OLED TV..the next big thing?
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OLED TV..the next big thing?

As the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) winds down in Las Vegas there is no argument..the biggest thing..perhaps the only big thing at CES 2012 is big screen  OLED TV. In my opinion this is the first real change in TV technology since LCD and Plasma screens replaced Cathode Ray Tubes.

OLED Organic light emitting diodes displays are considered as the screens of the future.

What is OLED?

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. The “organic” in OLED refers to organic material. Carbon is the basis of all organic matter. Examples of carbon-based substances include sugar, wood and the majority of plastics. The “LED” stands for “Light Emitting Diode” and describes the process of converting electric energy into light. There are two types of OLEDs small molecule OLED and polymer OLED. Sony uses the small molecule type because it has a longer lifespan.

What’s so great about OLED?

Blazing fast response times, wide viewing angles, exceptional color reproduction, outstanding Contrast levels, and high Brightness. The nature of its technology lends itself to extremely thin and lightweight designs along with the ability to use it in a variety of different applications. OLED is the holy grail of TV Display technologies!

How does OLED work?

A Layer of organic material is sandwiched between two conductors (an anode and a cathode), which in turn are sandwiched between a glass top plate (seal) and a glass bottom plate (substrate). When electric Current is applied to the two conductors, a bright, electro-luminescent light is produced directly from the organic material.

Unlike LCDs, which require backlighting, OLED displays are “emissive” devices, meaning they emit light rather than modulate transmitted or reflected light.

Thin organic layers serve as a source of light, which offers significant advantages in relation to conventional technologies:

  • brighter and more brilliant picture
  • unlimited viewing angle
  • low power consumption
  • economic production
  • fast “response time”

All of that science was on display at CES 2012 with two spectacular big screen TVs..first there was the 55″ OLED from LG

Then not to be outdone Samsung had its Super OLED 55 incher.

The LG 55″ OLED should be available for purchase by mid-year..but it won’t be cheap..expect the price to be somewhere in the range of $8000-$10,000. So, unless you absoutely must be the first one on your block with the next big thing I would wait until next year when the price should be cut in half.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

  • Richard kechayan

    Wait till Apple launches its iTV using the OLED technology!
    It’ll cause a bigger sensation then their iPod IPhone intros…
    We’ll see who it’ll kill off… I predict brands like Panasonic will disappear completely…
    from the category… Considering Hitachi, Toshiba, JVC, RCA, Mitsubishi are already almost defunct! The new Big 4 brands will soon be Apple, Samsung, LG n’Sony, in that order.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      You have certainly been in the business long enough to speak with authority on this. However, I’m still not certain Apple’s TV entry is that close. I hear they have been having real difficulty negotiating with content providers.

      January 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm Reply
  • Ed Lewis

    The imbedded links on this page not only contained the 55″ TV videos but also links to many other items from the 2012 CES. The foreseeable innovations are mind boggling. I wonder how far the tech revolution will go. We certainly don’t have to wait long to see something new and exciting, but we need a healthy bank account to be a first adopter.

    January 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm Reply

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