A Big HDTV Built for You!

Panasonic has made it official. The company has announced that it will start shipping its 103-inch plasma HDTV in December. The 1080p TH-103PZ600U will reportedly be built to order, and will be covered by a three-year warranty. Better measure your wall to make sure you have room; it will be about 90 inches wide by 50 inches tall, about the size of a full sheet of plywood. Oh, and you better start saving your pocket change if you hope to save up enough to buy one when they go on sale. The price tag at this point is a cool $70,000. That’s about the price of a new 2006 BMW 6-series.

Frankly, I expect that relatively few of these will ship, and most will go to mansions in southern California and southern Florida and Long Island and similar haunts of the rich and famous. If I wanted a display this large, I’d go for a front projection system; for a small fraction of the cost, I could have a as big an image and get the sound system and furniture to go with it. But I expect that I’m not the target market that Panasonic has in mind.