PARK, N.J. —
Samsung’s new 55-inch curved OLED
TVs are on their way to retailers, according to the Korean electronics maker.
The KN55S9C is priced at $8,999—$6,000 less than LG’s
, rolled out at a Minneapolis Best Buy last month. Samsung’s blade-thin curved
OLED TV is
the second of its type to hit the U.S. market in as many months. Both were
announced at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in La Vegas. Sony also
demonstrated 56-inch 4K OLED TV at the show.
Samsung says the KN55S9C is the “first” with
“multiview capabilities with full HD and stereo sound.” The multiview
feature—enabled through the manufacturer’s 3D active shutter glasses—allows for
the display of two video streams simultaneously, both in HD or “even in 3D,
with corresponding audio and controls.” The KN55S9C also has smart TV
capability for displaying IP-based content, and is software upgradeable with
Samsung’s Evolution Kit.
Large OLED TVs appeared at the
Consumer Electronics Show in January after years of development. Organic
light-emitting diode display technology is prized for it’s thin form factor and
deep blacks. OLEDs comprise a film of organic material that lights up when a
current is run through it, eliminating the need for the white backlight that
washes out the blacks in other types of displays. It also allows for screens so
thin, they can be rolled into a tube.
OLEDs are also said to have
higher contrast ratio, better color reproduction and a faster refresh rate than
other types of display technology. The 11-inch Sony XEL-1, the first OLED TV
introduced in any market, was said to have a contrast ratio of 1,000,000,000:1
and a color range of 105 percent of the NTSC color space. The XEL-1, introduced
in 2007, retailed for around $2,500. Production was stopped in mid-2010 due in
part to sparse demand. (A search for the XEL-1 indicates few are in
circulation. The Sony Store
refurbished—though out of stock—for $499.) Sony since turned its attention to
the professional video market, breaking out OLED field monitors at the NAB Show
in 2010. The vendor teamed up with Panasonic last year to develop large OLED
Other than price, the downside of
OLEDs is that they are notoriously difficult to produce, and the screens have a
limited lifetime. Gary Arlen quoted a CES official who said the production
yield was about one in five. (See “CES: TV Makers Promise Bigger and Better.”
Manufacturers are nonetheless embracing OLED. Panasonic announced in April that
it would cease production of plasma displays in order to focus on OLEDs,
according to Advanced Television.
The new curve Samsung set got
high marks from a Consumer Reports review
, which referred to the KN55S9C
as “the best all-around TV we’ve ever tested, with the highest overall
picture-quality scores and no major shortcomings,” save price. The set was
originally priced at $13,500 when it was introduced earlier in Korea, the
July 23, 2013:
“Large-screen OLED TV Makes U.S. Debut
The next generation of television displays was introduced to
the U.S. market this week as LG Electronics rolled out the nation’s first
large-screen OLED TVs at a Best Buy in Minneapolis.
January 9, 2013:
“CES: TV Makers Promise Bigger and Better
Organic light-emitting diode TV sets are also on display, despite long promises (at least four years) and continuing doubts about the
viability of the bright, flat-panel technology.
Demos 56-inch 4K OLED TV
Sony announced Tuesday that it has developed “the first 4K
(3840 x 2160) organic light-emitting diode televisions.”
November 5, 2012:
“OLED TV Trickle Predicted
OLED TVs are coming… back. NPD Display Search says organic
light emitting diode display TV sets will likely be released in “small volumes
by the end of this year.” Only around 500 are expected to ship, but NPD is
calling the start of shipments an “important breakthrough.”
Panasonic to Jointly Develop OLED Panels
The two companies plan to jointly develop printing
method-based next-generation OLED technology, for low-cost mass production of
large, high resolution OLED panels and modules and will establish
mass-production technology during 2013, by integrating their unique
technologies to improve the overall efficiency of development.
Debuts 17- and 25-inch OLED Reference Monitors
The new BVM-E 17- and 25-inch OLEDs follow the introduction
of a 7-inch OLED reference monitor at last year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Unveils Rollable OLED Display
Sony has revealed the most flexible video display yet. Its
new ultra-thin organic light-emitting diode screen can be rolled up like a
scroll. Sony released a video of the prototype super-flexible OLED, which it
intends to demonstrate today at the Society for Information Display trade show
TV—Not Ready for Prime Time?
A typical OLED contains an emissive layer, a
conductive layer, a substrate on which the layers are deposited, and positive
and negative terminals. The layers are made up of organic molecules with
conductivities ranging from conducting to insulating, and they may thus be thought
of as organic semiconductors.