From big to giant: Behemoth TVs start to take off

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm •  Published: July 1, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — Supersized isn't just for french fries.

Americans increasingly are replacing their once-enviable 50-inch TVs with even bigger screens. Think: 65-inches and up.

People are snagging big screens — pushing sales of them up 50 percent in the past year while overall TV sales have faltered. As prices fall, hardcore TV watchers and video gamers are finding sets affordable that a few years ago would have been playthings for wealthier people.

Shoppers are being enticed by new technologies like Internet capability and Ultra HD screens, which offer a sharper picture.

Falling prices have also made big screens more accessible. TV prices overall have fallen 9 to 11 percent, and the average price of a 50-inch TV is down $75 from two years ago to $573, according to research firm NPD Group.