[opendtv] Re: Barriers eroding to LCD TV adoption

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 08:55:55 -0400

At 12:22 PM -0400 7/1/04, John Golitsis wrote:
>There seems to be a silly premium attached to a "TV" LCD display versus a
>"Computer" LCD display, but you can turn any PC LCD display into a TV by
>adding a device such as the NextVision series by ViewSonic.  The end result
>is often significantly cheaper then an LCD "TV" of equal size.  There aren't
>a lot of 16:9 LCD computer displays at this point, but without burn-in to
>worry about, does it matter?

As the article noted, there is an "unsupportable " (in the long term) 
premium on LCD TVs, except for some of the non-name brand units like 
those mentioned by Bert, which more accurately reflect what the price 
could or should be. But there is also a question of getting what you 
pay for. A friend bought a 17" Sceptre LCD TV for use in his video 
editing system. The "video performance" was so bad that he gave up on 
it, and it now is being used as a computer display on a PC.

Also keep in mind that adding video processing capabilities to an LCD 
panel is not free. The NTSC tuner is cheap, but you also need an 
image processing sub-system to handle de-interlacing and colorspace 
conversions including gamma correction. And there are extra 

What may be more likely in the future is that LCD panels will simply 
come with a DVI connector and possibly a USB port for control. As 
John notes is to easy to provide the desired I/O externally.

Widescreen computer displays are growing in popularity as the panel 
sizes get bigger. ALL of Appl's LCD displays are now widescreen 
(typically 16:10); and the top of the line Powerbook model now sports 
a wide screen. Once you have 700-1000 lines vertically, it  begins to 
make more sense to make the display wider so that documents can be 
displayed side by side.

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