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Samsung reveals its 34-foot, 4K LED Cinema Screen with HDR

By midian182 · 14 replies
Mar 29, 2017
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  1. Samsung is one of the industry leaders when it comes to huge, 4K HDR televisions. Now, the company is set to expand from the consumer market and into the cinema business with its new Cinema Screen, a LED 4096 x 2160 resolution screen that measures a massive 34 feet.

    Unveiled during the Cinemacon 2017 conference earlier this week, Samsung says its screen is the world’s first High Dynamic Range LED theater display, able to show movies at a peak brightness level that’s nearly ten times greater than standard cinema projectors (146fL versus 14fL). It also comes with ultra-contrast and low tone grayscale settings that “enable the screen to showcase both brightest colors and the deepest blacks at a nearly infinity:1 contrast ratio”.

    The Korean company hasn’t revealed how much the Cinema Screen will cost. But as noted by Engadget, the $30,000 price tag of Samsung’s upcoming 88-inch Q9 TV suggests the 34-footer is going to be out of reach for all but cinema chains and the very rich (who have homes big enough to fit one). It is, however, smaller than most current cinema screens, which usually measure up to 65 feet wide, or around 72 feet in the case of IMAX.

    It will be a few years before Samsung’s display start showing up in US cinemas. It's currently undergoing the DCI certification process, having just completed compliance testing at Tokyo’s Keio University.

    VP of Samsung Electronics America, Sang Kim, says the LED screens would benefit those cinemas that rent out their auditoriums for corporate events, concerts, or even gaming competitions.

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  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,412   +435

    Make a 65 foot 8k version and it sounds like you have a real winner if it's under 100k.
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,280

    Isn't it smaller than some phablets screens at the moment? I would assume so.
    dms96960 likes this.
  4. Darr247

    Darr247 TS Rookie

    I'm just a dumb electrician, but 146 seems like MORE than ten times 14, not NEARLY ten times 14.
    dms96960 likes this.
  5. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    That's gonna be a big fire!
    dms96960 likes this.
  6. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 243   +142

    Isn't it a poor resolution if you make 4096 x 2160 that big?
    But I guess it's the same for the digital projectors.
  7. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,011   +1,023

    Lol... no way it would be that cheap....It's $30,000 for 84 INCHES.... you think tripling the price gives you double the resolution and 25 times the size? Dream on...

    Most digital movie theaters you go to now only have 1080p resolution....
    p3ngwin likes this.
  8. DavidGurney

    DavidGurney TS Rookie

    It's an LED screen? What does that mean, exactly? Individual LEDs for pixels?
  9. DavidGurney

    DavidGurney TS Rookie

    If they're in your friend's basement, sure.
    spydercanopus likes this.
  10. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,011   +1,023

    Maybe do some research....

    Until very recently, "2k" resolution (2048×1080 - which is basically 1080p) was the upper limit of digital cinema. There are a few 4k ones around now... but the majority are still 2k....
  11. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    Film has infinite resolution. Instead of pixels you get blur. #FilmFTW #DigitalSucks #AnalogPleasures #Hashtag
  12. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,011   +1,023

    It does... and in some ways, is vastly superior to digital.... but when it comes to convenience and cost, digital wins... and let's face it - the movie industry isn't about art, it's about profits.
  13. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 243   +142

    However this can have much better contrast than any projection. A projected bright area will always slightly washout a dark area close by, and it gets a lot worst when the wall are near, reflecting some of the light back on the screen. Also, with this 4k led you don't have to make complete darkness in the theater, which is impossible to do with projection since the projector itself is lighting up the room.
  14. Vincent Romeo

    Vincent Romeo TS Rookie

    At theater viewing distances 8K is unnecessary, though nice, and the most advanced Sony projector now barely makes 2K without HDR and with the same focusing issues.
  15. Vincent Romeo

    Vincent Romeo TS Rookie

    Yes, this is a scaled up version of their ultimate goal of emissive QLEDs which Samsung believes will ultimately be cheaper to produce than OLED.

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