What kind of fancy TV did Stephen King have in 1980?

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From Stephen King’s Danse Macabre:

Harlan has a TV. A big one.

I have a TV which is even bigger than Harlan’s. It is, in fact, a Panasonic CinemaVision which dominates one whole corner of my living room.

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I stopped reading right there, because I wanted to know what a Panasonic CinemaVision television set circa 1980 looked like and just how big it was.

The TV in the ad below from 1980 looks about right.

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45-inch screen, 27 inches deep, and weight of about 13,000 lbs. MSRP: Just $3299. (That’s only $10,265.09 in today’s dollars, kids.)

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