The Next Big Thing in television sets, based on the buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is just that: Big. The AP reports that larger screen sizes are a key trend for 2017.
The report suggests that this year’s show isn’t exactly a showcase for innovations. “What’s new in television sets this year? Incrementally better pictures, larger screens and cheaper prices — and that’s about it,” the AP reports.
Naturally, the show does have its share of buzzwords — the report cites OLED, 4K, 8K, HDR, QLED and wide color gamut. “But when it comes down to it, none of these amount to revolutionary improvements for your living room,” the report adds. “Set manufacturers may not have run out of technological tricks yet, but for this year, at least, they’re reduced to improving what’s already out there.”
Meanwhile, prices are coming down, and that means consumers are upgrading to bigger sets.
“Jon Abt, co-president of Abt Electronics retail store near Chicago, said the 55-inch ‘sweet spot’ TV size for the family room seems to have jumped to 65-inch and larger,” the AP reports. “NPD said that 23 percent of all TVs sold were 55 inches or bigger, up from 20 percent a year earlier.”