Frank's 2000 Inch TV
aka: Jumbo Tron
Notice the skyscrapers being dwarfed.
The picture's crystal clear and everything is magnified
Robert DeNiro's mole has got to be ten feet wide
Everybody in the town
Can hear those 90,000 watts of Dolby sound
And I'm mighty proud to say
Now I can watch The Simpsons from thirty blocks away
Frank's 2000" TV. Still a relatively uncommon sight, but starting to gain in popularity as larger and larger screens are possible. This is really little more than a giant television, usually on the side of a building. There's one in Times Square in New York, at least one in Tokyo, and often their slightly smaller cousins are present in Elaborate Underground Bases
. Jumbotrons are a close, but comparatively tiny, relative.
Often used for advertising in the sort of Dystopian future that has a lot of Corrupt Corporate Executives
in it. In a particularly bad one, it could also be used so that Big Brother Is Watching You
In Real Life
a 2000" TV would be about 80 feet (24.1 meters) high, assuming a 16:9 aspect ratio; the older 4:3 ratio would make it 100 feet (30.5 meters) high.
Not related to the Frank of TV
, or the 2000 Inch TV's Frank.
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Anime and Manga
- They're everywhere in Code Geass.
- In Kemeko Deluxe! the Mishima Industries headquarters has what appears to be a 2,000-foot screen, going by the relative sizes of the screen and the neighboring buildings.
- Often seen in Death Note, the most visible case being the broadcast of L's taunting of Kira - visible not only on TV, but also on large outdoor screens.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has them, both in mid-air film projectors (which works... how, exactly?) in the first half of the series, and on the building-mounted screens apparently all over the place in Kamina City in the second half.
- Blade Runner, with the huge screens on the sides of skyscrapers showing endless looped ads for
- The gigantic digital time-and-date clock in Freejack that tells the hero he just woke up in the future. Also, the gigantic screen with his Wanted Poster displayed on it.
- The huge screen from which the Chancellor addresses his top lieutenants in the movie version of V for Vendetta.
- Seen in Times Square during the World Unity Festival in the first Spider-Man movie.
- In The Simpsons Movie, Big Bad Russ Cargill speaks to the citizens of Springfield through a giant video display on the dome enclosing the town.
- Repo! The Genetic Opera has one that floats in the air and broadcasts ads for the eponymous Genetic Opera.
- The walls of the GeneCo building show various ads.
- In the Ralph Bakshi animated movie Wizards, the Big Bad Blackwolf uses a magic movie projector to project old Nazi propaganda movies onto the sky to dishearten his enemies and boost the morale of his own troops.
- Used here when the main character leaves the building there are loads of TV screens everywhere. Clearly a shout-out to Half-Life 2, where Dr Breen broadcasts messages to the masses via large TV screens dotted around.
- WALL•E's Buy n Large corp has giant hologram ads everywhere, including the moon.
- The telescreens in 1984.
- The wall-sized TV sets in Fahrenheit451. Definitely portrayed as a negative influence; citizens have gotten so involved in their TV watching that most of them don't really care that books are banned.
Live Action TV
- There's always a monster-sized viewscreen at the front of The Bridge in the various incarnations of Star Trek. The TNG screen looks particularly grand and impressive. Justified as this screen is intended to double up as the traditional car windscreen (a huge sheet of glass on a spaceship expected to enter combat isn't very practical). The screen also had holographic 3D depth. You can notice it when we are looking at the characters and the screen in the same frame. The holographic projectors can also be seen in some shots on Star Trek: Voyager when the screen is on the blink.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Shown in establishing shots of Cardassia Prime to give their society an Orwellian look.
- The Trope Namer is "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Frank's 2000-Inch TV", which is entirely about his neighbour getting such a huge TV. This might a good thing if you share Frank's taste in viewing material, and incentive to move to another town if you don't.
- The Titantron on WWE shows, besides being used to display entrance videos, the match going on in the ring, and any backstage antics to the crowd, is often used by characters to address the crowd or other characters directly.
- The World Ends with You features an early mission that involves helping a young businessman advertise a certain pin brand, and making sure that people watch an ad for it played on one of these in Shibuya's famous scramble crossing. In fact, the Real Life scramble crossing has three of these.
- Half-Life 2 has jumbotron screens all over the city. Initially, Dr Breen makes announcements on them, then (after the fall) Dr Kleiner.
- The SeeDs interrupting a national broadcast and blowing their cover on one of these kicks off most of the plot of Final Fantasy VIII.
- Syndicate Wars features several billboard-size videoscreens showing ads as well as a digital drive-through theatre.
- You can potentially win one — a 2600" one — in the second arena of Smash TV.
- They're all over the place in the future Earth of Samurai Jack. 90% have Aku endorsing some product or other. How many times is he going to eat that burger!?
- Played with in various ways by Futurama, from the big screen the Planet Express Delivery ship crashes into during the opening credits Couch Gag, to the huge LCD digital clock display on clock towers.
- There was a 300 inch screen on board the Planet Express Ship during the events of Into The Wild Green Yonder. It was smashed in frustration after it broadcast an ad for a 301 inch screen.
- Even later, in a blink and you'll miss it gag, they are watching a 308'' television. Only for it to be advertising a 312''.
- In the Goofy short How to Hook Up Your Home Theater, Goofy buys a 1200" set, so big his house has to be lifted up in order to deliver it.
- On Jimmy Two-Shoes, several large screens hover over Miseryville, which Lucius uses to address the public.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, the one in Times Square often shows J. Jonah Jameson publicly dissing the Webhead as he passes by. It's as if JJJ knew Spidey was there.
- In The Simpsons episode "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", Sideshow Bob appears on a Tyrannovision screen at the Airforce base when forcing Springfield to ban TV. (Yes, he was aware of the irony.)
- Real life example: Many Strip-facing signs/marquees at the newer/better hotels on the Las Vegas Strip include giant TV screens (usually one for each side of the sign), each at least the size of a Jumbotron, airing looped ads for their shows, restaurants, etc. Much of the Strip exterior of Planet Hollywood consists of giant screens, each airing a different set of ads; Wynn Las Vegas adds the twist that its marquee is taller than it is wide, and the hotel sign travels up and down it to "change" the ads.
- Giant screens are common at stadia and other sports venues.
- Until May of 2011, the world's largest video screen was at the Dallas Cowboys stadium, at over 25,000 square feet (according to their official publicity, which makes it a 2105-inch TV.
- The world's largest HD video board currently at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It was finished in May 2011.
- Texas Motor Speedway is building one that will dethrone the one in Charlotte, with a 218 by 94.6 foot television screen, nicknamed "Big Hoss". It'll be finished in time for the April 2014 race at the track.
- Giant electronic billboards are becoming more and more common by the day in cities all over the world.
- This picture◊ from Ukraine shows the surreal consequence of such a device breaking down at night: a giant Windows error message floating in midair.
- Piccadilly Circus◊ in London has multiple neon and video signs covering an entire street.