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LG has put its first 4K x 2K - aka Ultra HD - LED-backlit LCD TV into shops. Its 84in monster, the LM960V, will today be available to view in posh peoples’ shops Harrods and Peter Jones Sloane Square, part of the John Lewis group. Of course, how many punters - even well-off ones - will feel the need to fork out £22,500 for a …

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  1. jai

    kin ell

    i'm not sure i even have a wall in my lounge that's big enough to fit an 84 inch telly on, even if my bank account was 100x better off than it currently is

    1. Chris Miller

      Re: kin ell

      People with 20 grand to burn on a new telly probably live in bigger houses than we do.

    2. CCCP
      Happy

      Re: kin ell

      Think of it more as a choice instead of a projector/screen. 84'' isn't a particularly large PJ screen.

      Still, it does mean you need a dedicated room, probably with reinforced walls. It would indeed look ridiculous in any, even very large, living room.

      Image when the kids "lose" the wii remote in vigorous game of tennis though. Oh dear.

  2. JDX Gold badge

    UltraHD?

    I thought 4K was the term used?

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: UltraHD?

      UHD comes in two flavours: 4k and 8k as featured on El Reg a few months including a video with some bod explaining the difference. SuperHD & UltraHD or similar could have been used but were rejected in favour of the industry tradition of confusing the customer in the hope that will somehow help (HD, HD-Ready, 1080i & 1080p, etc. ad Nauseam)

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    What's it like for skintones?

    Well, the adult entertainment industry is the usual tech driver.....

    Though I'm more interested in how ell it resolves different shades of blue....

    Oh and can you imagine. the size of {insert name} assets? (the obligatory boobies comment elicite upvotes ;) )

    1. Chris007
      Headmaster

      Re: What's it like for skintones?

      downvoted for:-

      Not in particular for eliciting votes but for the far more serious crime of spelling elicit incorrectly :)

      1. Jedit
        Joke

        "Downvoted for not spelling elicit correctly"

        Hmmm - should I downvote you for not spelling "illicit" correctly?

        1. Chris007
          Happy

          Re: "Downvoted for not spelling elicit correctly"

          I nearly went in all guns blazing but then spotted the joke alert icon - well done sir

      2. frank ly Silver badge

        Re: What's it like for skintones?

        It's a combination of 'elicit' and 'excite'. He's invented an admiratious new word and deserves our gratimentary acclaim. I've upvoted him.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Headmaster

          Re: What's it like for skintones?

          Actually the bad spelling is the result of trying to type on an iPad when my wrist is strapped up....

          and before the jokes start, I'm of the female variety...... (still like looking at boobies though)

          1. Tim Jenkins

            Re: What's it like for skintones?

            A 'female variety' Reg reader and iPad owner who likes looking at boobies....

            Can I get in ahead of the crowd and say

            MARRY ME, PLEASE ; )

          2. Androgynous Crackwhore
            Gimp

            Re: What's it like for skintones?

            I'm a girlie and I like looking at boobies

            Hmmm... that's a commendable improvement on the obligatory upvote eliciting chesticle comment. Here, have an upvote.

            PS How did you hurt the wrist? (shamelessly hoping to elicit further shameless upvote eliciting)

  4. Robert E A Harvey

    coming with five pairs of 3D specs

    I should bluddy hope so at that price!

    1. David Gosnell

      Re: coming with five pairs of 3D specs

      Probably passive 3D, though at that resolution that may not be too much of a drawback unless right on top of it.

  5. clocKwize
    Thumb Down

    This reminds me, I'm still waiting for my 2 pairs of active 3D glasses to arrive that I got free "via redemption" with my Panasonic TV - Why didn't they just put them in the box with the damn 3D TV?

    1. David Gosnell

      'Cos in making it optional and something people have to lift a finger, they probably only have to supply half the kit they would otherwise. Same as with my (Panasonic, as it happens) telephoto lens, with a £50 rebate when I went to the faff of scanning barcodes and till receipts.

    2. annodomini2

      1. They only have to supply one box, makes production simpler. As they only make one packaging assembly. Saves money.

      2. Allows them to actively change the deal without new packaging.

  6. Great Bu

    Dear Santa......

    ...I realise your definition of 'good' may not be exactly the same as mine (I prefer the term 'Alternately Ethical' as it is less hurtful than 'Evil') but if you could see your way to cramming one of these down the central heating flue this year I would certainly re-examine some of my behaviour patterns in future.

    Yours Sincerely

    Great Bu

  7. JaimieV
    Paris Hilton

    What exactly are people going to show on this?

    It's not like you can buy 4k Blu-Rays or download 4k streaming movies (of any significant length)... upscaling lower-res content is rather pointless.

    I guess if you've access to a digital cinema (a real one with hundreds of seats) you might possibly 'borrow' 4k film content and a player? If it's not DRM'ed up to the hilt, which I suspect it is. Pretty small market.

    1. Christian Berger Silver badge

      Re: What exactly are people going to show on this?

      Well, there is a hypothetical advantage of upscaling. You essentially get oversampling, so you won't see the gaps between the pixels. Plus there are already some 4k TV stations around.

      Other than that, it would make a _great_ monitor for CAD. Finally you could get a whole A0 page into a screen.

      1. Alan Brown Silver badge

        Re: What exactly are people going to show on this?

        "Plus there are already some 4k TV stations around."

        In the uk?

  8. TRT Silver badge

    If you have a bit of dosh burning a hole in your pocket...

    You could buy one of these.

    1. Christian Berger Silver badge

      Re: If you have a bit of dosh burning a hole in your pocket...

      Hmm, that's about the size you'd need for 4k in an average living room. Plus it has the normal HD-connectors in the form of SDI inputs.

  9. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

    Harrods

    Must say that Harrods did surprise me the other weekend when we were there (taking the kids to see Santa) - their book section is now "by WH Smiths" (says so on the wall) and they had Twilight (the movie) merchandise on sale.

    Of course still also had silly prices, but it did seem somewhat in danger of losing some of its reputation (whether this is a good or bad thing I leave to your personal judgement).

    1. Trygve

      Re: Harrods

      What, its reputation as a garish shit-hole pandering mainly to to Russians, Arabs and Chinese spending corrupt money on bling, with a sideline in supplying idiot tourists and saddo footballer/WAG wannabees with tacky souvenirs?

      1. Pie

        Re: Harrods

        Don't knock Harrods, I spent a happy few hours in their with a friend, playing Amiga games on their working demo.... It was a few years ago so things might of changed...

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Harrods

        "What, its reputation as a garish shit-hole....."

        You forgot to mention "the store apparently taken over illegally (according to a DTI report) by someone who had stolen money from the Port au Prince Harbour Authority in Haiti and from his brother-in-law and notorious arms dealer, Adnan Kashoggi"

  10. Wang N Staines

    'arrods

    People living in London still shop there?

  11. John H Woods Silver badge

    Porn ...

    ... will look terrible on this. It's bad enough going from SD to HD.

  12. Philius
    Facepalm

    Netflix, did you say?

    If you go to "ways to watch" at the bottom of the page, it takes you to

    http://account.netflix.com/NetflixReadyDevices

    In Ireland, I'm getting a site error.

    Time was when the blu-ray player I bought, an LG BD660, was listed there.

    Now Netflix and LG are doing a co-ordinated back-pedal.

    And guess what, the wayback machine

    http://archive.org/web/web.php

    isn't of much use either in this regard.

    Not only does Netflix require cookies, but it checks your IP address to see where you're visiting from, even for the page that shows what devices support Netflix.

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