Kodak increases the lifespan of an OLED TVOLED TVs can now last longer

28 October 2008

Kodak has developed a new type of OLED TV that has a life span of more than 65,000 viewing hours, Kodak claims. The claim would boost the lifespan of emerging OLED TVs, which have been reported to suffer from limited screen lifespans.

OLED TV, or Light Emitting Diode television, is popularly tipped as being set to replace LCD and Plasma TVs over the coming years. Market researchers, DisplaySearch, believe that the global OLED TV market will grow to £10.8 billion by 2015.

Until now there have been concerns over the life span of OLED TVs, and it has been reported that the picture fades severely after only a few thousand hours of watching. Kodak's OLED Material EK-GD403 technology, is said to bring the life span up to around 65,000 hours, which is comparable to the life span of a plasma model.

Sony 11-inch OLED XEL-1 TV

OLEDs are built with organic thin-film materials, making the manufacturing process expensive. The Sony OLED XEL-1 (pictured) is an 11 inch model that is available to consumers in Japan and the US, where it retails for around £1,000. Sony told us that these models will be available in the UK before Christmas, but we don't yet have any further specifics.

Which? researcher, Ben Stevens said: 'Of all the new forms of TV that have been tipped to replace LCD and plasma models, OLED TV is currently the most likely successor. Their make up means that they don't have a backlight, making them more energy efficient than LCD and plasma models. For this same reason they are also considerably lighter, and this brings down the transporting costs for the manufacturer and the overall carbon footprint.'

CES (Consumer Electronics Show)

We saw Sony's OLED TVs at the CES show in Las Vegas last year, and a 27 inch prototype was on show at the Berlin 2008 IFA convention. There are rumours that Samsung will be showcasing a 14 inch model at next year's CES, and Which? will be there to report.

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