Curved TV – What is better than Flat One?

Curved TVs – The leading manufacturers of TV, LG and Samsung are of the strong view that the future belongs to curved TV screens. However, there is no scientific base to have such an opinion, and it is perhaps a wishful thinking born out of the intense desire to be ‘different’. 

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Let us talk about the pros of a curved TV. The biggest argument put forth in favor of a curved TV is that the curving of the image slightly forward makes the viewer feel wrapped around in the world he is watching. The image enters slightly more into the watcher’s peripheral vision, thus drawing him even deeper into the world he is watching. Secondly, the curve enhances the depth sense. Despite the source being 2D, it gives the feeling of 3D. It is the experience of most viewers of curved TVs. The curving of the edges of the images towards the viewers increases the visual perception of depth in watching. Thirdly, the edges of images bending towards the viewers makes them feel to be seeing wider images than in case of flat screens. Fourthly, the contrast in curved TVs is better than that of non-curved screens. It is argued that the light emanating from the curved screens falls directly into the eyes of the viewer. Although, it could not have been verified comparing it with a flat screen TV, but it is a fact coming out of experience that as on date curved TVs have excelled in contrast department. Fifthly, the curved TV screens deliver a more comfortable and focused image than flat screens. This view seems to have its origin in the use of curved screens in commercial cinemas as the curve helps retain sharpness of images. Samsung has taken this quality seriously, and employing it in its products extensively. Sixthly, a curved screen provides one with a wider viewing angle as the emitted light adjusts to give contrast and color more vividly. Lastly, the curve provides a cool look to the TV.

However, critics point to various deficiencies in the curved TVs, and see no improvements over the flat ones. First, curved TVs exaggerate reflection of light. If the room has a light which reflects into the TV, the reflection on the curved screen is stretched and distorted on a wide area than would happen in a flat screen. Hence, one has to control lighting in the TV viewing room. Second, against the argument of supporters, its opponents claim that the curve limits the viewing angles. It is said that this problem arises only when one gets to around 35 degrees on either side of directly opposite the screen. Third, most of the benefits of the curve can be had only on being on the sweet spot. One needs to sit right in front and middle of the curved screen to get the best view. Also, the curved screen needs to be big enough as small curved screen is not so impressive. Fifth, the curved screens look awkward when these are hung up. No doubt, these pop out a little. Lastly, but more importantly, curved TVs are more expensive than flat ones while offering hardly anything better.