Twice Magazine reports that Radio Shack has chosen LG and Panasonic as brands of flat panel HDTVs the stores will carry, starting in September. And contrary to what I reported here last month, they plan to carry models as large as 42-inches. These plans apply to the 5,000 company-owned stores. The company also offers an expanded line through their Web site.
I know that the average Radio Shack store is a lot smaller than your typical Best Buy or Circuit City, but I thought the original plan to limit the displays to 32-inches was a case of thinking too small. People expect to see large screens when shopping, even if they end up settling for something smaller and more affordable. Big screens are the consumer electronics equivalent to the red sports car in the auto dealers showroom window; they get buyers in the door. Also, if you’re going to get a high-definition TV to watch in a group, you really need a larger display. At 1080p, a 32-inch model requires too short a viewing distance to be practical for most living rooms.