Philips has outed the latest in its ridiculously wide Cinema 21:9 HDTV range, the new Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold Series TV. The first 21:9 aspect 3D capable TV, the new set has a 50-inch panel which uses passive 3D glasses, along with Smart TV functionality and real-time 2D-to-3D conversion. There's also a 3D gaming mode which allows two players to see a full-screen 2D view simultaneously.
When your HDTV is a one-of-a-kind ultrawide 56-inch display with a £4,500 ($7,318) price tag, you'd better hope it rates well in reviews. Thankfully Philips' indecently broad Cinema 21:9 56PFL9954H does just that; according to TechRadar, the 1080p high-def set delivers "the best aspects of the finest sets" they've ever seen.
Philips' Android PMP was eye-catching in its own special way, but it couldn't hold a candle to the company's latest 3D Cinema 21:9 Platinum LCD HDTV. As the name suggests, it's Philips' Cinema 21:9 HDTV with an added shot of 3D alongside Ambilight. Meanwhile there are also the new NetTV IP-connected sets, Blu-ray boxes and speaker systems.
Most of your favorite HDTV programs are broadcasted at 16:9 (1.78:1) aspect, but some cinematic movies are formatted at anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Some projector users are known to have equipped anamorphic widescreen for such standard, then utilizing an anamorphic lens to convert 16:9 materials. Never before, a natively cinema widescreen resolution was featured on a flat screen; until now, Philips has took the initiative to launch the first 21:9 cinema-proportioned LCD TV.
Vizio has unveiled its XVT Series CinemaWide HDTV line-up, a three-strong range of new LED LCD televisions that offer movie theater-style 21:9 aspect displays. Headlining the company's 2012 TV push, the XVT Series consists of the 50-inch XVT3D500CM, 58-inch XVT3D580CM and finally the 71-inch XVT3D710CM. All support smart TV functionality and 3D, using inexpensive passive 3D glasses.
Philips may be producing some of the more curious HDTVs around at the moment - its Cinema 21:9 range of super-widescreen sets, such as the most recent Gold model, are particularly eye-catching - but it seems converting that curiosity to purchases continues to escape the company. According to Philips' latest financial release [pdf link], it will be spinning off TV production to a joint-business with existing partner display manufacturer TPV, leaving it with just 30-percent of the company.
Vizio's new smart TV range aren't the only HDTVs the company is bringing to CES 2011 this week; a new teaser for the 21:9 aspect 58-inch Vizio Cinema Display has appeared on the company's site. Running at extra-wide 2560 x 1080 resolution, the Vizio Cinema Display follows in Philips' footsteps but hopefully with a more affordable price tag.
Philips is on the roll with technology headline today, says my News Reader – their Glasses-Free 3D technology gains support in US, and its first NET TV are debuting in UK. This one wouldn’t top the last two, but a follow-up to another Philips product that’ve been captivating Home Cinema fans worldwide since it broke cover.
Philips has priced out the unprecedented 21:9 Cinema LCD and announced a June release in UK. The 52-inch ultra wide Cinema display will cost you €4000 (£3535/$5044), It’s slightly expensive for nowadays cost per viewing inch displays but none of them offer you a true anamorphic widescreen aspect like the Philips.
Traditionally, AV equipments are retailed more in Europe than here, don’t be surprise to see a $4000 or less suggested retail when the 52-inch 21:9 makes its way to US.
Philips has today unveiled an Internet-based TV service, NET TV, to be available in UK. Initial rollout targets its high-end TVs lineup (series 8000-9000, and recently announced Cinema 21:9 ), enabling partnered internet contents to be displayed and browsed though a user-friendly and a simplified web-TV layout.
Couple weeks ago, Philips teased us with the world’s first ultra wide 21:9 cinema aspect 56-inch LCD, and launched a promote web site to prove its existence. Today, they have unveiled the much-secret display in UK, but once again, technical details were left out.