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Panasonic's $500,000 152-Inch Plasma Screen TV

| by Michael Allen

While people gather around their 80-inch flat screen TVs today to watch the Super Bowl, they may not realize that there's even a bigger TV available to them for $500,000.

Panasonic sells an 152-inch TV, which weighs 1,272 pounds. The picture resolution is a stunning 4,096 by 2,160 pixels, reports Marketwatch.com.

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According to Rick Albert, a Panasonic vice president, the TV delivers four times the resolution of a standard high-definition set. The TV is made for commercial purposes, but is marketed to companies, not your average homeowner.

Some critics have said that the TV's resolution is better than most broadcasts, which sort of defeats the purpose, but Albert claims the picture quality makes it ideal “for use in a board room or large conference room for high resolution graphics."

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"We are on our 14th or 15th generation plasma displays and the materials used are far more resistant to burn-in than the first generations,” says Albert.

Installation is not easy. One restaurant reportedly had to use a forklift to get it inside.

And there's also more potential problems. Gizmodo.com warned about eye strain: “Just remember to sit a safe distance from the screen to prevent eye strain. Cleveland should do.”

The TV set was first introduced in 2009 when Harrods, in the U.K., starting selling it. Panasonic won’t say how many giant sets have sold, but claims the enormous TVs are everywhere from bars and restaurants to office buildings.

“Sales of the 152 have exceeded our expectations,” says Albert.

If you cannot afford this TV set, Panasonic does offer a 50-inch plasma set, the ST50, for under $1,000.

Source: Marketwatch.com