Is SED HDTV dead? SED technology delayed indefinitely

Have you been waiting since 2005 to purchase a new HDTV that uses surface-conduction electron-emitter display (SED) technology? Perhaps you had best look for alternatives as there are now concerns that SED technology will never make it as far as your local television store. Canon was planning to launch products in the fourth quarter of this year but that release has again been delayed, this time indefinitely.

Canon cites two reasons for the delay: legal troubles (presumably still with Applied Nanotech, a subsidiary of Nano-Proprietary) and cost-related production problems. Producing these next-generation flat-panel TVs at affordable prices will take further production improvements.

SED technology promises good brightness, fast response times and a very high contrast ratio. Some of these claims seemed too good to be true when SED was first announced but while SED has been sitting on the sidelines both LCD and PDP technologies have improved over multiple retail generations.

News source: Canon Press Release

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I love how the companies screaming on the patents would rather get a larger share of zero sales than a smaller share of non-zero sales of their technology.

Unless you can manufacture it yourself, don't sit around dickering patent terms.

Hak Foo said,
I love how the companies screaming on the patents would rather get a larger share of zero sales than a smaller share of non-zero sales of their technology.

Unless you can manufacture it yourself, don't sit around dickering patent terms.


Exactly. Applied Nanotech may be negotiating for a percentage of nothing.

is it coincidence that this information comes out a few days after the news that OLED is making some major progress?

Lexcyn said,
I think OLED will probably be more mainstream before SED ever hits the market, if it ever does.

Thank you. :)
Right, but isn't SED more technologically superior to OLED?

No.

It is a misleading title. The "HDTV technology" that is being delayed indefinitely is the SED kind

kak said,
It is a misleading title. The "HDTV technology" that is being delayed indefinitely is the SED kind :)

SED is in the title twice now just to be sure.

Just to be more sure you should say "Surface conduction electron emitter display" otherwise people will confuse it with
'Serious Emotional Disturbance' technology delayed indefinitely. :P

How does this delay HDTV indefinitely? I think thats a broad statement, delays a kind of HDTV but SED isn't the only kind, correct me if I'm mistaken.