The Future of Projectors

A projector shining in a dark room

For many years now there has been a great debate as to whether or not projectors are a dying viewing medium. Even now, if you just go to your search engine, type “projectors”, and sort by news I am confident to say that you will see one or two articles that say something like: “Influencer’s Name can see the end of the projection industry”, or, “Projectors Still Shining Over Televisions – An Industry with a Bright Past and Brighter Future”. You might even see both of those opinions on the same search engine result page, I certainly have.

This article will be highlighting some of the key points in both sides of the argument to help you gain a better understanding of the future of projectors, and whether or not it’s likely for event planners to switch from projector rentals to TV solutions anytime soon.

Why People Believe Projectors are Dying:

Video Wall in an office

LCD walls and LED television displays are becoming much easier to afford, and image quality on TV screens is better than it has ever been with most, if not all, television companies trying to produce more and more ultra-high definition 4K resolution displays. This is one of the two main areas where projectors have significantly fallen behind, and everyone who has made the argument that projectors will not be around ten years in the future knows this.

The second area where projectors have fallen behind in is light output. Simply put, if you have a television and a projector that are around the same price, the television will be able to produce more light than a projector in most scenarios. Dimming the lights when watching movies or shows on a television is an optional thing people do to set the mood, but dimming the lights for some projectors is just par the course for actually being able to see what is being projected.

The Case for Projectors:

Finally onto the positive, let’s start with the big one: getting a large venue projector rental (or even buying a projector) is far cheaper than renting a large amount of televisions or a dozen video walls. High-lumen projectors are still currently more cost efficient at creating an image over a large canvas-covered area than a large array of televisions occupying the same space.

Another factor to consider is that projectors still dominate a unique market familiar to performers and event planners. Projectors are still the most viable display option for images that require 3D mapping, such as the “hologram” of Tupac Shakur that appeared at Coachella in 2012. While 3D image production is a very niche market, it is still substantial enough that on its own this field could keep projectors alive and kicking for the foreseeable future.

Projector Rentals for Light Shows and Festivals

Conclusion:

While televisions are getting higher quality resolutions and cheaper to produce, so too are projectors, and currently projectors are already the most affordable AV option for people who need large displays. Televisions may now be cutting into the market shares of projector companies, but projectors aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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