“The TV Industry Has Innovated Itself Into a Corner”

“The TV Industry Has Innovated Itself Into a Corner”


The words of New York Times’ editors Brian Chen and Nick Wingfield, as the duo aim to highlight that the droves of companies currently showing-off their latest innovations in the consumer television space at this year’s CES, may be missing one golden fact: nobody needs a new television anymore.

“Why bother upgrading or paying more for a fancy new one? Many people don’t. And if you spend much of your time watching streaming video on a tablet or phone, paying for a better TV seems even more pointless,” the report highlights.

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Television manufacturers, however, are not giving up. Just ask: Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President for Home Entertainment at Samsung Electronics America, and he’ll soon tell you why you should buy a curved TV: “Your eye is curved and this TV is also curved,” … “It’s a much more natural feeling.”

NyMag’s Kevin Roose went on the record at the beginning of this week by saying that he’s not attending this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, “[b]ecause life is too short.”

Roose notes, however, that he’s seeing a trend among those who already have a television – not buying a new one, unless they absolutely need it. And he wagers that if someone is in need of a television, they’ll buy a cheap one.

Crisp, high-definition TVs as big as 50 diagonal inches can be had for a few hundred dollars.

Samsung’s new curved TVs – announced for the first-time, earlier this week – will certainly not be cheap when they eventually hit the market, later this year. That’s for sure.

But, that won’t stop the company from trying to sell you one.

In the words of Stinziano:

‘The slightly concave screen cuts down on reflections from ambient lighting, like the ceiling lights in a living room, for example. It also allows people who are sitting off to the sides, away from the central sweet spot, to get a better viewing experience.’

We’ll let you be the judge on if you think Roose is right, or not.