LG’s wireless 97-inch OLED TV: Its sheer size wasn’t the biggest surprise

For years I have been covers TVs on CES and not much surprises me. I’ve seen some wild screens, one like that roll up and those that are as big as they are basically video walls, but early versions and prototypes prepared me for them. When I walked into LG’s suite at a Las Vegas hotel, what I saw across the room came as a big surprise.

And I mean it big. It’s a 97-inch OLED TV, which I only saw then LG introduced it last year, and it remains the largest OLED TV in the world. And since OLED offers the best image quality available, it’s damn impressive in person at that size. But that was not the surprise. For me, the jaw dropped when LG’s representative told me the beautiful, massive 4K the picture was transferred to the TV without any wires. Wireless TV is real, and it’s coming this year.

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Across the room from the TV sat the wireless transmitter box. On the back of the box was standard HDMI plugs and a handful of other connections, and an HDMI cable went to a Blu-ray player. The image on the screen was from a Blu-ray disc, sent wirelessly – and flawlessly, to my eye – from the box to the TV. The top of the box can be rotated to point an internal antenna at the television.

The connection box for the LG M3 wireless TV.

The TV is delivered with a transmitter box. The tab at the top indicates the internal antenna, which can be rotated to aim at the TV.

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The TV itself had no video inputs at all, just bare metal where the TV inputs are usually located at the back. The idea is to reduce wires, the age-old bugaboo of fine TV installations. You, the person who can afford a 97-inch OLED TV, store your AV equipment in a closet out of sight, along with the transmitter box that everything plugs into. All that remains is the power cord for the TV, a cord that LG artfully hidden inside one of the racks.

Sure, any number of TV stands can hold your gear, too. But wireless connectivity allows the TV to stand alone, which looks impressive on one of LG’s easel-like stands (pictured above), and it can greatly simplify a wall-mounted installation.

LG says the box can be placed up to 30 feet from the TV. I asked if the wireless connection was a potential hazard, especially if you’re sitting between the box and the TV, and company representatives told me it wasn’t because it uses similar technology to standard Wi-Fi routers. They also said it wouldn’t be affected by other Wi-Fi traffic. The signal can handle up to 4K, 120Hz resolution, which is pretty much the max for today’s game. It’s also the highest resolution and frame rate most TVs, including LG’s regular 4K OLED models, can accept.

The back panel of the connection box for the LG M3 wireless TV.

The back of the junction box is where you plug in the gear.

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The box has three HDMI inputs, surprising since most high-end TVs have four, but that’s not a deal breaker in my book. The rest of the ports are typical for a TV: antenna, two USB, Ethernet and optical digital output, as well as a serial port for home automation control.

Wireless TVs have been sold in the past, and wireless technology has also appeared in projectors. You can also buy wireless HDMI extender kits for $100 or less, but they usually can’t handle that much bandwidth. This is the first time in years I’ve seen it built into a TV. A company called Displace TV also showed off a wireless OLED model at CES, but it’s a 55-inch battery-powered display 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 will arrive sometime in 2023 with pricing, like the rest of LG’s 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, so whatever the size, the M3 won’t be cheap.

Apart from the M3 LG also introduced three other series of wired OLED TVs at CES 2023.

This product has been selected as one of the Best of CES 2023. Check out the other Best of CES 2023 award winners.

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