Flat-panel TVs look great … as long as they’re on.
And when they’re off, well, they look like nothing more than a boring black box on the wall.
There are all sorts of solutions for masking displays (including projection screens), like TVs that pose as mirrors with they’re inactive, rollaway canvas that places a beautiful piece of art over the TV when it’s not being used, and mechanisms that can move the TV into the ceiling or inside a cabinet. Unfortunately, you’ll need a sizable sum of money to implement these ideas.
For $2.99 a month, you can stream works of art directly to your TV screen from a company called ArtCast. You’ll need an Internet-enabled TV or set-top box like Roku (you can stream the service from its Roku channel) to access the service, which features a huge library of artwork, including paintings by classical masters, photography, and works from emerging artists.
You select the type of “program,” and images from that library run in a continuous loop for about an hour. ArtCast formats every image to fit the dimensions of large-screen TVs, and they all appear in high-definition. You can change to different collection of artwork and photography at any time. Featured “program categories” include Trending Now, Bestselling Videos, Bestselling Paintings, Bestselling Photography, Nature and Scenic, Chill and Lounge, Masterpieces and Classics, Travel and Exploration, Nightclub and High Intensity, Contemporary, Culture, and Featured Artists.
Although it’s possible to download artwork to the screens of TVs, ArtCast sales and marketing manager Brooke Carpenter explains that unlike traditional downloads, the ArtCast libraries are of higher image quality due to the company’s licensing agreements with the artists and technology that ensures that the presentation fits the format of the TV screen.
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Lisa Montgomery has been writing about home technology for 15 years, with a focus on the impact of electronics on a modern lifestyle.