How big an area would 1 billion televisions cover?

Editor’s note: The market-research company that put out the report on which this story is based, IHS, initially said that 1 billion TV sets would cover a country the size of Norway. That is, in fact, not accurate, and we’ve corrected our story to reflect that. (A special thanks to the commenters who helped flag the error.)

Over the past four years, TV makers have shipped about a billion television sets. If you combined them, that would be equivalent to a single TV set with a 330-million-square-meter screen, according to IHS, a market research company. That is about the size of a city. Of course, no one knows what screen size those sets have, but it’s still a fun (if unscientific) stat. As for me, I am about to move and so I am getting rid of all the screens in my house except for four: MacBook Pro (Retina), iPad (Original), Kindle Paperwhite and iPhone5. Everything else is going to eBay.