Originally Posted by 5x10
It's price point eliminates it from 99% of the market
Just to clarify, it's price eliminates it from 99.99% of the market. The $8,000 and $10,000 models are already eliminated from 99% of the market. Quite a bit more in fact.
While I don't have this year's sales numbers, the U.S. is roughly a 40-45 million TVs per year market. 1% of that is, therefore, around 400,000 units.
The entire market for 70" and up wasn't even that many as recently as 2012. It might
have gotten there in 2013 thanks to lower pricing by Sharp and Vizio.
If you start to consider the market for TVs of 78" and up and also $8,000 and up (or whatever the cheapest of those models at the shootout is), in the U.S. you are probably looking at 0.1% or 40,000 units, nationally, over the course of the year.
Now, move up to the 120" class and you are looking at a market literally in the hundreds of units when priced where Samsung is at. (If anything, I'm exaggerating the market size. It's probably below 100.) If we use 400, we are talking 400 out of 40 million. That's .001% if I did my math right.
(It's worth casually mentioning that if Vizio released its own gigantic 120" set and priced it at the "insane" level of, say, $40,000, that would likely result in a market for a few thousand units. So you'd be in the 0.01% magnitude.
The shootout has never represented such a tiny fringe before.