The TV industry has been one of the key markets for consumer electronics manufacturers to make money. Ever since the television was invented, people have been addicted to the “idiot box” and there is no sign of this addiction becoming any less. And with the introduction of smart TVs, the addiction is just increasing. Who would not want a TV in their living room which is capable of connecting to the internet and getting all your Facebook and Twitter feeds for you, latest news, weather forecasts, and much more right in the living room? Along with this, you will be able to play games, watch and record movie and TV shows. That is just awesome.
Along with the software part, the hardware used in the TVs is also evolving. From CRT screens, today we have new and improved technologies such as LCD, LED, Plasma, and others. OLED is also a technology which is commonly used in small screen devices such as smart phones and tablets. But you could also build a TV with this screen. And that is exactly what two of the biggest consumer electronics manufacturers from Japan are playing at. Panasonic and Sony are in talks to merge their operations and research to find out ways to manufacture OLED based TVs at affordable prices. This is an awesome news. But they just don’t want to make money.
One of the other objectives behind this partnership is to eliminate two other major TV manufacturers in South Korea – Samsung and LG. It is no secret that Samsung and LG have been dominating the TV market in most parts of the world, giving very less chances for Samsung and Sony to develop in the market. Sony, even with its premium class Bravia series of TVs, is not able to get a good amount of market share in the sector.
“While Sony is developing technology to fabricate screens using sprays, Panasonic is using inkjet printer technology to make prototype OLED screens, and has invested 30 billion yen ($374 million) to set up a test production line at a plant in Japan,” Reuters said while quoting the Nikkei Business Daily.
I guess the partnership should just be good and should happen so that we see some really cool OLED TVs in the market. And I’m really not bothered about what happens between the companies, or competitors in the sector, I’m just bothered about what type of TV will be my next buy.