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Does size matter? Sales of even-bigger-screen TVs inching upward

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Some of us still consider a 50 inch television a big screen.

How quaint.

This year retailers, led by a couple of Minnesota companies, are making room in warehouses and showrooms for ever-larger TVs. And the shrinking price tags on the big screens have those models breathing new life into television sales numbers that have looked a little shaky recently.

The Associated Press reports 50 inchers are being supplanted by 65 inches as the new threshold for what really constitutes a big TV screen.

The AP spoke with a Birmingham, Alabama, shopper planning to cut back on other expenses to cover the $1,500 cost of a new 65 inch TV. Jarvis Jackson tells the wire service he'll appreciate the added clarity when pigs fly. Pigskins, that is.

"You definitely can tell the difference between a 55 inch and a larger size TV," says Jackson. "To get the right TV is important, especially when football season is coming up."

TVs sold by Minneapolis-based Target topped out at 60 inches last year but now go up to 70 inches. A company spokeswoman tells the AP those supersized TVs of today cost less than smaller ones did a few years ago.

But even as Americans and their wallets grow accustomed to bigger televisions, there are still ways to impress your friends with a high-buck, over-the-top TV. Mashable reported last month on Samsung's newly announced 85 inch Ultra Hi Def televisions with curved screens that will sell for $10,000 (below).

The supersized screens may help television makers counteract a trend among consumers toward streaming shows and movies on tablets or phones. Research done by the NDP Group found that a majority of tablet owners in the milennial generation said they use their device to watch television.

Can TV screens be too big?

Well, too big for some doorways, yes. The director of TV business for Richfield-based Best Buy tells the AP delivery people have taken to opening the boxes on customers' lawns or patios because they won't fit through a conventional doorway. Luke Motschenbacher says Best Buy has increased its supply of televisions 50 inches or larger by 20 percent.

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