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Seiki Selling 50-inch Ultra HDTV for $1500

Looking for a 50-inch high-resolution Ultra HDTV without the crazy high price? Seiki Digital has what you're looking for, killing the competition with a surprisingly low $1,499 price tag. Still think that's a bit high? Sony's 55-inch (XBR-55X900A) and 65-inch (XBR-65X900A) Ultra HDTVs launching next week will set you back at $4,999 and $6,999 respectively.

Seiki's solution, Model SE50UY04, will arrive in late April at select authorized retailers like TigerDirect, Amazon and QVC, and is the first Ultra HDTV to be introduced by the company here in the States. Seiki said it also plans to introduce a 65-inch model later this year, but did not offer pricing. Both will sport a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, twice that of current 1080p HDTVs on the market.

"The introduction of Ultra HDTV is perhaps the biggest news since the first arrival of HDTV, and Seiki is leading the charge to make the next generation of high-definition entertainment attainable for today's television buyers at an affordable price," said Frank Kendzora, executive vice president at Seiki. "At the Seiki price point, today's TV buyers can future-proof their next purchase with the latest Ultra HDTV technology, enjoy current high-definition video content, and be ready to experience 4K content as it becomes available in the near future."

Seiki didn't provide a list of specs, and the Ultra HDTV currently isn't listed on the Seiki website. However the company reports that it features a 120 Hz refresh rate and built-in digital and analog tuning. There are also multiple and video connections to support current HD video content, and the company has even thrown in an HDMI 1.4 cable to "enable resolutions beyond 1080p".

The TigerDirect listing actually provides a bit more information, revealing three HDMI ports, VGA support, Component and Composite inputs, a 5000:1 contrast ratio, a 6.5-ms response time, LED-based backlighting and a 16:9 aspect ratio. Outputs include RCA, Coaxial Digital Audio and a headphone mini-jack. There are two built-in speakers, but the wattage is unknown.

The price seems to be a little too good to be true compared to what the competition is asking. However Seiki deems itself as a value-driven HDTV maker for today's value-conscious consumers, and is aiming its latest Ultra HDTV at smart, savvy TV buyers wanting the ultimate digital entertainment experience without breaking the bank. Too bad customers can't actually see this Ultra HDTV in action before sinking $1,500.,19484.html

  • wanderer11
    3840x2160 is 4 times the resolution of 1920x1080, not twice.
  • Hashwagon
    8294400 pixels vs 2073600 pixels. wanderer11 is correct! :O
  • velocityg4
    I'll wait for 8K TV's. I'm betting on 8K being the widely used Ultra HD standard when it becomes common place. Just like most content is 1080 rather than 720. I just can't wait until I can have 150" 8K TV for an affordable price. Negating the need to go to a movie theater.
  • hero1
    Now this will make for a good monitor. Imagine pushing the thing with 2-3 Titans or dual GTX 690. One can only dream. I would however pull the trigger for similar price if they have one at 35" as 50" is too big of a screen sitting 2-4 feet away!
  • drwho1
    4K at 23" to 27" PC monitors at a reasonable price could be interesting...
  • ikaz
    They actually already have a ultra HD it was on slickdeals a few days/weeks back the problem is they don't mention at 3840x2160 the tv would run at 30hz which I guess maybe find for most movies but I don't think it had an up scaler either.
  • g-unit1111
    I had never heard of this brand until I was at the Angels game on Saturday and they were advertising it pretty heavily. But that resolution for that price can't be beat.
  • lancelot123
    One of these as a PC monitor would be awesome. Even when sitting only 2-4 feet away. It would be pretty close to having four 24" monitors set up like this
  • hannibal
    Good! Competition in 4K allready! That is really nice! Now other manufacturer allso have to reduce their price! May not this low, but this is good start!
  • burmese_dude
    Sweet a fraction of the cost compared to major brand. This is going to put pressure on them to decrease the prices. Great for consumer.