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LG Electronics: 50 years of TV history - from Black and White to OLED

By LG Germany 25.11.2016

An image of LG TV half in modern OLED TV and the other half in old TV from 1966

LG is a global pioneer in the TV industry. In 1966, LG was the first to bring a locally produced television to the Korean market. Last year, LG ultimately launched the world's first HDR-capable 4K OLED TV and the flagship LG SIGNATURE OLED TV.

A front view of old lg tv from 1966

The milestones of TV production

The technology has evolved a lot since the design and manufacture of the first Korean TV – a simple 19- inch device with a black-and-white screen (VD-191). So the first big televisions of the industry came from LG. With the 55-inch Full HD LCD TV (55LP10D), LG was able to exceed the size barrier of 50 inches and thus presented in 2004 the world's largest TV at this time. In the same year, LG again hit the limits with the 71-inch Full HD PDP TV. In 2011, the world's first 84- inch Ultra HD TV was introduced and at the beginning of this year the 98-inch 8K TV (98UH98) with HDR image quality.

A front view of old lg pdp tv

LG OLED TV as a revolution of the global premium TV market

What distinguishes the OLED TV from other TV technologies is the ability to deactivate individual pixels. This results in a sharp image, in perfect black, with appealing colors and extraordinary contrast ratios. Due to the deep black shades, all other colors appear much more powerful and have more vitality as well infinitely variable light areas. With 10-bit computing power, the LG OLED TVs can display one billion colors with the finest details and color gradations. With the support of BT2020, the next generation for signal transmission, the LG OLED TVs will also be up to date in the future. With the introduction of the first complete OLED TV line-up at the CES 2012 LG received worldwide attention. In 2013, the first 55-inch OLED TV was launched and in 2014 LG presented the first 4K OLED TV. Last year, LG presented the world's first HDR-capable 4K OLED TV, followed by the flagship LG SIGNATURE OLED TV.

A left perspective view of lg signature wall paper tv

LG as leader of the global premium TV market

Since the introduction of the first Korean television, the Korean electronics industry has reached a whole new level. Thus, today many of the innovative LG technologies are found in households around the world. While LG with OLED TVs secured its place at the forefront of the global premium TV market, the outlook for the next 50 years looks even more positive than the first half century. Only last year LG reached a milestone with 500 million sold branded TVs since the introduction of the first television. If it is taken into account that the production capacity was only 9,050 units in 1966, the increase in sales of LG TVs is enormous.

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