IKEA unveils HDTVs built into furniture


(CBS News) IKEA, the furniture retail giant, launched a solution for cluttered home entertainment centers.

Now instead of separate electronic devices and entertainment center, there is just one piece of furniture - the Uppleva. The all-in-one unit ncludes an HDTV, Blu-ray/DVD/CD players and MP3 and iPod player, which are all integrated with IKEA furniture. Each unit also comes with a wireless subwoofer.

The result is a sleek-looking entertainment center with IKEA's signature clean and modern look.

According to ZDNET, IKEA partnered with Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL (RCA in the U.S.) to create the entertainment center. The TV screens are available in sizes from 24 inches to 46 inches. The unit  will retail around $960 and comes in black, gray and blue.

Uppleva will be available in Stockholm, Milan, Paris, Gdansk and Berlin in June. Retailers in Sweden, Italy, France, Poland, Denmark, Spain, Norway and Portugal will see the entertainment center the fall. American most likely will have to wait until next spring to see the unit hit store shelves.

IKEA is a worldwide retail chain that specializes in furniture that is ready-to-assemble. The company has 280 stores in 25 countries.