Uniden Releases 1080p LCD TVs without Digital Tuner for PS3 Gamers

Jun 13, 2007
Mayuko Uno, Nikkei Electronics
Uniden's 42-inch "TL42AZ1" full HD LCD TV. Body color can be chosen from black and white. Showed a demonstration of a game screen connected to a "PlayStation 3" (PS3). As its predecessor, the TV is equipped with HDMI and some other ports.
Uniden's 42-inch "TL42AZ1" full HD LCD TV. Body color can be chosen from black and white. Showed a demonstration of a game screen connected to a "PlayStation 3" (PS3). As its predecessor, the TV is equipped with HDMI and some other ports.
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The 9-inch "TL19TX1" LCD TV." Executive Director Noriyasu Kataoka, Digital Home Electronics Business, Uniden, said, "Major manufacturers focus on large LCD TVs and offer a rather poor selection of smaller models for personal use," explaining how the company decided to go on the offensive with low-priced products.
The 9-inch "TL19TX1" LCD TV." Executive Director Noriyasu Kataoka, Digital Home Electronics Business, Uniden, said, "Major manufacturers focus on large LCD TVs and offer a rather poor selection of smaller models for personal use," explaining how the company decided to go on the offensive with low-priced products.
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Uniden Corp. has launched 1920 x 1080 p, 42-inch "TL42AZ1" and 37-inch "TL37AZ1" LCD TV models, from which a digital tuner has been removed in a bid to lower pricing.

Along with two HDMI ports, the models are equipped with two component ports, so they can support D5 format using packed conversion cable. Both models are embedded with an analog tuner.

Target users are those who do not need a digital tuner because they want to use the TV for the "PlayStation 3" and other game consoles or because they have a cable TV STB supporting digital broadcast and a DVD recorder with a built-in digital tuner, among other items, for example.

The products will be marketed through the company's direct shopping website from July 19, 2007.

Pricing (including consumption tax and shipment) for the 42-inch model is 179,800 yen (USD 1,469), and the 37-inch model is 139,800 yen (USD 1,142). Compared to the company's existing 42-inch "TL42WRJ-B-FDT" and 37-inch "TL37WRJ-B-FDT" featuring a digital tuner, the prices above is 20,000 yen lower, respectively.

Uniden strived to reduce cost by employing the same chassis as the one used for the existing models, as well as removing a digital tuner.

Regarding the variability in the LCD panel's displaying properties, the company said it improved image quality by correcting each LCD panel's gamma property when manufacturing TVs and choosing LCD panels boasting wide vertical and horizontal viewing angles of respective 178°.

Uniden also announced a 19-inch "TL19TX1" LCD TV along with the abovementioned TVs. It features a digital tuner, yet its pricing is as low as 46,800 yen (USD 382).

Instead, this TV is not equipped with an analog tuner. Using a relatively low-priced 19-inch LCD panel frequently seen in notebook PCs, Uniden achieved the low price. This product is slated for market debut on July 25, 2007.