Originally Posted by vtms
Finally, instead of 5-6 different HDTV technologies, the consumers will be choosing between 2 (and maybe plasma at the low end) which will be a lot less confusing while the PQs will finally reach good enough levels to justify investment.
That's the most laughable thing I've read in this thread. If anything, the longer term future suggests the opposite.
First of all, TI simply refuses to give up the dream on DLP (and why should they). There is new talk of 4-inch-depth cabinets -- comparable to today's flat panels.
Second of all, you acknowledge plasma makes "three" and yet you ignore that like LCD it is moving forward technologically.
Third of all, OLED advancements, while horribly slow, continue to occur all the time. The people that make OLEDs want them to be used for televisions. They are not going to be giving up when SED hits mainstream (if it does).
Fourth of all, other variants of xED displays are in labs all over the world. Should SED prove viable, those other displays are going to get long, hard second looks with regard to manufacturing viability. If anything, success by Canon/Toshiba will embolden other technology developers, not cow them.
Fifth of all, today there are 4 RPTV technologies, 2 flat-panel technologies, and gigantic numbers of HDTVs being sold despite the "confusion" of some people. The profound irrelevance of simplifying the technology "menu" can't be overstated.