Las Vegas is full of surprises, and last week’s broadcasting industry trade show started with a big one. Sony announced pricing for its new ultra-high-definition “4K” TVs — televisions with four times the regular Full HD resolution — that will be available on April 21. Prices were about a quarter of what other manufacturers had estimated for their own 4K TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.
But $5,000 is a lot to spend on a 55-inch TV ($7,000 for 65-inch TV), especially considering Sony will launch a regular 55-inch LED TV for $2,000 just two days after its 4K launch. And a name-brand HDTV can be had from Best Buy for a lot less (for example, an LG LED for $1,200).