A TV can be viewable without being the sole focal point in a room. Here, it’s easy to curl up on the couch to watch movies alone or with a few friends. When company's over the TV recedes into the background. With the addition of a few pillows, a crowd can sprawl on the floor.
Here, a conversation pit centers around the TV. But, with the television off, conversation's not impeded by making the TV the focus of the room. A swivel stand offers flexibility. With the switch to digital imminent, it may be time to invest in a flat screen. Check Unpluggd for help on choosing one.
[Image 1 Kim Payne and Image 2 from Callas-Shortridge]