As CRT Television maxed out about 15 years ago (at 33″), manufacturers sought new technologies for larger screens. One of them was the Rear Projection TV.
However to me, it was at best a desperate attempt to squeeze the last drop of juice from an antiquated set of know-how. The screens were large, no doubt; with sizes going up to 60 inches diagonal (maybe even larger). But they were huge boxes. And the resolution, clarity and contrast were poor, to say the least. Perhaps there was consolation to the owners who could demonstrably and unmistakably prove to their neighbours and visitors that they were people who could see the big picture….LOL.
I contemplated buying a set before, but the thought of having an Incredible Bulk of a box eating up half my living room was simply unbearable.