[quote=mgkdragn;18507990][quote=SoundChex;18507879]There is 'marketing data' that suggest the average ['first world'] household buys a new tv on average about once every 4 years for reasons other than 'new technology' [e.g., replace broken set, or kid takes old set to college, etc.]
Does that mean that all 1st World TV's are generally new every 4 years..?? IOW... TV's turnover every 4 years in a 1st World country..?
No, it means that it's likely that [at least] one TV in your household was purchased within the last 4 years, primarily for reasons other than 'new technology'. With many households supporting 2, 3, or 4 TVs, that might translate to an average TV lifespan of between 8 and 16 years. And, when a new set is purchased, it provides an opportunity to (e.g.) just replace the (failed) set in the kitchen, or to rearrange all the sets in the household, and upgrade the primary family entertainment TV.For example,
I've purchased 7 sets in the last 28 years, none of them specifically
in order to acquire new entertainment capabilities . . . and discarded 4 sets (2 failed; one 'non remote, non cable ready, CRT' given away as "too hard to emplace and use"; and one portable NTSC set on-hand for 'post earthquake use' replaced with a portable ATSC set). So I have one five year old set, and two sets under 4 years old. Does that make me boringly average?