Originally Posted by Pioneer Insider
Rogo, thanks for the reply, but I don't understand why you think it's not true that TV manufacturers assign a model # once it's approved for production. I do understand that not all products with model #s come to market, but it sure looks like most do.
All I'm saying is what you put in the last sentence. While you, of course, need a model # to produce... A model # doesn't, in and of itself, prove something is headed for production.
Also you did not reply to my more important observations, which was a reply to your post about LG saying on camera that all five OLED TVs will be available for sale by the summer of this year and two OLED models will launch this spring. It also seems likely that the 77" 4K OLED will retail at $30k.
So listen, I would be delighted to see all 5 models in production by summer. LG has made a lot of promises since 2012 regarding OLEDs. Well, actually, since 2010... Most of those promises have been broken and not kept.
If they actually ship 5 different models within 6-7 months (i.e. by summer), that would be a very positive change (living up to commitments) and a hugely positive sign (because it suggests the technology is maturing internally into something they can turn into products much more readily.
I'm just skeptical.
I'm a big fan of yours and enjoy your insight. So I'm not trying to put you on the spot, just want to add to the conversation and get all of the facts out for discussion.
Thanks for the kind words. I don't feel on the spot. If anything, LG is on the spot. They're the ones who promise to do this and that and often don't...
Five models when they've delivered one is a big change.. Even last year, we were promised the flat screen and got the curved one, only, and later than expected.
To be honest, I see little value in shipping 5 overpriced TVs that have next to no market, but I'd still like to see it. It really shows some effort to jump far ahead of Samsung in pushing the tech into TVs in much the same way Samsung jumped far ahead of LG in pushing the tech into smartphones.
Anyway, let's just call it skepticism combined with hope. I'm not saying they won't deliver all the TVs; I'm saying talk is one thing, action is another. I'm much more excited when these are at Best Buy rather than promised for delivery at a press event. Because the gap between those events and Best Buy has been pretty significant.