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Sony's 84-Inch, 4K TV: $24,999

By Swanni 

Washington, D.C. (September 6, 2012) -- Sony says that 4K TV is the future of television. Well, if it is, it looks like the future will be damn expensive.

The CE company this morning began taking pre-orders on its 84-inch 4K LED TV. The price tag? $24,999.99.

Yes, just one penny short of $25,000 for the first 4K TV which purports to offers a resolution four times greater than today's HDTVs. If you are so inclined, you can drop your pre-order at a SonyStyle store or call 1-866-363-7669.

"From Trinitron to HD, 3D and now 4K, Sony has led the way, innovating TV since 1968," the company said in a press release. "This new model redefines what consumers should expect from their television’s performance."

The company showcased a 4K projector at last January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. This reporter watched a demonstration of the 4K technology and came away impressed but not overwhelmed. The picture seemed to be a slight improvement over 1080p HD video, but certainly not an improvement four times greater.

There have been several movies filmed in 4K over the last few years, but none are currently available on home video. However, Sony could release some 4K movies on Blu-ray disc this December when it's expected to begin shipping the 84-inch 4K TV.

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