"Groundbreaking innovations may not be possible for TVs these days."


Wed, Jan 8th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to New York Magazine's Kevin Roose, despite the television industry flashing bigger screens, higher resolutions and a plethora of new flashy features, it may actually have "innovated itself into a corner" as statistics show that "most people don't care whether their TVs have 4K resolution or not."

The TV, like the computer mouse or the inkjet printer, has run up against a kind of creative asymptote. There was once a period when it made sense to upgrade your TV every few years, because the technology was improving by leaps and bounds. New models had HD, or USB ports, or just obviously better screen quality. But now, they've become something close to a commodity. You can get a 50-inch, high-def LED flat screen from a major manufacturer for well under $1,000. [...] That's more than enough for most people. And unless you're a real screen geek, you probably won't notice all that much difference in a new model that costs six or eight times as much.

Incremental modifications may "trick rich people," as Farhad Manjoo puts it, into buying new TVs for a while. But TV-makers know they can't just sell new units to a handful of spec-obsessed die hards. In order to be profitable in the long run, they need lots of normal people to upgrade their sets every year. And so they're hoping that jamming ultra-high-definition screens and features like webOS into new sets will convince people that their old models are insufficient.



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