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View Poll Results: Which you prefer - a flat or curved screen?
Flat 156 86.19%
Curved 16 8.84%
Flexible - even if it requires a heavy and bulky stand 3 1.66%
I'd like to buy one of each 6 3.31%
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Poll - would you prefer a flat screen or curved?

I'm curious why the manufacturers are going in one direction or the other for their flagship TVs. Not many (if any) offer a choice of curved or flat on the flagship models.


Which would you prefer?

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You're asking a question about a new TV innovation on a forum filled with traditionalists unwilling to accept change without lots of poking and prodding.

What do you think the response is going to be?

This is why you hear so much whining about 3D and higher framerates too. Just wait until they invent holograms - you'll hear complaining about that too.
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You're asking a question about a new TV innovation on a forum filled with traditionalists unwilling to accept change without lots of poking and prodding.

What do you think the response is going to be?

This is why you hear so much whining about 3D and higher framerates too. Just wait until they invent holograms - you'll hear complaining about that too.
I think this forum is filled with people seeking the best in audio and video equipment which usually is in the newer models and they tend to trend towards what bells and whistles succeed and which are unimportant providing pricing is acceptable.
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UN65HU9000 for my bedroom - now allows me to fit a 65" screen in my cabinet, where only a 60" flat would fit, and I only watch dead on.

UN55HU7250 for the wife's bedroom because she finds a 55" flat `Too Big!', where as the 55" curved appears to her, to have a smaller profile. Again, she only watches dead on.

For the basement - Flat 64" for now - future - 78 to 85" flat. Different seating angles, and lots of room on an open topped stand.
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Flat screen, curved screen just looks fugly and strange and a complete waste of money, no thanks.
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You're asking a question about a new TV innovation on a forum filled with traditionalists unwilling to accept change without lots of poking and prodding.

What do you think the response is going to be?
The response is basically what it should be. In no way is this a TV innovation. That's just what the marketing dept. wants you to believe. I even bought a curved TV (OLED). After having lived with it for 10 months, I have no particular preference. However, for the purpose of 3D, I would much prefer flat thanks to crosstalk outside of the rather confined sweet spot. I'd also take a flat TV simply because it's more affordable to make, and I hope the manufacturer passes those cost savings down to me.
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I'm curious why some people like curved. For me they aren't good but they must be for others.
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As a owner of both, i have to say that flat screen is just perfect for my needs. For example i can hang it on a wall where the curved just looks weird imo!

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The Curve Produced Streaking Glares

I tried one from Samsung and couldn't stand the glare of any light facing the screen at all. The glare was smeared terribly. It got returned!
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You're asking a question about a new TV innovation on a forum filled with traditionalists unwilling to accept change without lots of poking and prodding.

What do you think the response is going to be?

This is why you hear so much whining about 3D and higher framerates too. Just wait until they invent holograms - you'll hear complaining about that too.
I somewhat disagree.

People who frequent this forum are not the target market for these curved TV's. They are targeting those who have very little TV tech knowledge but have money burning a hole in their pockets. The idea is that people will see the curved screen and equate that to IMAX. Or that different plus new equals better. Most here of course recognize the gimmick for what it is and are not suckered in. But we are less than 1% of the market here.
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UN65HU9000 for my bedroom - now allows me to fit a 65" screen in my cabinet, where only a 60" flat would fit, and I only watch dead on.

UN55HU7250 for the wife's bedroom because she finds a 55" flat `Too Big!', where as the 55" curved appears to her, to have a smaller profile. Again, she only watches dead on.

For the basement - Flat 64" for now - future - 78 to 85" flat. Different seating angles, and lots of room on an open topped stand.
I had a hard time getting past the "my bedroom and wife's bedroom" part.
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I had a hard time getting past the "my bedroom and wife's bedroom" part.
Wife likes to wake up in the middle of the night and turn the TV on, and wake me up - now with it in her room, she runs it all night!
Wife going through that time of life, and I find all that fan noise hard to sleep with.
6" walls, insolated, and I can still hear her snore!
Fact: 45% of new houses are built with 2 Master Bedrooms! Samsung and others like it - twice as many TVs sold!
If you're young, just married - yeah same room, same TV, until there's a difference of opinion what you're going to watch! (Also known fact - TV in the bedroom means 65% less love life! TV manufacturer's have got to love it!)
So with only one person watching, why not a curved set?
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Wife likes to wake up in the middle of the night and turn the TV on, and wake me up - now with it in her room, she runs it all night!
Wife going through that time of life, and I find all that fan noise hard to sleep with.
6" walls, insolated, and I can still hear her snore!
Fact: 45% of new houses are built with 2 Master Bedrooms! Samsung and others like it - twice as many TVs sold!
If you're young, just married - yeah same room, same TV, until there's a difference of opinion what you're going to watch! (Also known fact - TV in the bedroom means 65% less love life! TV manufacturer's have got to love it!)
So with only one person watching, why not a curved set?
We checked out the Samsung with an open mind and didn't like it. Felt it was "gimmicky." We bought Sony 4KTVs instead for multiple rooms.
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I spent years looking for a TV which didn't suffer from geometric distortion. Why would I buy a TV which deliberately introduces it?
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I'm curious why some people like curved. For me they aren't good but they must be for others.

