Armchair experts go for big-screen sports experience

THE soccer World Cup, Wimbledon and Tour de France, with the Commonwealth Games to follow.

Harvey Norman electrical department franchisee Jarrod Glasunow gets close to the televised sporting action in front of a curved big-screen. 140709DW40 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Harvey Norman electrical department franchisee Jarrod Glasunow gets close to the televised sporting action in front of a curved big-screen. 140709DW40 Picture: DAMIAN WHITE

Television viewers of world-class sporting events are spoilt for choice this month and the interest has flowed on to local television sales.

Harvey Norman electrical department franchisee Jarrod Glasunow said the wealth of top-class televised sports events was having an impact, with more inquiry and sales of big-screen televisions.

Mr Glasunow said his store had promoted the televisions to tap into this month’s feast of sports viewing and it was delivering good results.

More customers were buying large-screen televisions, which were curved and came in sizes up to 213 centimetres (84 inches) wide, he said.

Mr Glasunow said sports fans were not the only people wanting the big televisions, with movie buffs among the buyers.

He said the Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology in the new televisions combined the best features of plasma and LED to provide high contrast and instantaneous refresh ratios.

The Good Guys Warrnambool store salesman Peter Sycopoulis said sales of televisions at the store had increased by about 15 per cent during the past 12 months.

But Mr Sycopoulis said he could not attribute any common reasons for the sales increase, apart from the increasing popularity of large- screen TVs.

He said the AFL grand final and Bathurst 1000 motor race were traditionally the sports events that prompted people to upgrade their televisions.

This month’s sports events had not come up in conversation with customers buying new televisions, he said. 

Leahys Home Living manager Jason Russell said the store was doing a steady trade in sales of large-screen televisions but also could not attribute the interest directly to the big sports events presently being televised.

Mr Russell said the big-screen televisions ranged in price from $1500 to $5000, with a variety of features, including “smart” capabilities that could connect the televisions to the internet.

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