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I am genuinely confused

My online contact makes me laugh. He knows I need to write to keep sane, so he's always asking me to write pieces for the enormous number of websites he owns and maintains.

I've written about renting a , claiming after a personal , events and items in the last few months. I am currently writing about 4K Ultra HD .

Yes, me who barely switches on the TV from one month to the next, writing about advanced televisions. The type with a 40" screen as a minimum, that you hang on the wall like a picture. These are not just smart TVs, they're almost AI level. You can watch on them. You can play on them. You can stream and catch up with on services, play , hook up games consoles, view , use media and Skype.

They won't make you a cuppa or pour you a glass of but you can watch enormous images of both actions on a screen that's so thin you'd think you could roll it up and take it away with you. Some of them are curved to make the experience even more immersive and they all need a sound bar to make the sound 3D and super stereo.

Many of them cost a small and some are as pricy as a new car. (£9,000/$13,500).

What I want to know is - WHY?

Does anyone have one of these behemoths? I'd have trouble fitting a 40" screen in a room that's only 7 feet long, that's for sure. So where on earth do you put it? Does it dominate the room like I suspect or is it actually not that intrusive given that it's quite thin?

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markgraham wrote on December 13, 2015, 11:25 AM

I am not sure. I am quite happy with a television that fits on a shelf or in the corner of the room. I would rather read.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 13, 2015, 11:37 AM

We have a big flat screen television, but it is an older model that doesn't attach to the wall. It is supported by a stand. We sit it on a low table. It fits perfectly in our living room. We can stream movies into it through our lap top and video games can be played on it.

WordChazer wrote on December 13, 2015, 11:52 AM

Sounds a bit like the one my parents have. They're not keen to hang one on the wall either. My husband's aunt, on the other hand, who spends HOURS A DAY in her retirement slumped in front of the box, has the biggest, baddest panel I have seen in a long while. It dominates the room, she has it on LOUD to drown out any other conversation and you have no choice but to gawp at it when you're there. Gah.

CoralLevang wrote on December 13, 2015, 12:01 PM

I have a flat screen that was bought for me soon after my old tv died, and I had been a year after my dx. Perhaps, they thought they would get it when I died soon. I showed them. LOL
I rarely watch it, but it is nicer to watch movies than my old dinosaur of a tv. At least that one was newer than the one I grew up with that had the removable tubes in the back of it. emoticon :winking:

WordChazer wrote on December 13, 2015, 12:29 PM

I'm only on my 4th TV in 25 years. My first one was bought as an 18th birthday present and I had a video recorder to go with it. My second one was a hand me down from my grandma's old house when my orginal TV died in 2001. My third was a wide screen 28" which replaced it about 6 months later and lasted until last year when Mr C decided to replace it with a small smart TV that's only 24" wide, so about the size of an Apple iMac monitor. We gave the old widescreen to a friend who restores arcade games and it is still going strong in one of them. I played it a couple of weeks ago at Revival. I really don't think I need anything more. Mr C's iMac screen upstairs is bigger so he can game on it, but I'm happy with my little 15" laptop screen and occasional TV shows on the 'big screen' in the corner. I'm not a movie fan and I can't be bothered with much sport (cycling, strong man events and darts are the honorable exceptions) so there's not much point, really.

WordChazer wrote on December 13, 2015, 12:30 PM

Me too. Or, as it has been this weekend, alternate writing about HUGE TVs with listing second hand items for sale on eBay!

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 13, 2015, 1:05 PM

K and I are looking for a new TV and looked at one of those large, curved screen type yesterday. We just cannot justify spending that kind of money on something we usually have on as background noise.

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 13, 2015, 1:21 PM

As far as screen size it does not seem that big as your eyes get older lol. But I dont have mine on the wall and it is not too smart either. That is what my laptop is for

WordChazer wrote on December 13, 2015, 2:13 PM

Sensible Mr Davis strikes again. It's the justification of the money outlay that I'd find difficult too. I already know I can't write and watch a screen at the same time, so what's the point for me?

WordChazer wrote on December 13, 2015, 2:17 PM

No, I suppose you need a bigger screen as your eyes grow older. emoticon :winking: I can see Mr C's aunt's point of view, as she comes from an era where a woman's place was the home, so she doesn't have hobbies, apart from an obsession with housework and gardening, as you would expect. So now she has no children at home and she's a widow, what does she have to do all day but watch TV and relax? (Oh, but her cooking is divine!)

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RuthCox wrote on December 19, 2015, 12:17 PM

I would like a flat screen TV for my bedroom but a small screen would work for me in this small room. It would also be much more affordable!

WordChazer wrote on December 21, 2015, 8:00 PM

We have a small flat screen that cost about £150/$225 I think. Does us just fine for what we need.

RuthCox wrote on December 21, 2015, 10:25 PM

I've seen them here for around $100, so it's on my long wish list, ha!

WordChazer wrote on December 22, 2015, 6:26 AM

Have you tried fiverr to earn some extra pennies from writing? (referral link).

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RuthCox wrote on December 22, 2015, 9:38 AM

I have not yet tried fiverr, but if I do, you'll be the first to know! emoticon :smile:

WordChazer wrote on December 22, 2015, 9:45 AM

Of course. it's not just open to writers, but that was my first thought. There are people who make graphic art, voice overs, jewelry, logos, manage other people's social media, translate things (and so on). I forget what other talents you have other than writing, but I'm sure you'll find a home there.