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What are the benefits of a curved TV screen?

Manufacturers of curved TV claim the following benefits with a curved TV

  1. The picture on a curved screen appears larger than it is. Samsung describes it as "a wider field of view, so the screen seems bigger".
  2. A better TV image due to the light from the curved TV being focused on to the viewer. LG use words like "immersive experience" and "wraps around the viewer" to describe the advantages of a curved TV.
  3. Curved TV reduces light reflections on the TV screen.

Are these tall claims by curved TV manufacturers. Many seem to think so, even reputed publications and TV magazines. So the best way to find out "which is better curved or flat TV" is by actually watching a curved TV in a TV showroom and deciding for yourself.

What are the problems with curved TV

The main issues with curved TVs are as follows

  1. Wall mounting does not look good
  2. Side view of curved TVs become distorted
  3. Only people sitting right in front of the TV get any claimed benefits of curved TVs.
  4. Curved TVs cost more

What is the idea behind Curved TV

The idea of curved TVs must have originated with the curved screens of movie theatres. Movie theatres have curved screens and it looks like TV manufacturers borrowed this idea for making curved TVs.

The reason Movie theaters have a curved screen is because the projector projecting the picture on to the movie theater screen is way back at the rear of the theater and light beams have to travel a slightly greater distance to reach the left and right edges of the screen. This causes the picture to become distorted and cause an effect called 'Pin-cushion', whereby the image appears to be slightly bent towards the centre. To overcome the Pin-cushion impact, the screen is made curved in such a manner that the position of the projector becomes the center point of the circular arc of the screen. Thus all points on the screen becomes equidistant or of the same distance from the projector.

In TVs the light is generated within the TV itself and so it will not work the same as a theatre movie screen. In all probability, the curved screen TV was or is, just a marketing gimmick.

Compare Samsung LED 4K UHD vs LG OLED Curved TV

Here are links to two very popular models of curved 55 inch TVs from LG and Samsung. The Samsung model is a 4K UHD LED TV whereas the LG is only an HD TV but with OLED screen. Browse through these sites to see what the leading curved TVs today are like.

  1. LG Curved OLED 1080p Full HD Smart TV - 55" Class priced at over $1600-
  2. Samsung 55 inch Class MU7500 Curved 4K UHD TV priced under $900-

Here are the links to see prices of all models of curved TVs from Samsung and LG

OLED is the better technology. For example the respected Digital Trends magazine had this to say about OLED TVs: "Simply put, OLED is the best display technology available today; everything else is a compromise". Visit our OLED page and LED page for more info on these technologies.

Buying TV online

These days buying a TV on line makes more sense, because of the many advantages. You get to buy the TV without much hassle online and the courier Company delivers to your door. If you want installation, it can usually be ordered online at the time of purchase, most of the time included in the price or there may be a very small extra charge. The price of TVs online from Amazon will be cheaper than what is available in your local stores. Service and Warranty are as good as or even better than if you bought it at a local store. The best part is that in case you are not satisfied with the TV, you can return it and get full refund and Amazon will arrange for the courier to pick up the returned item from you.

Links to buy TV online from Amazon

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This is the Link to buy TV online from Amazon UK

This is the Link to buy TV online from Amazon USA


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