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Does a Curved-Screen TV Really Offer a Better Picture?

Does a Curved-Screen TV Really Offer a Better Picture?

Q. I was thinking of buying a curved TV. They look pretty cool. But I was wondering if they really deliver a better picture? What do you think? — Mickey, Dunkirk, Maryland.

Several TV manufacturers have begun selling curved-screen TVs to cumsumers. These TVs are fairly new to the market, and have a bend at the ends of set which cause a slight bend toward the middle of the screen. If you have not yet had the chance to  see one, they are extremly stylish and can be an amazing conversation starter when added to your home theater system.

According to the TV manufacturers, the curved-screens on their TVs  do a few things that the traditional flat-screen set is not able to do. For one, these TVs that maintain the curve creates a much wider viewing angle. This allows people sitting in different areas of a room to see the same picture. “Not a bad seat in the house,” claims Sony.

Secondly, these curved-screen TVs are supposed to create the effect of immersion. Immersion means your eyes will gravitate towards the middle of the TV screen and you will be more likely to lose yourself in the viewing experience of the movie or show.

Curved-screens first debuted at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. Since their debute, there has been very little debate among tech critics over the legitimacy of these claims. Their higher than normal price tags have kept them out of the mainstream consumers site, and off the shelves of most big box electronics retailers.

However as the prices have dropped a considerable amount in the past six monthes or so, consumers are now seeing curved-screens at stores such as Best Buy, HH Gregg, ABC Warehouse as well as several others. The increased retail exposure has caused some display experts to now offer their opinions on the pros and cons of buying a curved-screen TV.

And not surprisingly, most of  the opinions are not very positive. One example of this is CNET’s David Katzmaier, a noted display crtic and journalist, who has written that “the impact of the curve on the picture is subtle and it provides no increase in immersion.” He did go on to say that the curve of the TVs screen can help reduce picture reflections, but his overall  judgment is that the curve on these TVs is purely “cosmetic”, nothing more.

As prices come down, more and more people will purchase these types of televisions to have as the new “IT” item, an electronic status symbol if you will.




Samsung Plans to Exit the Business of Plasma TVs

Samsung Plans to Exit the Business of Plasma TVs

Reuters released a report yesterday stating that Samsung will stop the production of its’ Plasma TVs on November 30, 2014 which follows competitor Panasonic’s decision six months ago to end its Plasma business as well. Rumors have stated the company’s decision was based on the falling demand for Plasma sets.

With both Samsung and now Panasonic out of the Plasma TV business, that will leave LG as the only manufacturer of Plasma TV  sets. LG has been focusing much of its attention on 4K and OLED TVs, so it only seems likely that it too will end production of Plasma TVs in the coming months.

What was once a cultural icon and status symbol in the United States, the Plasma TV was soon surpassed in sales by first the LCD, then LED models due to a variety of reasons, which included marketing mishaps, as well as company mishaps within the industry. Even though most industry experts agree that Plasma produces a superior picture, the best products do not always weather the storm of the consumer market.

It can be expected that with Samsung’s decision to stop production of Plasma TVs, it is safe to say that Plasma TVs will soon become a thing of the past, much like Atari game systems, and Beta tape recorders.




Comcast Cable Hoping to Carry SEC Network

Comcast Cable Hoping to Carry SEC Network

Comcast Cable released a statement saying they are close to finalizing an agreement to carry the SEC Network, reports Fox Sports.


The regional sports channel is owned by Disney, who also owns ESPN, and launches on August 14, 2014. They will be broadcasting live SEC football and basketball games, as well as other conference specific sporting events.


Comcast spokesman John Demming states that the cable provider and the SEC Network are “working out final details” of a carriage agreement that both sides can be happy with.

“We expect to come to an agreement in the near future,” Demming added.

Once a deal is reached between Comcast and the SEC Network, it would leave the other two big dogs in the TV providing business out in the cold. Neither DIRECTV nor Time Warner Cable have been able to come to terms with the SEC Network. Both DISH and AT&T have come to terms and signed carriage deals with the SEC Network.





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