Correct me if I am wrong. Curved screens only advantage is light reflection. So, if your in a room that has a lot of light where reflection is a problem, A curved screen would help a lot in this case.


I would think that it would cause viewing angle problems, as it could be a problem depending on where people are sitting in the room.


I looked over them, even though a minor price difference, I decided to get a flat screen. Could not be happier.

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^It could improve them, but depending on your seating position (and the location of the light source) could also make them much worse (think of funhouse mirrors that distort your reflection).
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I wonder if Samsung ever did an unbiased study on this.
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Curved screens are the worst gimmick I've ever seen in store displays! I have no idea where Samsung got this idea from, nor do I want to...but I can tell you that I'm thinking, and I'm going out on a limb here. I'm thinking that these curved TVs came from the computer monitor idea, since a lot of these PC gamers want that "surround video" of sorts, that's probably where this came from. Not sure, but I don't really care for that "surround vision" style of watching TV or movies.

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I don't mind them offering a choice, it just bugs me when a manufacturer has ALL their high end models with curves only or you can pay even more and get a flexible one only so you can have an even more expensive TV that you want to be flat all the time anyways.
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Here's a recent article about curved TVs:

CES: Curved TV Sales Falling Flat

"Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2015) - Despite the hype, sales of the curved-screen TV will likely represent only
about one percent of overall global TV sales in 2015, according to the Consumer Electronics Association." . . . . . .


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Here's a recent article about curved TVs:

CES: Curved TV Sales Falling Flat

"Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2015) - Despite the hype, sales of the curved-screen TV will likely represent only
about one percent of overall global TV sales in 2015, according to the Consumer Electronics Association." . . . . . .


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I hope everyone at Samsung get's forwarded a copy of this
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Over 86% prefer flats...

Yippee-ki-yay...
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Here's a recent article about curved TVs:

CES: Curved TV Sales Falling Flat

"Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2015) - Despite the hype, sales of the curved-screen TV will likely represent only
about one percent of overall global TV sales in 2015, according to the Consumer Electronics Association." . . . . . .


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Silly numbers. Only high end TV's that are a tiny percentage of TV's sold are even curved to begin with. Of course curved TV's would have a low over-all uptake rate. Simply genius!

99% of TV's sold are in the sub-$2000 market that curved TV's don't even exist.
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Here's a recent article about curved TVs:

CES: Curved TV Sales Falling Flat

"Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2015) - Despite the hype, sales of the curved-screen TV will likely represent only
about one percent of overall global TV sales in 2015, according to the Consumer Electronics Association." . . . . . .


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http://www.tvpredictions.com/curve010515.htm

LG's new 4K TV showed at CES 2015 can do Curved and Flat both at the same time. I guess TV manufacturers realized people what best of both world, and i say why not that way 1 TV to rule them all

The top-of-the-line 77-inch 77EG9900 is flexible enough to do both.

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LG's new 4K TV showed at CES 2015 can do Curved and Flat both at the same time. I guess TV manufacturers realized people what best of both world, and i say why not that way 1 TV to rule them all

The top-of-the-line 77-inch 77EG9900 is flexible enough to do both.
I wouldn't want it - makes it heavier, reducing the choice of mounting brackets and it makes the unit thicker, last but not least it adds to the cost of the unit.
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LG's new 4K TV showed at CES 2015 can do Curved and Flat both at the same time. I guess TV manufacturers realized people what best of both world, and i say why not that way 1 TV to rule them all

The top-of-the-line 77-inch 77EG9900 is flexible enough to do both.


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I wouldn't want it - makes it heavier, reducing the choice of mounting brackets and it makes the unit thicker, last but not least it adds to the cost of the unit.
Have you looked at 77EG9900 it is slim as it gets!

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LG's new 4K TV showed at CES 2015 can do Curved and Flat both at the same time. I guess TV manufacturers realized people what best of both world, and i say why not that way 1 TV to rule them all

The top-of-the-line 77-inch 77EG9900 is flexible enough to do both.



Have you looked at 77EG9900 it is slim as it gets!
You'll notice they do their best to hide that (the others do that as well so I'm not casting any stones).

Just the screen is slim - the back and the mechanism are NOT.
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And this surprises you?
Not in the slightest... I'm telling you, it's a "fad" that will certainly not take off. 4K, however, has a future, just not in the curved variety.
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I wish Samsung made some flat - not bendable flagship models. I don't like when my options are limited when there are so few flagship TVs over 65" to choose from.
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