Originally Posted by navychop
Fact is, industry sees the "sweet spot" of HDTVs settling in at around 40 some inches. The market for larger drops off pretty fast past 60", it seems. The market for large projection or any 80" plus size, will remain quite small. A profitable niche, perhaps, but still rather small. And most of the world has little use for large screen TVs, given their smaller abodes.
I think a lot of that probably has to do with cost, the hassle of moving a display that size, and how much of an eyesore a massive TV is in anything other than a dedicated "video room" or "home theatre room" which is not that common.
Assuming that costs are brought down, having a display that size which is transparent when off, boosts the "acceptance factor" considerably. Aside from a base with the other electronics in it, it only has an impact on the room when it's on.
In an open-plan space, I can envision things being set up in such a way that your TV area is nice and open when the display is off, but the display itself sections off the room when turned on and becomes (mostly?) opaque.
The same argument could be made for a massive rollable display that either rises from a motorised base, or drops down from the ceiling like a projection screenwithout the need for a large, hot and loud projector that needs constant maintenance and frequent bulb changes, or needing to have the room completely blacked out to get even a halfway good picture. (and even still, projected images are low contrast unless you have ideal conditions to avoid room reflections)
Or simply a rollable display that is fixed into a rigid frame once you get home with it. It would still have the impact on the room that any large display does (though it could be thinner) but it avoids potential stress on the display from constantly rolling/unrolling it and makes it far easier to deal with for anyone that rents or moves houses more frequently than they change displays. Even with smaller screens in the 40-50" range, there are people who simply sell the display along with the house because they don't want to go through the hassle of moving it. (this is typically wall-mounted)
Originally Posted by navychop
I will add, that smaller size roll ups don't make sense. If you're going to have an electronics cabinet anyway, you might as well just set the TV on top, or have a solid TV rise up from the cabinet while in use, like they do on some RVs.
That assumes you want an electronics cabinet. The only HT-related hardware in my room is the wall-mounted display. There is trunking buried in the walls and a 50ft HDMI cable going through it to a HTPC (now my only source) located in the corner of another room to keep the heat, noise and sight of it out of the way.
Even with a cabinet though, and assuming you can have a rollable display that is durable enough to last hundreds of thousands of activations, I can definitely see people wanting them in smaller sizes. It doesn't have to be about enabling large screen sizes, you can have a TV that simply rolls up into a stylish base that is unobtrusive when it's turned off, and makes it considerably easier to transport.
Specialised furniture that hides a TV is often as expensive as the display itself, and most of it is pretty oversized and ugly from what I've seen.
Why buy more furniture when you can just have a small bar that sits on top of whatever you've got in place of the TV.
Originally Posted by rogo
If the folding section lacks a rigid bezel, it can't be used as a touchscreen without a table or wall behind it -- virtually no one is using phones or tablets like that today for very good reasons.
Compared to everything else they would have to do to make a folding tablet, for example, it would be trivial for it to have a sprung locking mechanism that stops it from moving once it's fully opened.