[Tig] No more OLEDs -- WTF are we monitoring, exactly?

Jeff Kreines - Mindspring jeffkreines at mindspring.com
Thu May 15 02:03:42 BST 2014

Thanks, everyone, for clarifying.

I was reacting to the poorly-written story posted on the AVID-L this morning, which read:

Home » Breakingnews » Struggling Sony to halt OLED TV development - report
Struggling Sony to halt OLED TV development - report

May 13, 2014 2:02 pm
Tokyo - Sony Corp has decided to suspend the development of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) televisions in order to focus on its new range of liquid crystal TVs, news reports said Tuesday.

The struggling Japanese electronics giant does not expect demand for OLED TVs to take off anytime soon, the Nikkei business daily reported without citing any sources.

South Korean rivals LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics have moved ahead of the Japanese company in the sales of OLED TVs, which remain a promising next-generation technology with clear pictures and fast response times, the Nikkei said.

Meanwhile Sony’s ultra-high-definition 4K LCD TVs are generating revenue, the report said.

In early May, Sony increased its predicted net loss to 130 billion yen (1.27 billion dollars) for the previous financial year due to additional costs from its personal computer business and disc manufacturing.

In February, Sony estimated a net loss of 110 billion yen for the year to the end of March.

Sony will report its earnings for the year on Wednesday.


I am glad to hear this isn’t the case.  I suspect Sony needs to work on how they word their press releases!

Jeff Kreines

On May 14, 2014, at 6:24 PM, Kable, Anthony (AP - Australia) via Tig <tig at colorist.org> wrote:

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>> Sony just announced they are discontinuing OLED production, which I assume applies to professional monitors.
> To clarify before this rumour gets out of control, it has nothing to do with the professional OLED displays produced by the professional division Sony.
> Sony continues to develop professional OLED panels and technologies and sells many thousand units per year.
> This coverage comes from speculation reported in the Nikkei Asian Review stating that Sony is putting OLED consumer television development on ice.
> The consumer television market is totally different and is in the many many million units per year. Consumers want larger and higher resolution displays, when you look at the market penetration the initial OLED TV's have had with their comparatively very high price points I think that it makes sense financially to be focusing the high end of consumer TV's on 4K LCD at the moment.
> Disclaimer: I have no specific insight into the consumer TV segment and my comments represent my personal thoughts, but I can confidently state that the professional display division remains committed to OLED technology, production and development.
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