Philips: Cinema 21:9 HDTV Gets A Price, Release Date

Philips: Cinema 21:9 HDTV Gets A Price, Release Date

Anthony Nguyen
Feb 23, 2009

Surely you've been clamoring as much as we were about the missing details of Philip's newest Cinema 21:9 HDTV announced a few weeks back. Though we gave it our best shot and tried to do a mock-up (you gotta admit our scaling was decent), there's nothing like the taste of real press photos when it comes to home tech. Now, let's cue the drumroll and take a look at the juicy details, shall we?

While a few lingering questions still boggles our minds - such as, "How will 4:3 content look?" There's no way it could look even watchable with such a wide aspect. Also, many movies - including our Blu-ray favorite of the moment, The Dark Knight - is shot in a ratio greater than 16:9 (the IMAX sequences), so we could only assume there will be some cropping involved.

Still, the screen looks magnificent for what it is, and with the added bonus of the lovely ambient lighting system integrated with the flat panel, we're sure it'll surely play its part as one of the sexiest pieces of modern tech in your home.

Unfortunately, classiness doesn't come cheap. The Philips Cinema 21:9 56-inch HDTV is set to retail with a price tag of €4,000 (or $5,045 USD) in the UK later this June. Some may even have the nerve to suggest spending it on a 1080p projector, a nice screen, curtains, and a bag of white cheddar popcorn, but we're on the fence on this one, folks. Like many things in life; it's your money, your call.

[via Engadget HD]

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