All of the 2014 Sony SmartTVs include a video camera/microphone for Skype. I bought a PS4 instead of an Xbox One at launch, even though I was a die hard XBoxer in the previous 2 generations, because I couldn't imagine putting a Kinect in my living room. Now that MS has made it optional, I may get an Xbox One in the future.
I've read 1984 a few too many times... too bad because the Sony KDL60W630B was my top contender and I thought I finally found the TV I would buy until I watched a Sony marketing video on YouTube that showed off the Skype features. I don't mind paying extra for 3D and Smart features I'll never use. But I can't put a video camera and microphone in my living room in good concious.
At this point, I've spent several weeks researching and would probably up my budget to $3k for a TV that lacked smart features and was just a TV. Just getting really frustrated with the search altogether. $1500 isn't a hard budget for me, it's just what I'd like to spend max. If I could get what I want, I'd spend whatever. But since I can't and I'm going to compromise on several levels, I'd like to keep it around or under $1500 since it won't feel as wasteful buying a TV I don't really like since the TV I'd really like to have does not exist (60" TV with thorough user-capable calibration settings, no 3D, no built-in speakers, no video processing, no apps or smart OS, turns on directly to the HDMI input with no popups). At this point I'll settle for "good enough" since it's unlikely any maker will ever put out a TV that fits my true desires. Although all phones used to come bundled with mandatory crapware and Apple and Google changed all that, so maybe we'll get some barebones TVs at some point.
For a while my research led me down the path of Plasmas but I watch a lot of TV during the day in a well-lit room and the reflection would drive me nuts.
Now I'm looking at LCDs and would prefer something in the 60" range but would go 55" to 65" if I found one that met my needs.
Viewing angle doesn't matter, I'll never watch it from more than 10 degrees off axis. It's just a matter of getting an image that isn't ridiculously processed to the point of being unwatchable.
Last edited by snickersbar; 08-28-2014 at 09:20 PM.