Reasons why curved screens are actually good
Are flat screens endangered by the curved screens? For those who think that this is some new technology, it isn’t – curved screens are not new. Most cinemas use them for two purposes: the picture source in cinemas is almost point-like in the form of the lens of the projector and light from this source will propagate on a spherical shape and if the screen did not curve you would see increasing levels of distortion towards the edges of the screen. This effect is known as the “pincushion effect”. The typical seating distance in a cinema is so close that a curved screen is needed to increase the “field of view”, which minimizes the need to turn your head when the action flies across the screen (in which case you would miss a lot of actions since the screen is very large).
1 You feel more immersed in what you’re watching
Curved screens are offering the human eye more realistic look. The rounded nature of human eyeballs gives us peripheral vision too, and we are aware of the world extending around us and to our sides. By curving the edges of their pictures toward us, curved television screens try to replicate this sense of a world to the side of as well as in front of us, making us feel more immersed in what we are watching.
2 Watching anything on a curved screen would offer a bigger perspective
Curved edges, edge gently forward, and because of this, they appear to fill more of the field of view than a flat screen will ever do – as long as you’re sitting in roughly the right position, at any rate.
3 The sharpness at the edges of the images are far more visible
Because curved screens track the natural shape of our eyes better than flat ones, their images look slightly sharper at their edges. Because of this phenomenon, many commercial cinemas are using curved screens, since the bigger the screen, the more likely your eyes are to perceive a reduction in clarity at the edges. But, the sharpness point only applies to very large TVs of 70 inches and more.
4 The viewer will get the feeling that the pictures have more depth
The first thing many people say when they first try out a curved TV is that the picture feels 3D (it is not). This is because the curved screen makes the image exist on multiple depth planes – with a physical foreground and background – like a 3D image.
5 You can watch pictures from a wider viewing angle
If you have watched a normal LCD TV, the colour of the sides lose saturation and contrast reduces massively when you’re not sitting directly opposite to the screen. Since curved TVs turn the edges of their images towards off-axis viewing positions, the usual colour and contrast reductions associated with such viewing positions are greatly reduced. OLED panels have no issues when it comes to viewing angles and contrast ratio – it is actually some of their greatest merits. By curving the screen, you reduce the effects that occur when you are sitting in front of a large screen at close distance and looking towards the corners. On a monitor, this will especially be evident if you purchased a panel based on the Twisted Nematic LCD crystals (TN) in a large size. It is very common to see dramatic changes in contrast ratio towards the corners simply because of the great angles.
6 Find the right spot in your home
Finding a good spot in your living room covers one, maybe two people at most, unlikely in the large theaters. This means that the best place to watch is from direct center, with the middle of the screen at eye height. Anyone outside of this pocket will experience slight-to-substantial video quality degradation as well as an increasing “keystone” effect which means the farther corners of the TV appear closer together than the nearer corners; the further off center the viewer is sitting.