Curved screens have theoretical benefits if you can sit in the sweet spot center of their radius. On a flat screen, a constant size 2D object will always appear slightly smaller or larger as it moves into parts of the screen that are at different distances from the viewer - simple perspective at work. If all parts of the screen are at equal distances to the viewer, objects remain at fixed size. So to say that flat screens don't cause distortion is incorrect. They cause a different type of perspective distortion which our brains are already used to.
.................not the way I'd put it. Remember always that the camera sensor is flat. You simply cannot translate a flatly gathered image onto a curved screen without undo distortion. [Edit: removed theater reference....far too big a diversion that I'm not up for]
Besides, none of this addresses the folks to the left and right of the screen. We will look back on this (hopefully soon) as a technologically schizophrenic moment in TV history. Christ, I hope so anyway.
Edited by tgm1024 - 1/15/14 at 9:58am