This Samsung TV is bigger than a double-decker bus
- Samsung unveiled the 219-inch television in Las Vegas earlier this year
- The TV stands two storeys high, and 19.2 metres wide
- That makes Samsung’s Wall 2.0 screen wider and taller than a double-decker bus
- A smaller version – dubbed ‘Wall 1.0’ was unveiled last year
Imagine watching the new season of Game of Thrones on a whopping 219-inch television?
Diehard fans need not wonder anymore, as Samsung has officially unveiled the Wall 2.0 television – a TV so enormous that it’s bigger even than a double-decker bus.
Measuring 19.2-meters wide and 5.4-meters tall, this makes Samsung’s Wall 2.0 easily the largest TV in the history of telly boxes (the City of London’s double-decker buses, for example, measure a piddly 18.65-metres by 4.95-metres – and you can’t even get basic cable on one of them).
Yes, there are bigger screens in the world. Dubai’s Meydan Race Course currently packs the world’s largest LED screen, while there are a few big panels in places like New York’s Times Square. However, this is a very different beast altogether.
Samsung’s Wall 2.0 packs a 16k resolution – meaning unlike those other screens it can upscale your favourite movies 64-times that of full HD. For technophiles out there, the current slew of 4k televisions are barely eight-times better than Full HD (and most 4K TVs tend to not be the size of buses).
However, as much as we’d like to watch the next season of Game of Thrones on this bad boy, it’s unlikely your regular consumers will get the chance. While Ultra-HD 4K TVs are becoming almost standard in most homes (and with 8K on the rise), 16k televisions are most likely going to be limited to the corporate world of sports stadiums and advertising.
Watch – Samsung The Wall 2.0 TV in action
The 4K standard was created to make television and videos look more akin to real life. However, it’s not without its detractors. Among consumers, it’s sometimes seen as jarring (we’re used to watching television that looks just that, like television) and when something is filmed in ultra-high-definition, it’s easy to see mistakes the movie-makers might not have wanted audiences to see.
Hollywood has yet to totally jump on the 4K bandwagon, either. While big budget blockbusters are making use of 4K technology, many films are downgraded to just 2K. The reason? At more than four times the size of regular video files, editing a feature film – with thousands and thousands of files – often requires more bandwidth than even the major studios can afford.
But that doesn’t make The Wall 2.0 any less cool. And considering releases like The Wall 2.0 are almost always a case of a company like Samsung showcasing cool new technology, it’ll only be a matter of time before see even more scarily-high resolution televisions appearing in stores.