movies, it should be noted that there are no movies in this resolution officially on the market. Blu-ray discs feature either 1920*1080 or similar resolutions (with exceptions of the old movies which were filmed in considerably aspect ratios [e.g., Gone with the Wind, Casablanca and many other were filed in 1:37:1 aspect ratio, they are available in Blu-ray in this aspect ratio]). While some BDs could benefit from 21:9 screens, they need to be upconverted, which will affect the quality.
“We are proud to reveal our 105-inch curved ultra HD TV at the world’s largest technology event. Claiming the world’s first and the world’s largest titles, LG’s 105UC9 employs cutting-edge technology to provide a truly unique viewing experience. We will continue to drive the next generation TV market and demonstrate that with LG, it’s all possible,” said In-kyu Lee, vice president and head of the home entertainment company’s TV division at LG Electronics.