The huge TV that's too big for Britain
It looks as if we've reached the maximum size for large-screen TVs and have finally said, 'enough is enough', writes Dominic Dawes. The latest leap forward in extravagant screen size won't be visiting these shores.
Dense population, average house size and steep price are all factors, but as JVC launches the latest 'biggest TV in the world, ever' (the HD-110MH80, pictured above) those of us in the UK who might actually want the thing can only look on wistfully.
A spokesperson for JVC confirmed that despite its imminent arrival on the American market, the huge, 110 inch, HD-110MH80 will not be going on sale in the UK this year - and possibly never.
Which is a shame if you're nuts about big TVs, as the new JVC boasts an impressive spec.
- Offers full 1080p HD compatibility
- Uses JVC's D-ILA technology
- Has 1920 x 1080 resolution and 5000:1 contrast
- Measures 3-feet deep and 728-pounds
This new 'biggest-set-in-the-world' will cost around $53,000 in the U.S., where it will be available to order from July, with deliveries beginning in October.
But not here. Perhaps we reached our limit with the huge 103in Panasonic TH-103PX600. I know I did: It took six of us to wrestle that behemoth from its flight case, and three of those came away with the type of niggling muscle injury we usually accuse footballers of feigning when they'd rather be quaffing champagne with pop stars.
Except we didn't get the champagne or the pop stars.
Anyway, perhaps 65 or even 50 inches is actually the optimum screen size for what we in Britain regard as a large living room.
Could it be that in expecting screens to get ever larger and more imposing, we've actually gone a little over the top? How many of you actually own a 50in-plus TV anyway?
So, will the British surge toward larger TVs tail off around the 65in screen size? Or will we defy expectations and continue to demand even larger screens from manufacturers?
Do we really need 'bigger-is-better' products to assault our senses with high-def movie magic, turning ourselves into a society of square-eyed, over-stimulated, adrenaline-addicted couch potatoes ?
The answer, probably, is 'yes'.
Tell us what you think.