Originally Posted by boe
Yeah - I know - 20 years ago when I had a 35" screen I thought this is as good as it gets. About 8 years ago when I got my 65" screen I thought this is as good as it gets. Now I say why the hell isn't 80" the standard size for big TVs now? ... They need to get TV sizes up and the resolution up for people to want to replace their TVs. Somehow they thought people would want to replace their existing 65" for another 65" just because it had 3D? Bigger TVs - higher resolution - Good for the economy!!
TVs in the 60" and up size apparently still hold a small fraction of the market. Last I read, most sales were in the 40" & under size category.
Unless this has changed during 2012, it suggests that the majority of owners have yet to reach 60 - 65", are not yet "anxious" for larger sets.
The poor economy has almost certainly hurt sales of larger panels. Even if we grant that many households will "find a way" to purchase A HDTV, they may still find themselves limited to smaller sizes, and/or willing to "Settle" for only a 50 - 55" set - which probably fits into the typical home viewing area better in the first place.
Add the fact that just about any programming short of Blu-rays or OTA HD will tend to look somewhere between "Soft" to "Horrible" on a larger panel at the 8 - 12 feet usually given as Normal Viewing Distance, and there seems little incentive for most owners to go beyond 60....
As a more-or-less Dedicated Home Theater set, largely limited to "real" HD material, a large panel probably makes sense ($$ permitting, of course!) - but now you are also running into the Projector market: IF 80", Why Not 120"??