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Continued: Newest TVs have big screens – and big prices

  • Article by: JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 22, 2013 - 9:11 PM

But even if it takes time, most experts expect the higher resolution to become part of a standard television package that will include 3-D and Internet TV.

And those prices in the $5,000, $7,000 or even $25,000 range? Expect those to change as soon as all manufacturers release their own version of 4K. “Manufacturers don’t want to repeat the same mistakes they made with 3-D,” Ramirez said.

In 2010 consumers were paying twice as much for 3-D as a standard set of the same size, but they also had to choose between active or passive 3-D glasses. Consumers weren’t sure which 3-D glasses would become the standard, Ramirez said, so they hesitated. The clincher came when consumers realized there was no 3-D content yet.

4K already has more content than 3-D, and Sony and Netflix are promising more soon.

As for sticker shock, Ramirez said that prices will quickly drop. Seiki just debuted a 50-inch Ultra set for $1,100, which will put pressure on Sony, LG and Samsung to come down as well.

 

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633

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