You have digital cable and you're ready for "Entourage", "The Sopranos", and "Monday Night Football". All you need is a big, flat, clear TV screen. The good news is that prices for big screen TVs are expected to fall before the year's end. If you give yourself a little time, you could save as much as a $500 or more on the purchase of a big screen television.
By Sarah Clark
December 31, 1969
According to the New York Times, Panasonic is expected to lower its prices on certain plasma TVs from $3,500 to $3,000. A 50-inch plasma screen that sold for $20,000 five years ago may be sold for $4,000 in the coming months, reported the Times. The Times also stated that such a drop in prices could result in a price war among all makers of flat screen televisions.
Understanding Plasma, LCD, and Digital Light Processing TVs
The differences among these technologies are becoming less clear. Where Digital Light Processing (DLP) televisions were traditionally bigger, their pictures were not as precise. Plasma, on the other hand, had both a large screen and a great picture, making it more desirable, and, as such, more expensive. LCDs were typically for smaller screens, leaving them out of the big-screen TV market altogether.
Now television technology has grown such that DLP TVs are flatter, plasma televisions are cheaper, and LCDs are bigger. All these choices may make it harder to decide which TV to buy, but that's a good problem for consumers.
Get ready to see your digital cable stations, including high definition cable channels and episodes, with a clarity you've never been able to afford until now. Take advantage of these falling prices in advanced television technology.
About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.
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