Toshiba: Cell TV too powerful for Europe

Scaled-down version available next year

Super-TV "not right fit" for Europe

Techradar has an exclusive interview with Toshiba discussing its successor to the super-powerful Cell TV. The interview follows Toshiba’s announcement of the Cevo TV chipset at IFA yesterday and the confirmation that Cell TV is officially dead in Europe; citing prohibitive price and lack of demand for high-end electronics as the main barrier.

Cell TV is currently out in Japan and features a specs list that makes grown men weep. It has eight separate HD tuners, on-the-fly 2D to stereoscopic 3D conversion, wireless connectivity, a 1TB hard drive, a DVD player, 3840 x 2160 max resolution, it can fly and make you a damn fine cup of coffee on the side. OK, maybe not the coffee bit.

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The new Cevo chipset has “Cell DNA” within, according to Toshiba’s Andrew Line but the technology has been “optimised” to better suit the European market. Gone are the eight TV tuners and 3D conversion, but time-shifting TV is in, as is web access, presumably bringing the price down to a more acceptable level.

The first Cevo-powered TVs are predicted to arrive in the UK in 2011. Stay tuned to T3.com, the T3 Facebook page and Twitter streams for more details as they emerge.

Link: Techradar