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Tony Bandiera Jr
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The title really says it...What do you guys think of the new Samsung "Curve" TV? The commercials make it out to be some sort of huge innovation in home TV/Cinema viewing. [Roll Eyes]

I think it's an incredibly stupid waste of money and resources....curved screens went out of vogue what, 40+ years ago in theatres?

I just can't see any possible benefits on a screen that is under 20 feet wide. (Actually never saw any benefit on the cinema screens of the 60's and 70's either.)

What do you guys think?

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Mike Blakesley
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quote: Tony Bandiera Jr
I just can't see any possible benefits on a screen that is under 20 feet wide.
I agree here. I'd think that it would make the best viewing area even smaller than a flat screen, wouldn't it? Or have they figured a way to deal with that?

I just think a curved screen that is only a few feet wide would look sort of stupid on a wall. On a dedicated "home theater" installation where it fills a wall up, then maybe it'd be cool.

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Lyle Romer
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Other than for light uniformity with a silver screen or something, the only way I can see a curved screen do anything is if it actually wraps around the audience.

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Steve Matz
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One of the reasons CINERAMA used the Curved Screen was to simulate the way we really see in real life.Viewing a 2D or 3D Movie your still seeing it as a straight forward image or basically Tunnel Vision.Our PERIPHERAL VISION allows us to see to a certain degree whats to our left and right without moving our head. A curved screen would give us a more real simulation of how Human vision works. On a small curved screen I'm not sure you would gain the desired effect but I have never watched one so I can't say for Sure if the effect works anything close to a Cinerama type Curved Screen...

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Terry Lynn-Stevens
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The first curved tv I saw looked pretty cool. I am not sure if there is any benefit other than the look of it.

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Monte L Fullmer
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Along with this unit having to sit farther away from the wall and not flush as with the other units, especially if they are wall mounted.

You watch: this is to entice studios to make all letterboxed optical media in a "smilebox" format to go along with this screen.

If one is going to do curved, do it right like how the cinemas do it, or just keep it flat.


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Frank Angel
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You called it: Another Marketing Dog. And that's from a guy who thinks all screens should be cinemas!

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Terry Monohan
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The prices I hope will go down on these new curved screens. I'll buy a 48 incher when the price is lower and watch all my old 70mm films on BR DVD. Many amusement arcades many years ago had rear screen curved games, they looked a little distorted but fun to watch. They put you in the drivers seat. I had hoped the new curved screens for the TV home would have been more curved. Can't wait to have a baby Cinerama screen in my bedroom. They are selling these fast at Best Buy in SF, many times out of stock when I go to compare sizes. The color was so crisp and sharp from such a thin screen. Like them or hate curved screens in the movie theatre or at home you will know have a choice.

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