Philips' prototype 100-inch LCD panel
Plasma TVs are not going to be the only big screens pushing the size barrier, as evidenced last week when Philips unveiled a prototype 100-inch (245cm) HD LCD TV at the Berlin IFA 2006 consumer electronics show.
While the CEDIA show at the Gold Coast in July still boasts a bigger screen size by 3 inches, the Philips LCD touts the company's Ambilight Full Surround four-sided lighting technology.that CNET.com.au saw at the
Philips also unveiled its firstdisc player, the BDP9000 at the show. While it is capable of high-definition video playback in full 1080p glory, thankfully the BDP9000 is backward-compatible with older disc formats. It also features an advanced Java-enabled browser interface for ease of use and set-up.
Philips' first Blu-ray player, the DBP9000
Samsung is scheduled to launch its Blu-ray player, BD-P1000 before Christmas and Panasonic plans to have its king-size plasma in Australia in early 2007, but Philips would not comment on the expected local availability of either its 100-inch LCD or Blu-ray player.