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July 5, 2008

Sony: 27-Inch OLED TV's "Awfully Close" To Release

428678315_c023482bf1(2).jpgA couple days back at a dinner with reporters and industry analysts in San Francisco, Sony Electronics president and COO Stan Glasgow spilled all kinds of juicy details regarding the goings-on inside the company's home theater business. Perhaps most interesting was Glasgow's comment that Sony's 27-inch OLED TV is "awfully close" to becoming available commercially. First unveiled at CES back in January, the 27-inch OLED TV will be the successor to the 11-inch XEL-1, the world's first commercially available OLED television. The 27-incher is expected to be followed by a 40-inch model which will be impressive, but first Sony has to find ways to better automate OLED panel production, currently very labor intensive. With their recent $210 million investment into OLED production, we're sure this won't be an issue for too much longer.

OLED TV's weren't the only topics of interest discussed though. Here's a few more tidbits from Glasgow:

  • 90% of Sony's products will be wired or wireless by 2010
  • Expect more video services for Bravia LCD TV's by 2010
  • In the standalone Blu-ray player market, Sony has a 46% market share in units and 44% market share in dollars without the PS3. With the PS3 included, the company's Blu-ray market share sits somewhere between 95%-98%
  • Will Smith's Hancock will be offered up on Bravia TV's via the new Bravia Internet Video Link before it is released on DVD
  • Sony says they are increasing production of Blu-ray players to meet demand and are having no problems acquiring parts
  • To really see the difference between a Blu-ray disc and upconverted DVD you need a screen size of at least 40 inches, only improving as the screen size increases

Via Barrons

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Posted by Justin Davey at July 5, 2008 6:44 AM

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