LG’s Wireless 97-Inch OLED TV: Its Massive Size Wasn’t the Biggest Surprise

I have been there for years including TVs of CES and not much surprises me. I’ve seen wild screens, those roll up and very large basically video walls, but earlier versions and examples prepared me for that. When I entered LG’s hotel suite in Las Vegas, what I saw across the room surprised me.

And I mean it big. 97-inch OLED TV, when I first saw it LG introduced it last year, and is still the largest OLED TV in the world. And since OLED offers the best picture quality available, it’s very impressive in person for that size. But that was no surprise. For me, the jaw-dropper came when the LG representative told me the good, big deal 4K the image was beamed to the TV without wires. Wireless TV is real, and it’s coming this year.

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Across the room from the TV sat a wireless transmission box. The back of the box was level HDMI plugs and other small connections, and one HDMI cable ran to the Blu-ray player. The image on the screen was from a Blu-ray disc, sent wirelessly — and flawlessly, to my eyes — from the box to the TV. The top of the box can be rotated to direct the internal antenna to the television.

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LG M3 wireless TV connection box.

The TV comes with a transmission box. The top tab indicates the internal antenna, which can be rotated to point at the TV.

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The TV itself had no video input at all, just a bare metal where TV inputs usually sit on the back. The idea is to reduce cables, that old bugaboo of good TV installation. You, the person who can’t afford a 97-inch OLED TV, keep your AV gear inside the cabinet so it’s out of sight, and the transmission box where everything is connected. That leaves only the power cord for the TV, an LG cord that’s cleverly hidden inside one of the stand’s legs.

Of course, any number of TV stands can hold your items. But the wireless connection allows the TV to stand alone, which looks impressive on one of LG’s easel-like stands (pictured above) and can make it very easy to mount on a wall.

LG says the box can be located up to 30 feet from the TV. I asked if the wireless connection is a potential risk, especially if you are sitting between the box and the TV, and the company representatives told me that it is not because it uses the same technology in standard Wi-Fi routers. They also say it won’t affect other people’s Wi-Fi. The signal can carry up to 4K, 120Hz resolution, which is the highest rating for today’s games. It’s also the highest resolution and frame rate that most TVs, including regular LG 4K OLED models, can accept.

LG M3 wireless TV connection box back panel.

The back of the junction box is where you connect the gear.

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The box has three HDMI inputs, which is surprising since most high-end TVs have four, but that’s not a deal breaker in my book. Other ports are standard on the TV: antenna, two USB, Ethernet and optical digital out, and a serial port for home automation.

Wireless TVs have been sold in the past, and wireless technology has also appeared in projectors. You can also buy HDMI extender kits for $100 or less, but they usually can’t handle that high bandwidth. It’s the first time in years that I’ve seen it made into TV. A company called Displace TV also showed off a wireless OLED model at CES, but it’s a 55-inch, battery-powered screen designed for portability.

In addition to the 97-inch size LG will release its wireless OLED, called the M3 series, in 83- and 77-inch sizes. LG says it’s coming sometime in 2023 with pricing, like LG’s other 2023 TVs, still to be determined. For reference, LG charges $25,000 for its standard, wired 97-inch OLED TV and $2,900 for a 77-inch one, so no matter the size, the M3 won’t be cheap.

Besides the M3 LG was also introduced another series of wired OLED TVs at CES 2023.

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