TCL to bring 50-inch 4K Ultra HDTV to the US for less than a grand

By Shawn Knight
Jul 25, 2013
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  1. Keeping pace with the cutting edge of technology is an expensive affair but for some of us, it’s a necessary evil. That’s especially true when a new standard is on the horizon, like 4K Ultra HD televisions, for example. It's...

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,551   +595

    You know, that's great that technology is moving along. But even at that price, what's the point of having a 4k HDTV when there is NO media and content available for it?
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    Go TCL! It's your Birthday!

    Yeah.. sooo... when we said the price would come down on 4K TVs in a few years I think we should have said hours.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    Bragging rights! And they'll probably be some DVD players capable of upscaling blu-ray soon. A while after HDTV came out DVD players upscaled regular DVDs so well it was thought that Blu-ray wasn't going to take off because it wasn't needed.
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379

    Unless it comes with HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2, it is a waste of the screen, because 4K at 24/30fps is horrible.
  6. If they can do a 50" for $1000, why don't they do me a favor and do a 30" 4K PC monitor for $300?
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379

    Because 1000/50 is not equal to 300/30 ;)

    Or how would you like a 4K watch with 2" screen and the price thus deduced to $20?
  8. Yay, a 4K TV for less than a grand,awesome.
    I for one don't care about what it uses to process that picture or LCD quality
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379

    Ignorance is bliss, buddy, but if you get a 4K that's every inch as good as one below, you may change your mind ;)

  10. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    It's better and cheaper than my five year old Samsung TV when I bought it? I can wait for technology to catch up to it.
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  11. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    Thanks for introducing a great price TCL. Please please drive the price down on the other HD displays!

    And, those of you who say that there's no content... You're right! But think PC's with games, and Youtube 4K. There's stuff out there. Just not a mountain of it yet.
  12. stbecker

    stbecker TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Its age old chicken and egg quandary. Media sources won't produce in a higher-density format until there is enough demand (read supporting devices). And manufacturers tend to avoid developing high-cost technology for no good reason (read nothing to play on it).

    My prediction is that hardware supporting 4K will slowly continue to trickle down. Eventually you'll see a big network shove content out at 4K. Then you'll see a serious uptick in interest on both sides. That rate of development will help drive competitive pricing down.

    But its not quite the same thing as switching from SD to HD. That was a huge difference, even at menial resolutions. But there is probably little point (my opnion) of 4K on anything less than a 50" (or maybe even 60" or larger). Case in point, I'm not sure I can tell the difference between 720 and 1080 on my 47" -- granted, it is an early gen model at a whopping 60 Hz.
  13. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379

    Strictly speaking, there is 4K content, on youtube, and it is growing fast.

    In fact, this is now my preferred format, as the quality is excellent, and make a big difference on my 30" screen. However, youtube fails to serve 4K content fast enough, so I usually pre-load it using 4K Video Downloader, which is very fast, and I recommend to everyone who wants to enjoy 4K videos from youtube and not sit and wait for them to load forever...
  14. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    Now all you need is 3 or 4 GTX titans and you can 4k game at max!
  15. I do hope that this will bring the prices down because here in South Africa there's a 84 inch Sony going for about the same price as an Opel Corsa OPC or you could buy a Fiesta ST and still have change to fit options.

    Anyone that's willing to spend that much on a TV needs to have his head checked.
    jobeard likes this.
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    What else will they spend their stolen money on? A 4K TV is as good as anything.
  17. No,they spend their stolen R200 million on security for their mansions.
  18. war59312

    war59312 TS Booster Posts: 114

    Good, will help adoption of 4k take off hopefully. :)

    And then movies will finally be released in 4k. Hopefully by 2020.

    Though, 8k might just beat it to the bunch, fine by me, of course.
  19. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    It is all very well having s high pixel count but with limited frame rates the experience is poor with fast moving images. HD looks fantastic with static images but with the BBC iPlayer fast action tends to pixelate.

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