Samsung continued the battle for the biggest HDTV in all the land at CES 2014, unveiling sets that range in size from 105 in to a (small in comparison) 50in.
The Korean manufacturer's CES press conference was interrupted, however, by a rather bizarre presentation from director Michael Bay (below), who bolted from the stage following a teleprompter malfunction.
As for the TVs on stage, the flagship device was the 105in curved 4K HDTV (pictured), which Samsung first revealed before CES. The set includes a movie-theatre aspect ratio of 21x9, and boasts 11 million pixels.
If you like the curve, but don't exactly have room in your home for a 105in TV set, Samsung also showed off its U9000 series of curved 4K HDTVs, which come in slightly more manageable 78-, 65-, and 55-in flavours.
"This second generation of Samsung curved screens can also be wall mounted with the specially designed kit, compatible with VESA Standards," Samsung said, for a truly mind-bending TV experience.
But curved is not for everyone, so why not a 110in S9 4K TV? Samsung previously unveiled an 85in ultra HD set, and now that expands to 110in, because why not?
The company's U8550 series, meanwhile, promises advanced 4K picture quality ("it can more precisely render superb details like the wisps of a feather or texture of leather"). It's only 1.2in thick with a 7mm bezel "to create a panel-only illusion." Samsung is offering five screen sizes: 75, 65, 60, 55, and 50in.
But despite the massive, shiny TVs on stage, it was Michael Bay who nabbed the tweets and raised eyebrows at the Samsung presser. The incident prompted a number of jokes on Twitter, though some said they felt sorry for him, as it seemed like Bay had a panic attack of sorts on the stage. See for yourself below.
In a post on his website, Bay explained the mishap. "Wow! I just embarrassed myself at CES," he wrote. "I was about to speak for Samsung for this awesome Curved 105in UHD TV. I rarely lend my name to any products, but this one is just stellar. I got so excited to talk, that I skipped over the Exec VP's intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren't my thing."
Despite the snafu, Bay said he is still "doing a special curved screen experience with Samsung and Transformers 4 footage that will be travelling around the world."