Will The LCD & OLED Displays Replace The Projection Within The Next 5 Or 10 Years?

Last Updated February 02,2019

Every year, companies release revolutionary products to entice consumers and set a new trend. Large-sized display devices have been one of the primary focus of different companies. The increasing demand from consumers for a large-sized display, be it a TV or a projector, has played a major role in it. Until a few years ago, homes had TVs and projectors were limited to the professional sphere, but the recent innovations in projectors and their lowering prices have increased their demand from consumers. Most homes nowadays have a large TV or a projector.

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Manufacturers of consumer devices have been emphasizing on introducing revolutionary display devices in recent years. They have been innovating new technologies to attract consumers with their latest offerings. From the early days of CRT TVs, they have now moved to LCD and OLED TVs. Projector manufacturers have also moved towards LED and laser technologies instead of lamps used in earlier models. Laser TVs, which are projectors with an ultra-short throw ratio, have also garnered attention in the past few years.

These developments have intensified the competition between TVs and projectors with each product vying for the consumers’ attention. Tech events around the globe witness the release of new products and technologies in both categories.

LG Rollable OLED TV – A New Horizon For Display Devices

CES 2019 also saw a few remarkable products announced that are poised to alter the consumer market. One of the major highlights of the event was LG’s 65” rollable TV. It has a 65” retractable OLED screen that rises from a base similar in dimensions to a soundbar. The OLED extends from the base when the TV is switched on and rolls back into the base once it is switched off. As the screen can roll into a tubular shape, the base doesn’t have to be as big as the screen itself. It is possible to roll the screen as it is very thin compared to conventional LEDs and OLEDs.

The base is stylish and will blend into most living room decors. It hides the screen from plain sight when the TV is not being used. The rollable TV doesn’t compromise on image quality either and has a resolution of 4K allowing you to watch 4K movies and shows in their full glory. The base has input ports, and speakers, and the TV can be remotely controlled. Its screen can be extended to different lengths. It can be extended partially for just displaying informational widgets, most of the way to view 21:9 content without having black bars on top or bottom of the screen, and fully for playing standard 16:9 content.

One of the main features of the LG rollable TV that will attract consumers is its ability to hide the screen from view. People would rather prefer to have a TV that vanishes from sight than a shiny black surface in their living room. 

Rollable LCDs and OLEDs – Ushering a New Era

While various manufacturers have displayed rollable OLEDs, the LG rollable TV may become the first product to be mass produced for consumers. One of the major reasons that encouraged people to switch to projectors from large TVs was that the projectors and their projection screens could be hidden from sight when not in use. Retractable projector screens are available from different brands that can be rolled into a housing or base. Any large-sized display looks great when it is in use but can also be an eyesore in the décor of a room when it is switched off.

Flat LCDs and OLEDs used in TVs couldn't be rolled, but the introduction of rollable OLED screens has changed that. Products with rollable screens will entice consumers who want large display devices that can be hidden from sight when required.

The second requirement of consumers is a display with a large screen area that can provide a cinematic experience in their living rooms and homes. LCDs and OLEDs are now being manufactured in large sizes. Many companies have introduced TVs that are close to 100” diagonally. Even the rollable TV from LG boasts of a 65” screen which will suit the needs of a major section of buyers.   

A third thing that is worth noting for large-sized LCDs and OLEDs is their ease of transportation. Projector use technologies that allow them to produce image up to 180” while being relatively compact. Flat LCDs and OLEDs are heavier and can’t be transported as easily due to their size. However, rollable OLEDs can be advantageous as they can be rolled and transported easily. They are also lighter in size compared to flat LCD and OLEDs adding to their portability aspect.

Rollable LCDs and OLEDs – A Few Issues To Be Resolved 

Despite promising great features, LCD and OLED panels still have a lot of questions to answer. One of the main factors is the price of these devices. A 100” LCD or OLED TV is much more expensive than a projector which is capable of projecting imagery of up to 120” or 150”. Considering that money is a primary concern for most buyers, projectors are a more viable option out of the two today when it comes to displays with a large screen. However, it can change in the coming five or ten years depending on the advancement of technologies and manufacturing processes. If companies can produce large-sized LCD and OLED panels at a price that is comparable to the projectors of that time, then they might be able to attract more consumers.

Another issue with OLEDs is that they are prone to screen burns. When OLEDs show a static image for a long period of time, they tend to retain a faint highlight of the image even when it is changed. These images are referred to as “burnt-in”. A faint highlight of the older static image appears over the new image. It hampers the viewing experience of the user. While many brands have claimed to counter the “burn-in” issue by moving static images, the issue is still prevalent in all OLEDs irrespective of their size. It is an important issue that must be addressed for widespread adoption of OLEDs.

Projectors, on the other hand, are gaining a large consumer base. It is because of their decreasing prices and improving technologies. Traditionally, LCD and OLED TVs had superior image quality than projectors. Modern projector though can project images with quality that is at par with LCDs and OLEDs. Laser projectors and laser TVs (ultra-short throw projectors) have set a new bar when it comes to image quality and colors. Laser projectors are expensive but so are large-sized displays. Projectors are also more portable as they weigh less and are smaller than LCD and OLED devices. It makes them ideal for individuals who want to move them from one room to another.

LCDs & OLEDs vs Projectors – What Does The Future Hold?

The introduction of rollable LCDs and OLEDs is an important and innovative step in modern display technologies. These panels are still relatively new but show promise because of their unique features. They have an excellent chance of becoming mainstream in the future if manufacturers can solve a few kinks with the technologies and can get their prices down. Rollable LCDs and OLEDs may become the preferred option for consumers in future. 


It doesn’t necessarily imply that projectors are going to vanish completely. Projector technologies have been improving concurrently and will continue to do so in future. As LCDs and OLEDs improve, so will projectors. Laser TVs available today occupy no more space than LGs rollable TV and come packed with numerous features. They are more than capable of holding their own in the race between TVs and projectors.

Ultimately whichever of the two technologies ends dominating the winner will be the consumer. 


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