People keep asking me, now that HD is here, what comes next? Higher definition HD! Sharp was showing a prototype of a 64" LCD flat panel with 4K resolution, which equates to around 4000 pixels across and 2000 vertical. That adds up to nearly <I>nine million</I> pixels!
Did the HD DVD Group announce a bunch of hot HD DVD titles that will be coming our way in ’07? Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? HD DVD’s supporting studios will be releasing an awesome slate of new release and catalog titles, but for myself and fellow sci-fi buffs many of these pale compared to this double whammy: Not only has Warner announced that 2007 is the year that Ridley Scott’s classic <I>Blade Runner</I> will see a remastered release in HD, the remastered versions of the original <I>Star Trek</I> series will be released by Paramount on HD DVD this year as well. Someone pick me up off the floor!
Some interesting info at Sony's press event included an update on PS3's shipping and availability. They're still selling fast, but the good news is enough quantity is getting out that you might be able to get one without being injured or paying thousands on Ebay.
Sony had prototypes of two new standalone Blu-ray players that will hit stores in 2007. No real pricing or delivery dates were offered, but both players were dubbed as <I>Sapphire</I>. You'd expect these players to be lower cost models to compete with Toshiba's $500-$600 HD DVD players, but since the 70" LCD weighs in at over $30K, who knows?!
Among the many treasures on display at Sony's CES booth were several prototypes of flat panel displays based on Organic LED- or OLED. The model shown above was 26" diagonal, and there were several models on display that were sized appropriately for portable Blu-ray players or personal media players.
Toshiba announced a major expansion of its REGZA LCD flat panel line for 2007, and a number of new performance enhancing features to be employed throughout the broad line. Why, you ask? While projection TV overall is in decline, LCD sales were boasted as being up 132% and anticipated to climb in 2007.