by Mike Masnick

How Flat Panel TVs Are Helping The Furniture Market?

from the unintended-beneficiaries dept

It would appear that many people don't quite realize the commitment level they're making to their new big screen, flat panel LCD or plasma TVs. We've mentioned in the past how these TVs may jack up your electricity bill, but there's another secondary effect that many people are discovering. The new, modern TVs look out of place with their old furniture -- creating an entire new market for big screen TV friendly furniture. At least, that's what this Reuters article would have you believe. Reading between the lines, however, this story sounds very much like it was planted by PR people for Ethan Allen who (oh, look at that!) just happen to have a new line of furniture coming out specifically designed to work with big screen flat panel TVs. So, are people really changing their furniture, or does Ethan Allen just want you think they are so you feel left behind? Update: The PR people must be putting something in reporters' coffee. Also, today, the Wall Street Journal is running a piece about how the bathroom is the new office, and people are even getting special upgrades to their bathroom (answer the speaker phone from the shower, and have the water automatically turn off) to make it easier to work. Maybe Microsoft was onto something with their iLoo idea, which Microsoft kept changing its mind concerning whether or not it was a joke or real.

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  1. identicon
    Jamie, Feb 3rd, 2006 @ 11:34am

    No Subject Given

    While I agree that this is probably a marketing ploy on ethan allen's part, there is a little more to it than that. I have several friends in the cabinet making industry. They are all getting orders for custom built cabinets to accomidate the larger TVs. Many people are complaining to them, that there are very few furniture pieces that they can purchase that will fit these TVs. So they are getting custom cabinets made to house them. Which is great for the cabinet industry.

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    Beck, Feb 3rd, 2006 @ 12:20pm

    Business Opportunity?

    It seems there might be a demand for new wide-screen entertainment centers to replace square-screen entertainment centers.

    On the other hand a lot of people will probably just hang their new TV on the wall.

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    Tyshaun, Feb 3rd, 2006 @ 1:16pm

    Bathroom optimization?

    The bathroom thing is a little scary. If you can't stop working long enough to enjoy a shower or go to the bathroom in peace, you are in serious trouble!

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    Andrew Strasser, Feb 3rd, 2006 @ 2:13pm

    It's all about publicity...

    You can do many things in this world with publicity and mass brainwashing is a technique often used. There are many instances of this across the world some places much more so than others. You believe what you're told to believe is the consensus. There are those who can see through the smoke and fog and there are those blind to the world around them. Unfortunantly the latter is the largest group of them all.

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    Xyro TR1, Feb 4th, 2006 @ 1:15am

    Slightly Off Topic

    I completely forgot about the iLoo. That has GOT to be the big MS's bravest, most innovative, and downright wierdest idea to date. I mean, it's a great idea, yet it's completely useless. I don't know. Could Billy G. be on to something? Or is it complete bullsh*t?

    Heh, bullsh*t. iLoo. How ironic.

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    ebrke, Feb 5th, 2006 @ 2:50pm

    Re: Slightly Off Topic

    I don't know if it was real or not, but without a doubt it generated some of the most hilarious jokes I have ever read on-line.

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  7. identicon
    Plasma TV, Nov 26th, 2008 @ 12:35am

    Get a wall mount.

    I say get a wall mount and a couple of comfy been bags and be done with it!

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