[opendtv] Re: Barriers eroding to LCD TV adoption

  • From: "John Willkie" <johnwillkie@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 15:30:02 +0100

Yeah, your friend's experience with a cheapo 17 inch LCD in an editing
system gives us deep insights, not into the actual home marketplace, but
with the depths to which you will reach to "support" an "unsupportable"
argument.  In a few years, a set that small won't be adequate in a home in
Lisbon, or Manchester or Hanoi.

John (technology AND economics) Willkie

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[mailto:opendtv-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Craig Birkmaier
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Subject: [opendtv] Re: Barriers eroding to LCD TV adoption

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
>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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