Then there's sneaky, functional, task-oriented placement. I'm a huge fan of small-to-medium size flat panels worked into kitchens. Keeping them off the countertop is key; either mount them to the bottom of your cabinets or have a custom space cut out for them within upper cabinetry.
You can stay entertained while prepping food, then relax with company to enjoy your meal. Guess who watches TV with pretty much every meal he enjoys? Me.