Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

Summary: Vizio is taking a chance that there's a set of TV buyers who is looking to recreate the ultra-widescreen experience of the movie theater in its living rooms. The company introduced its new CinemaWide set, which uses a 21:9 aspect ratio instead of the 16:9 aspect ratio of conventional HDTVs, at CES last month, and has just put a (big) price tag on it.

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Vizio is taking a chance that there's a set of TV buyers who is looking to recreate the ultra-widescreen experience of the movie theater in its living rooms. The company introduced its new CinemaWide set, which uses a 21:9 aspect ratio instead of the 16:9 aspect ratio of conventional HDTVs, at CES last month, and has just put a (big) price tag on it.

The 58-inch set is now listed at a cinematic price of $3,499, though availability is still unknown. In addition to the usual glut of features that accompany high-end HDTVs -- passive 3D support, edge-lit LED light source with smart dimming (for 2D sources only), built-in Wi-Fi for Vizio Internet Apps -- the CinemaWide offers 2,560x1,080 resolution for those who planning on watching many more movies than TV shows.

And therein lies the rub for Vizio. Is there a big enough audience that is so enamored enough by the panoramic dimensions that it won't mind that the set can't be filled up with everyday HD content? At a time when a new generation is learning to watch movies on tablets and smartphones, how many even care about an ultra-widescreen view, especially at a price that's twice as high as similar sets?

Do you have an interest in the CinemaWide set? Do you think it will be a success for Vizio? Let us know in the Talkback section.

Topics: CES, Smartphones, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

    They're asking too much. I would pay less for a "cinemawide" display at any given size than I would for a standard HDTV, not more. That's because 99% of the content I want on my TV is in 16:9, so I'm basically throwing away 25% of the screen real estate on this panel.
    gotamd@...
  • RE: Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

    It's amazing how much psychology is in play here. I mean, it's not like you can't watch a "cinema-wide" movie on a regular 16:9 TV. It's just that you've got the black bars on top and bottom. You could easily get the same sized picture as this "cinemawide" set by purchasing a 65" 16:9 TV. But the black bars give people the wholly erroneous idea that they're "missing something." Of course, when you watch a regular 16:9 show/movie on this set, you're gong to have black bars to the laft and right. So really, you can't win.
    dsf3g
  • High-end?

    Passive 3D support?, edge-lit LED? This doesn't qualify as high-end.
    Spatha
    • RE: Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

      @Spatha Agreed and LG 60LW6500 is the same price and an TV that is orders of magnitude.
      DaveHBoston
  • RE: Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

    It's an expensive toy I would buy if I could afford it. 55 inches won't be the only size. If it succeeds it will create a market for regular TV and sports shows with these dimensions.
    edkollin
  • That is quite the premium

    That's triple what a 55 16:9 costs. That is the list price (on sale for $1500) of a Mitsubishi 82" HD 3D 16:9.

    The one feature that seems to have been lost over the years is PIP, Picture in Picture. I don't know if has become so ubiquitous that it is no longer mentioned or it has disappeared. But, this TV would be great for side-by-side PIP. You could have almost 2 full proportion 4:3 views, and even if you had a full height 16:9, you could still have a fairly large 4:3 "Pip" beside it. That would be a worthwhile feature.
    Ron_007
  • RE: Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

    Great for multitasking too to run VIZIO Internet Apps on the left 1/3rd and Full HD 16:9 on the right!
    jimnoyd
  • RE: Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

    58"? I'm waiting for the 71", now that's the one to buy!
    TMOSteel
    • RE: Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

      @TMOSteel Just 71? Come on... 93".
      Champ_Kind
      • RE: Vizio's CinemaWide 58-inch 3D HDTV priced at $3,499, but who's buying?

        @Champ_Kind

        ...I'd have to buy a bigger house...
        TMOSteel
  • Vizio, It's hard to trust you anymore.

    Right, who is going to buy? Who is dare to buy??
    Vizio's customer feedback is the worst eventhough their low price attracts lots of fans.
    A 3k TV labbled in Vizio sounds not a good idea.
    hungergame
  • Lol

    Good luck selling that lol. I know they make passive 3D TVs so that's a huge advantage but Vizio is still a low end brand and buying anything over $1,500 price tag from Vizio seems ridiculous. I'd rather buy a high end LG TV with that kind of money.
    fruittose