Shinoda Plasma prepping 142-inch 720p "PTA" display for next year

It's never easy keeping track of the largest HDTV out there, and then there's all that display technology bickering to be done -- do outdoor LED displays count, or how about rear projection? Today's "largest" flavor of the week is this new 142-inch Plasma Tube Array from Shinoda Plasma. The good news is that this plasma-based bad boy boasts a 720p resolution, 1,000 nits of brightness and a contrast ratio of 10,000:1. The bad news is that the asking price is "several tens of million yen" (a few hundred thousand dollars), and the 3 x 2 meter display is composed of 1 x 1 meter squares that are slapped together on site. That cuts down shipping costs, but means you're not going to get a seamless picture -- which is fine for most commercial applications that this thing is primarily built for, but does nothing for our Super Bowl plans. The display will start shipping in small quantities in 2008, with about 200 total planned for production.