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Off-The-Wall TV Tech

@juliannetwin

January 9, 2014

3D-TVs are so 2008. And 4K? What is this, 2013? I want what’s hot – what’s now. Not what might as well be made out of mud and sticks. What I want is curved Ultra HD TVs.

They’re everywhere at CES 2014. And as sophisticated as these screens might be, it begs the question, “Is there any real value to the consumer?” After speaking with Samsung and LG representatives, I’ve officially drunk the Kool-Aid: curved TVs will make TV viewing better.

Visual perception is peripheral. As humans, we observe things directly in front of us and to the far left and right in a curved way. When viewing something completely flat, the distance from its center is closer to our eyes than the distance from the far left and far right corners. When the edges curve in at the perfect angle, these distances are all identical, making the viewing experience more similar to the real life experience. It’s like watching 3D television without the need for 3D.

In addition, OLED Ultra HD screens (like the LG 77EC9800 pictured below) are 4K, providing resolution 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall, dwarfing current models at 1080p. LG even spoke about their extra white pixels to the RGB standard, adding even sharper greys and black colors.

So whether you are watching sports, a movie or playing a video game, the curved television will give you more depth and a complete immersive entertainment experience. And, mount this curved UHD TV on your walls at home and there’s a perfect spot for some slick wall mounted wireless speakers hidden nicely on the edges behind the curve.

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The Return of Appointment TV

@johnsolit

January 9, 2014

The Internet was the original media disruptor. It was a new heavyweight contender in the fight for consumer eyeballs and it started us down an irreversible path towards instantaneous-or-nothing content consumption. The Internet turned entertainment access into a zero sum game. Cable met this new shift head on with DVRs, content streaming, and by supporting…