This year at CES TV’s have been one of the main things on show, from 4K TV’s, to curved TV’s, all the way to Michael Bay walking off stage during your TV presentation, CES has seen it all. But the most interesting thing about all these new TV’s is the introduction of the the curved TV and on Monday Samsung revealed the worlds first curved UHD TV. But the question is, are curved TV’s worth the extra money, or should you just stick to your standard shape TV?
Well the answer is its up to you and if you can afford it because with the addition of curved TV’s they bring a whole host of advantages. And even though they’re not a ground breaking innovation, since they’re used in commercial cinemas and now finding their way into high end home cinemas, many projection screen manufacturers have been producing these curved screen for quite a while now.
The benefits of curved TV
One of the biggest advantages with curved screens is you’re able to focus more light toward the user, another is the similarities they share with the human eye, they’re both curved, so this gives the potential for an image to be equidistant to your eyes. Another advantage is the ability to fill the viewers field of view, for example if you’re sitting to the left of the screen, you could have to image practically wrapped around you. This is how Samsung describes the benefits of a curved screen “The curved panel allows the distance between the user and the TV screen to be the same from almost any angle” So by their definition they want the viewing experience to be the same regardless of where you are sitting.
The problems with curved
But the problem doesn’t lie with curved screens, but lies with curved screen TV’s. To even get the benefit of the wraparound image or even just the benefit of a more natural image that is equidistant from the eye you need to make sure you’re sitting in a specific place. And usually that place is a cinema, a big enough area with lots of places to sit, admittedly the people at the sides don’t get the best effect, but the people in the middle will. So with a smaller curved screen, that perfect spot suddenly becomes a lot smaller.
Now time for some Maths, Dennis Burger of HomeTechTell luckily has already done the Maths for us and the necessary research. He has figured that at a distance of 90 inches, the TV would need a curve of about 3 inches, and LG’s curved TV is 5 inches, deeper than what Dennis recommends. How much different is that, well this means that LG’s perfect position would be 134 inches away which is over 11 feet. Not only is this farther than what people sit away from their TV, it also means it might as well be in 720p because its so far away. So to achieve LG’s perfect spot, you have to sit so far away the screen will be tiny.
So if you buy a new curved TV when they come out you have to sit at a rather precise distance, too far or too close and you’ll lose the curves benefits. Remember this is all for one person, add several of your friends then all of the benefits are lost. So lets just hope that over the next year we start to see a lot more curved TV’s which actually work and are in a normal persons price range. Because to be honest not many people can afford LG’s new 105 inch curved 4K TV coming in at $69,999.