Curved large screen TV’s are so hot right now, but the debate rages as to whether that curve adds to the viewing pleasure or is merely a gimmick.
One authoritative voice who should know about this is Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, Neil Hunt. He published a post last week that essentially said curves are good because they help ensure that pixels are presented at right angles to the viewer, improving clarity. Well he puts it better than that (you can see his post here) but I think I’m convinced.
I’ve certainly become a convert with the Samsung SUHD curved TV I have been testing for the past month. The picture is amazing thanks to the nano crystal colour technology (Samsung’s term for what others call quantum dot) and the colour reproduction which is 64 times better than conventional Samsung TV’s.
This is after all a TV which retails for over $6,000 and with that price tag you can be sure of getting something much better than the average. Beyond the stunning ultra high definition (4K) screen some of the other standout features are:
- The minimalist and modern design which they say mimics contemporary art and architecture in a curved, stylish body.
- The easy to use Tizen operating system which provides quick and easy access to TV functions.
- The large range of apps which include Netflix, Youtube, TVNZ and Mediaworks On Demand for extra video content.
- Rugby heads will love the Rugby Mode feature which allows viewers to stop, rewind, replay game highlights, zoom in on camera angles, and essentially be the referee in their own living room, just in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
I’ve tried a number of curved 4K TV’s in the past and I’ve found them pretty overpowering. In the same way Family Guy’s Peter Griffin disliked the Godfather (“it insists upon itself”) I felt that the big screen curved TV’s demanded you noticed them and drew you out of the moment.
Somehow Samsung have addressed this issue with the 2015 SUHDTV; you just enjoy looking at the beautiful content, and it’s only after you turn off the TV that you notice how lovely the screen’s form factor is. It will certainly be missed when the review period finishes and we have to go back to “normal” high definition viewing.
Samsung are offering three new series of SUHD TVs – JS9500, JS9000 and JS8000 – in six screen sizes from 55-inches to 78-inches.
Here are some pics to show the TV in situ:
From the side you can really make out the arc of the curve.
Here’s more from Samsung about their 2015 SUHD TV Range:
Superior picture quality and technology
Samsung SUHD TVs demonstrate groundbreaking advances in contrast, brightness, colour reproduction, and detail to deliver an overall superior picture quality experience.
The nano-crystal semiconductor transmits different colours of light to produce the highest colour purity and light efficiency available today, providing viewers with 64 times more colour expression than conventional Samsung TVs.
The SUHD re-mastering engine automatically analyses the brightness of images to minimise additional power consumption. The engine can produce darker blacks, an elevated brightness up to 2.5 times brighter than conventional Samsung TVs, and twice the colour adjustment points for a more accurate colour display.
Sophisticated and improved curved designs
Taking cues from contemporary art and architecture, Samsung’s curved SUHD TV screens are inspired by modern and minimalist designs to provide an attractive and immersive home entertainment experience.
The JS9500 model will feature Samsung’s chamfer bezel design, adding more depth to the TV screen, and making the TV look like a piece of art. The JS9000 model has a soft, textured shirred design on the back, ensuring the TV maintains its stylish edge from any angle.
New Smart TV platform to make TV viewing easier
All of Samsung’s 2015 TVs, including the new SUHD TV, will be powered by Tizen; an open-source platform that supports the web standard for TV app development. Tizen provides intuitive access, a more integrated entertainment experience, and more choices for content than ever before. Key features include:
· Intuitive user interface – simplified to one main screen, the TV displays the most recent content and tailored content recommendations for a faster and simpler user experience;
· Automatic recognition of Samsung smartphones – enabling viewers to share video content from Samsung smartphones to Smart TVs easily and also watch TV through compatible mobile devices;
• Rugby Mode – allows users to watch live games while simultaneously replaying highlights;
· Briefing on TV – Samsung Smart TVs now act as an alarm, syncing with Samsung mobile devices to turn on and display important items such as the time, weather, and the upcoming schedule, with a large screen; and
· The hub of the Smart Home – Tizen’s compatibility with other devices establishes Samsung’s Smart TVs as the control centre of any Smart Home.