The huge TV that's too big for Britain

Wed, 13 Jun 2007, 3:09pm

Jvc Huge Tv

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.

The HD-110MH80:

  • 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.


Even if the average British home could house this monster of a TV who on earth would want it anyway? its BULKY & UGLY!!!

JVC need to focus on making better flat screens skip this one, Unless this is your thing.

Why don't manufacturers focus more of their time on developing tecnologies to reduce cost and improve picture quality instead of wasting it on giant screens?

I can sort of see commercial application for this type of set in a sports bar, but as zouche states above, there are always projectors to consider at far lower prices.

I cannot picture a domestic property having a room big enough for 110in unless you intend on watching telly while swimming in your indoor olympic pool.  That said, in the USA (which is where these are being sent) there is always some redneck who just won the lottery and will buy one of these to put in the front room of his trailer.

I think if the price drops then there will be a market for them here in the UK, it will replace projectors all the people who buy projectors here in the UK would buy them instead.

But providing the price drops a lot and it can produce an decent enough picture, i cant see how though i think my new panasonic 42" plasma have a rubbish picture whats 103" going to look like.

Its all very well having HUGE tv's with huge prices to go with them.... what about projectors...? They will give just as big an image, if not bigger and are massively cheaper and easier to get out of the box too!!

I think room size is the factor but its not that alone its also the state of play regarding definition. Generally in order to sit in fron of a larger tv you either need to get further back or have a higher definition picture to retain the sharpness. I doubt that 1280P is going to be enough for that size size, Maybe when we have Ultra HD and broadcasters are broadcasting all programs in that standard there will be a market. However, with todays programming even a 720P tv doesn't look great with SD broadcasting unless you can get well back from it. My 42" Pioneer looks unbelieveable from 10ft with DVD but mediocre with SD broadcasting (although I am in a weak signal area) at least compared to an old SD tv.