Seiki Brings 50" 4K HDTV To Market With Low $1300 Price Tag

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3D HDTVs never really went anywhere, and most folks outside of the marketing world would probably tell you that they aren't surprised. But the next major leap in television technology may be on the verge of hitting the mainstream: 4K. While 4K projectors have been around for years and have already infiltrated many cinemas, few consumer-level units have been produced. But that's changing, and fast.


Seiki has just introduced a new 50" 4K HDTV that's instantly different than the rivals coming out from LG, Sharp and Sony. Instead of costing well north of $10,000, this set is listed for just $1,299. That's right -- for the price of a fancy 1080p set, you can get a 4K set. We'd probably wait for a few reviews to crop up to make sure it's worthwhile, but at that price, it's going to put some serious pressure on the big boys to match it.
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This is a super good sign.

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If my experience thought me one thing, it's that when something costs 10x less, it's usually much cheaper too. I guess we will have to see how things turn out with this new development.

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I knew this was going to happen.

This out-of-nowhere underdog company has shown all the big-dogs that making 4K panels isn't that expensive after all.

Hopefully we shall see some smaller sized 4K TV's that are not 80 inches, and instead 50 inches from the likes of Toshiba or someone.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 9:29 AM

The most awesome thing about this to me specifically is I just got a 120Hz 42" (Non 3D) smart TV about a month back to replace our main household TV. So by the time we need another one these should be common place and the broadcasting of 4K signal should be as well.

On top of this think about the Google Fiber network article which I commented heavily on earlier and throw this into that bag. With Google offering TV over the KC network and assumedly the Austin network when they build it out as well.

Then add in something like a small provider going to court currently over providing streaming access of local channels in New York state. How long do you think it will take Google or one of the other mega's to buy them up. I bet they will be bought about as soon as a resolution of that court case announcement is scheduled or within minutes/hours of the cases conclusion.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 9:29 AM

The most awesome thing about this to me specifically is I just got a 120Hz 42" (Non 3D) smart TV about a month back to replace our main household TV. So by the time we need another one these should be common place and the broadcasting of 4K signal should be as well.

On top of this think about the Google Fiber network article which I commented heavily on earlier and throw this into that bag. With Google offering TV over the KC network and assumedly the Austin network when they build it out as well.

Then add in something like a small provider going to court currently over providing streaming access of local channels in New York state. How long do you think it will take Google or one of the other mega's to buy them up. I bet they will be bought about as soon as a resolution of that court case announcement is scheduled or within minutes/hours of the cases conclusion.

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slugbug replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 2:15 PM

Now we just need someone to review one using some 4K content.

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Johnny3D replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 5:55 PM

Good to see the price on that. Perhaps it'll drive the market prices down a little quicker. I remember with 720p plasma displays were $10k. I would love a 4K screen, but I'm totally willing to wait until they are reasonably priced before I pick one up.

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OSunday replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 8:57 PM

I saw this online the other day and thought it had to be fake or a scam because the price was too good to be true considering what I'd seen for price tags with other TV's but it turned out to be legit.

I can't wait to see the reviews on this, but HotHardware should definitely try and get their hands on one to review themselves!

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Clixxer replied on Sun, Apr 14 2013 10:27 PM

Hmmm very interesting. Pretty much what people say once a good amount of reviews come out if they are good it might be worth to pick one of these up. Question is also I wonder how they are vs the LG and sony ones.

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cjcoats replied on Mon, Apr 15 2013 8:37 AM

Any idea how usable is it as a computer monitor?

What kind of input(s) does it require?

I do really high-resolution GIS work, and expect to be building

a new system over the summer. Something like this would be

great as a display for it.

[Of course, what I'd *really* like is 50-inch 10Kx6K, but I realize

that's not going to happen any time soon ;-(

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digitaldd replied on Mon, Apr 15 2013 2:03 PM

Are HD satellite/cable or OTA even broadcasting in 1080P yet? Some Tv/cable/satellite providers do 1080I but not 1080P. your Tv does the job of processing the signal it gets an upscaling it to  look good on your 1080P screen. So my guess is a cheap 4K set will have a cheapo SoC to handle the video processing & upscaling. so it might be pretty bad. Sony announced a $5000 55" 4K screen at NAB too.

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Clixxer replied on Mon, Apr 15 2013 11:13 PM

digitaldd:

Are HD satellite/cable or OTA even broadcasting in 1080P yet? Some Tv/cable/satellite providers do 1080I but not 1080P. your Tv does the job of processing the signal it gets an upscaling it to  look good on your 1080P screen. So my guess is a cheap 4K set will have a cheapo SoC to handle the video processing & upscaling. so it might be pretty bad. Sony announced a $5000 55" 4K screen at NAB too.

Most tv companies only do 1080i. I know from working at AT&T and Time Warner they only go to 1080i.

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CDeeter replied on Thu, Apr 18 2013 8:01 PM

Yup, I believe that's how Vizio became a household name.

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