Recently I attended a Relisys event where the display company discussed how the IT display industry is attempting to move into the consumer electronic market space.
This certainly seems to hold water with Viewsonic announcing that it is to release its first high definition capable LCD TV - the NextVision N3000w. The TV has a 30in diagonal with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 providing a 15:9 aspect ratio. While high definition is only really useful in the US at the moment, it will arrive in the UK in 2006 through British Sky Broadcasting, and BlueRay and HD-DVD both on the horizon as well, so it makes sense to start offering compatible sets now. The TV's response times will be 16 milliseconds to provide smooth images and contrast ratio is 500:1.
The feature list includes advanced video features such as motion adaptive video de-interlacing technology, and support for progressive images and 3:2 reverse pull-down.
Dual TV tuners enable two channels to be viewed side-by-side, while the audio is handled by a 20-watt sound system complete with an integrated sub-woofer.
Coming from the computer industry, connectivity is better than most consumer electronics TVs with DVI and D-Sub ports accompanying the two Scart sockets, two component ports and the composite connection.
The N3000w will have an estimated street price of £1,699 including VAT and is backed by a two-year limited warranty on parts, labour and backlight.