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Binge-watch sans the headache

Miguel Paolo Togonon

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VIEWING ratio applies on large-screen TV as well as projection-based displays.

Ever sat on the very front row of your local movie house only to find it uncomfortable, disorienting and headache-inducing at times? Surely, in such a situation, your tendency is to move a few seats back the first chance you get.

There’s actually science behind that and it concerns viewer’s distance and image size and the resulting viewing angle. Determining the said factors are important to get the optimal size of the TV that you should buy.

Generally, the bigger the size of the TV the better if the resolution and other tech considerations are up to standard. Also, if viewing distance is not a problem, as in you can move your chair back, then bigger is better.

The problem is when your only available viewing spot is too close to the TV so much so that looking straight at the panel, your vision does not encompass the whole picture on either the left or right side or both.

At the showroom, approximate the distance of your sitting position to the TV and then look if you can immerse yourself in the image without straining to look at the sides. If you need to turn your head to the sides to get the complete picture then that panel is too big for that viewing distance.

Save your money and look at the next smaller panels.

Movie certification company THX of Lucasfilm has been for decades recommending a sight angle of 36° to 40° for the best viewing experience. Engineers of the Society of Motion Picture and Television, on the other hand, recommend a minimum viewing angle of 30°.

Combining THX and ESMP recommendations, the ideal size of panel would have a viewing angle of from 30° to 40° from the seating position.
Now, buy that recliner and binge-watch on those Netflix series.

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