Are curved TVs worth the money?

Latest technology may replace going to the movies, experts say

By Eryka Washington - Investigative Reporter

ORLANDO, Fla. - The latest technology to hit your living room—thanks to Samsung.  It's the curved TV.  It promises a more optimum view of your favorite movies, but is it worth the money?

Home theater expert Shelton Tolbert said you may not need to go to the movies anymore if you own a curved TV.

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"You sit in front of the TV, the TV surrounds you. It's like going to the IMAX theater, it's all about immersion," he said.

The idea is that by curving the image slightly forward … what you're watching seems to "wrap around" you, drawing you deeper into what's on the screen.

The actual curve of the television is nothing major; in fact the curve radius is only 4,200 mm.

"The corners are actually closer to you so it makes things look a little more real, makes you feel like you're there," Tolbert said.

Most people often think they're watching 3D-- that's because curving the edges of the image towards the viewer enhances their sense of depth.

The majority of curved TV's are 4K which means four times the resolution of 1080p in simple terms the picture is much more crisp and radiant and the colors are vibrant.

Manufacturers listened to consumer complaints.

"One of the biggest complaints with flat panel was the colors and viewing angles so with the curve that actually helps with both of those issues," he said.

The curve of the television reduces the glare and enhances the colors, developers attribute that to the way light travels over the screen.

Check out these comparisons:

  • A 55-inch curved TV with 4KI versus the flat-screen also with 4k
    The curved will cost you $3,299 versus the flat-screen $2,299
  • A 65-inch curved TV without 4K is $2,999
  • The 78-inch curved 4K runs between $8,000 to $9,000

Shelton says you have to see to the curved TV in person, those who come in, hands down said it's a no-brainer.

"I think it's 72 percent of people say they would buy a curved TV over a flat-panel," Shelton said.

Those opposed to a curved TV claim

  • It exaggerates reflections and limits viewing angles
  • It has to be big to appreciate the benefits, anything under 65 inches is a waste
  • It looks awkward when hung on the wall
  • And lastly, some argue a curved TV is so expensive right now it'll leave you flat broke

Meanwhile manufactures are hoping consumers lean in the direction of a curved TV.

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