Curved TVs: Explained!


hey what is up guys i'm pbht here and

two years ago at CES we saw a whole lot

of these 3d TVs whether you needed

glasses or there was glasses list 3d but

people didn't really like them they kind

of give you a headache they're a little

bit distracting to wear the glasses so

3d TVs just kind of slowly went away

they're not totally gone but you don't

really see 3d TV marketed nearly as much

as you did two years ago so now this

past January at CES we saw an

interesting new fad pop-up there was

obviously a lot of 4k and that is not a

fad but we also saw these curved TVs

from a bunch of manufacturers these

giant curved panels and a lot of people

have asked me questions about it people

are curious like are these legit are

they worth checking out this is a quick

video on curved TVs explain so if you've

been on this channel a while you may

recall seeing a little while ago I did a

curved smartphones explaining video but

those are much smaller displays that's a

handheld display in phones like the LG G

flex and the Samsung Galaxy round where

you can hold a curved display in your

hand and that might not change the

viewing experience a whole lot but it

definitely changes the way you touch the

phone and the way to interact with the

screen but these curved TVs are

obviously a lot bigger than your phone

and they're curved for very different

reasons than you would curve a phone

when you curved a phone you're curving

it to fit better in your hand or fit

better against your face while making a

call because that which that's what you

do with a phone when you curve a TV you

get three main differences in the

viewing experience one immersion to

Distortion and three glare now to

actually show this to you guys I'm gonna

be using this 55 inch samsung hu 9000

curved TV and yes it is actually one of

the 4k TVs shown off at CES this year so

it's perfect for this now distortion and

glare are naturally cons of what people

are concerned about when you curve a

giant TV like that is the image gonna

get distorted and is there going to be a

lot of glare from weird angles on the

bottom line is glare really isn't any

more of a problem than it is on a normal

flat TV but distortion can get a little

bit weird if you're looking at the TV

from a weird angle there's definitely a

slightly smaller viewing

radius where you want to be while

looking at the screen that doesn't mean

you can't look at it from off access and

see everything it just means that it's

gonna look a little bit weird from

slightly different angles if you're

trying to watch a movie and get the full

cinematic experience now all these TVs

have a pretty similar curve radius no

matter who you buy it from and that

measurement is the radius of the circle

this TV would make if you continued its

curve all the way around into a complete

circle so that measurement here is four

point two meters or around thirteen and

a half feet which means you'll get the

optimal viewing experience if you sit

about thirteen and a half feet away from

this TV in the center of this imaginary

circle that's where the immersion comes

in where you'll really actually notice

the curve on the TV and it changes the

viewing experience now they've made some

other changes to make this one in

particular a more immersive TV so I mean

it's a 4k TV of course more pixels makes

the image more immersive you get that's

why bezels have been getting thinner to

focus more on the content and less on

the hardware around it that's also more

immersive and I welcome all these

changes to a TV to make it more

immersive only becomes a problem though

when it's distracting 3d for example was

supposed to be more immersive but it

actually distracted you with the glasses

you had to wear or the headaches it

would cause when you're looking at it so

that's why I've faded away quickly

but I say the subtle curve here on these

TVs isn't really distracting it's as

long as you sit somewhere around that 13

foot mark you'll get a great viewing

experience in fact if you sit more than

13 feet away you're too far away and

there's really almost no point it might

as well be a flat panel because you

won't notice the curve when you sit too

far away but what's funny is when you

sit closer than 13 feet away inside that

radius it gets even more surrounding and

the TV actually seems bigger than it

really is

so really immersion tends to be that X

factor that decides what the difference

is between a curved and a flat TV but

honestly if I'm gonna tell you the truth

here you're gonna want to just see one

in person it's hard to actually judge if

you care about the curves of a TV a lot

of people just don't you know it's more

expensive first of all you're gonna have

to pay extra to get a curved TV so if

you're going to buy a curved TV check it

out in person first and check out the

larger models because the smaller ones

you're not

going to be able to tell it's curved

nearly as easily there you go guys I'm

gonna ask what do you think of curved

TVs or have you even gotten to see one

in person yet honestly the only one I've

seen in person is the one I'm showing

you today and after using it now it's

kind of weird to go back to a flat TV

just because the way it appears to you

in front of you just the angles the way

they work but let me know what you guys

think of curved TVs curved panels curved

smartphones do you even care I probably

wouldn't recommend buying a curved

smartphone at this point but it's a lot

more tempting to buy a curved TV so let

me know what you guys think thanks for

watching and I'll talk to you guys in

the very next one peace