Who Cares What The Back Of A TV Looks Like?

Who Cares What the Back of a TV Looks Like?

Over the past few days I've heard top executives of two massive electronics companies brag about the design of their television. Normal! Well, it would be if they weren't talking about the backs of their televisions. The photo above was taken at the Sony booth at CES just a short while after the Sony North America COO had gone on and on before a packed house about how clean the design of the back of the television was. When I took that photo a pair of foreign journalists were shooting a video I imagine included a discussion of the astounding innovation.

So let's have a look shall we?

Who Cares What the Back of a TV Looks Like?

How about a closer look:

Who Cares What the Back of a TV Looks Like?

A night earlier at the Samsung television briefing, an executive boasted that, and I'm paraphrasing, the company had managed to eliminate visible screws from the back of the TV.

Wow! After the briefing I felt compelled to take this photo:

Who Cares What the Back of a TV Looks Like?

When in the history of televisions has it mattered what the back of a TV looks like? The TV goes up against the wall!

A higher truth seems obvious: The fact the back of a television is being marketed as a feature must mean that companies don't have confidence in what's going on in front of the TV.

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    Same could be said about phones. You only look at the front of it and the only people who regularly see the back of your phone is other people and who gives a fuck if they like the rear of your phone or not.

      Yeah and you're likely to have some kind of case on your phone too which makes the "form over function" trend of the moment even more redundant.

    I would agree, except my experience is that it depends entirely on your living room / lounge room size and layout - several times I've wanted to place the TV in a particular spot to make the most of light and sound conditions, but I've been foiled by the visibility of the (ugly) back of the TV and the plethora of cables dripping from it!

    The back of that TV does look nice, but it seems to be lacking one important feature. VESA compatible mounting points.

    I care, I care a lot actually. More often than not it gives you a clear look at the inputs of the TV and lately TVs that appear to have a good value have a little as 2 HDMI and shared Component/Composite input - which is rubbish.

    Believe it not, using the internet to find out what inputs a TV has can be difficult, especially if it's not a mainstream brand.

    If this becomes common practise, smaller companies will copy too, and buying a TV every 4-5 years will become a much quicker process.

    I actually do care at the moment. I've recently moved into a new house that I had built and I got the builders to include a wall niche for the 60 inch TV I'd bought. However, they stuffed up the dimensions of the niche, the placement of the studs and the placement of the power point & wall conduit.

    Now I can't hang my new TV. My options are to start cutting holes in my brand new wall or buy a smaller TV.

      If your good with your hands, make the hole larger. It's pretty simple. You should be able to move the two outside studs to the needed size.

        Unfortunately I'm not that handy lol. I did bring in one of my former clients who installs TV's professionally and we discussed some options.

        Part of the problem is that the electronics are placed at the bottom of the back of the TV, lining up exactly with the conduit and power point. I'm thinking about getting a 55 inch TV with the electronics more in the centre of the back which would avoid the problem entirely.

          Yeah, it's a bugger playing around with electronics. Shame it all went wrong.

          Actually, couldn't you mount the TV proud of the niche which would then give you ample room for the cords and wires ? Might be a quick solution and save you the hassle and money for a new TV.

      Since you already have the TV, fix the hole and move the powerpoint. Find a handyman or AV installer, probably get it done in a day.

    The extra HDMI on the side is always useful with family gatherings.

    A lot of people put their TVs in the middle of room these days, no wall. Therefore, I think this is a huge bonus. Next big step: making all the inputs remotely located in a dongle type scenario, so you have only one small cord going to the TV (or all wifi!). The connection points would be hidden in a cabinet somewhere, closer to the components/systems feeding into it. You could still have a few discrete USBs on the side for quick access though.

      I dont mind that idea myself. I only care about the back of the TV in relation to the input jacks which need to be convenient for me, and whatever devices I'm connecting. As it is, the back of my tele is a mess of cables, with 4 or 5 devices connected, along with all the cabling of a 7.2 surround sound system.

      Its tidy enough, but theres still a hell of a lot of cables. I'd love to be able to move them 6 feet away and hide them in the corner, or something like that.

      Put them in the TV stand, a secondary housing (I'm thinking a power brick sized block would work, somewhere along the power cable), or something like that, theres an extra layer of convenience by allowing me to hide the cabling.

      Get on it manufacturers, give options with cabling. Its one way to stand out from the crowd, and doesnt need to be expensive. You can bundle the cabling along the same route as the power cable, and just make it a little thicker.

    In our new house, the TV location backs onto the staircase, which will have a clear view of the back of the TV. Surely, not ever TV is backed against a wall.

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