OLED TV Update May 3

Sony, the first manufacturer to release a consumer OLED TV, is apparently in talks with 3 different manufacturers about manufacturing OLED television panels. LG was the first reported to be in discussions with Sony, but since then, AU Optronics and recently Samsung have been mentioned as possible partners in OLED TV panel production.

While this seems confusing, especially since all three companies have been discussed as possible partners in the last few months, it’s possible that Sony is looking for the best deal on pricing and deleivery from all three companies.

Thanks to Ron at oled-info.com

And according to smarthouse.com.au LG will be launching their 55″ OLED TV in Europe later this month. The rumored $8,000 Samsung OLED TV price tag has climbed recently to $10,000. At these levels the newest OLED televisions from both LG and Samsung will be for early adopters only, or those with deep pockets. The Samsung OLED TV release date was originally scheduled for later this year may be moved up to the summer.

 

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Sony downplays XEL-1 OLED TV longevity claims from DisplaySearch

Sony has responded to the claims of decreased longevity of its XEL-1 OLED TV. The XEL-1 recently received a number of negative OLED TV reviews after it was claimed it would only last around half the 30,000 hours stated by Sony before fading.

Practically speaking, this won’t have any effect on the average viewer as 30,000 hours will last you a good number of years.

Register Hardware has a reply from Sony on these findings. Read more at reghardware.co.uk

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Where’s the LG OLED TV?

The LG 15EL9500 OLED TV has been available in the UK for a few months now. However, the widely anticipated summer 2010 launch in North America seems to be slipping away. With the demise of the Sony XEL-1 and no replacements in sight, this leaves consumers in North America with no OLED TVs to choose from.

The LG USA and LG Canada sites have no information on the 15EL9500 unlike the UK site – LG OLED TV

I’ve contacted LG to see if I can get an update on the status of the 15EL9500. Please check back in a couple of weeks to see what’s up.

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Sony XEL-1 OLED TV No Longer Available in North America?

Despite claims last month that Sony would still continue production of the XEL-1 OLED TV for markets outside Japan, supplies appear to be running thin.

I was inspired to do a quick check after speaking to a salesperson a Sony Style location in Toronto. I asked if the XEL-1 was still available and he replied that it was not.

Online, it seems that those of us in North America looking for the first OLED TV may be out of luck.

Sony USA – Add to Wishlist (for the last few months)

Sony Canada – The product you are looking for could not be located, please check the name and try again.

However, outside North America , your chances are better.

Sony Australia – Still in stock, for $7,000

Sony U.K. – May be available at your local Sony Center

If anyone else has anything to add to this quick survey, please leave a comment below. Thanks.

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Latest OLED TV Models

Here’s a quick rundown of a couple of the latest OLED TV models available in September 2014.

LG Electronics 55EC9300 55-Inch 1080p 3D OLED TV

Samsung UN55H8000 Curved 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED TV

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