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Vizio Unveils a $999 50″ 4K TV ($2,499 for 70″)

Vizio P Series 4K TV

Vizio officially launched its P-Series 4K TVs on Tuesday night, which start at $999 for a 50-inch set and go up to $2,499 for a 70-inch set — the first mainstream 4K TVs to be that aggressively priced. To celebrate, the company held a party in a New York art gallery, where the TVs were showcased playing high-resolution video art and in side-by-side comparisons to Samsung’s 8500 series, which lists at $2,199 for a 50-inch set. “It’s not only shipping an amazingly-priced 4K TV, but one that blows the competition away on picture quality,” Vizio CTO Matt McRae told me.  I also asked McRae how Vizio had managed to hit that price point — he told me his team had completely redesigned the backlight to use 40 percent fewer parts, which reduced his overall component cost. “The picture quality goes up, but the cost goes down,” he said. Vizio is also designing its own six-core chips now, which allowed the company to reduce costs even further.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.