[opendtv] Re: News: Consumers Upgrade, but to Smaller TVs

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2008 08:21:19 -0400

At 7:03 PM -0400 8/16/08, Albert Manfredi wrote:

I was saying that the HDTV LCDs up to 19" are going for under $300 now, and those in the 26" size are going for $400 to $600. So that people upgrading their old analog CRTs may very well find that they will be paying no more for the new HDTV set, of size similar to their old set, than they paid for that old set *when they bought it*.

Seems like a good excuse to go ahead and buy a new HDTV.

Based on the numbers reported by the NTIA on the coupon program, it does appear that more people are buying new TVs than convertor boxes.

I would only add that there are many things that are appealing about most of the new TVs, and HD resolution is not necessarily one of them. Virtually all new TVs are either panels that are only a few inches deep, or RPTVs that are less than 12 inches deep.

The form factor is THE MOST IMPORTANT factor with new TV sales. You can find plenty of those old bulky entertainment centers at garage sales or sitting on the curb.

At least TVs have gone on a "diet" in America...


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