Samsung’s latest LED innovation could consign cinema projectors to history

Samsung has announced a new 34-foot 4K LED screen it hopes will give traditional cinema projectors a run for their money.

The Samsung Cinema Screen delivers 4K (4,096 x 2,160) images and is the world’s first High Dynamic Range LED theatre screen.

The direct-lit LED display promises true HDR images with peak brightness 10x greater than a standard cinema projector. If that’s really the case, we may need sunglasses.

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Samsung is currently demonstrating the tech at the Cinemark Century Orleans 18 and XD Theatre in Las Vegas, as Cinema Con gets underway in Sin City.

There’ll also be a new audio solution from Harman (which Samsung now owns) and Samsung’s Audio Lab.

The 34-foot screen is a little on the small side to replace the projection screens in your local theatre, which generally start at about 45-feet. An IMAX display, on the other hand, is 72-feet wide.

As the popularity of advanced at-home entertainment systems and streaming platforms increases, theaters must re-position themselves as a destination for an incomparable viewing experience that consumers simply cannot encounter anywhere else,” said Sang Kim, Vice President of Samsung Electronics America.

“Our new Cinema Screen technology brings a more powerful and high-quality picture to the big screen, creating an environment where viewers feel as if they are part of every scene.”

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