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Television Cost

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Drucifer, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Drucifer

    Drucifer New Member

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    Got this email flyer . . .

    By my simple calculation that's mo' than 90% drop in price in under 10 year.

    How low can the price of televisions get?
     
  2. AntAltMike

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    I bought a 32" Seiko from HRGregg last year for $179. I regard its performance as flawless.

    Back in the 1960s, working class families used to figure that if they thought they could get another year out of the car, then that was the year to buy a new TV. My father was a manager of a fairly large, prosperous store, and the color TV we bought in the mid 1960s cost him about a month's pay.

    I saw a digital calculator watch for $600, and a few year later, Radio Shack sold them for about $20 something. A watch used to be a high school graduation present. One of my uncles gave me a nice Bulova Accutron - the kind with the tuning fork - for high school graduation in 1970. That was a big deal. A decade later, I was wearing a Budweiser watch and inadvertently left it at a bathroom sink when I washed my hands. I had driven about three or four miles when I realized that, so I brought the car to a screeching halt, but before I had even turned around, I realized that the $3 watch, which kept time as accurately as my Bulova did, wasn't even worth the time it would take to retrieve it even if it was still there.

    I would guess the limiting factor on the price or a TV would be the display, but I don't know the display industry or market well enough to assess it.
     
  3. jimmie57

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    My Sharp 1080p, 32" that I bought a couple of months ago was on sale at Best Buy for $199.00
     
  4. phrelin

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    There's got to be something ironic about the fact that TV's are now cheaper than a monthly payment for TV channels when at one time we paid more for a TV than the payment on a house and the TV channels were free, albeit far fewer channels.
     
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  5. SayWhat?

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    http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/10/lg-cuts-the-price-of-its-curved-oled-tv-to-7000/

    Since it was announced last July at $15,000, that's more than 50% in less than a year. At that rate it should be $1,500 by when?
     
  6. harsh

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    The original TVs were often built buy people who made lots of money and robots using many relatively expensive components (like they were in the days of yore).

    Now they are assembled by people who cost less than robots out of a handful of VLSI chips, cheap casework and a few electrical fittings. Crafted lenses and mirrors don't come into play anymore. Sound systems are almost entirely ignored. Development is all about cost reduction and outside of adding some wireless phone features to TVs, that's about all they have to show for the development over the period.
     
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    I bought a Sceptre 32" HDTV about three years ago and paid about twice that price. It's a very nice set; it even includes a USB jack where you can plug in a stick and listen to music.

    Our first TV, an RCA 7-inch black and white set, cost about $300. That was back in 1948. There were only 12 channels available then, 2 through 13, and only one station, WPTZ, was broadcasting four or five nights a week in Philadelphia then.
     
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    I've bought a pair of 24" Insignia HD TVs for $99 when they go on sale at Best Buy (one on Black Friday, one again a month or so ago) - and those are *1080p* models with 2 HDMI ports in addition to VGA.

    For comparison, I paid $700 for a 27" SD tube set in the mid 1990s that had S-video, composite and RF inputs.
     
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    Tiger Direct??
     
  12. Cholly

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    Walmart
     
  13. Mark Holtz

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    Today's televisions are essentially souped-up LED monitors with a digital tuner attached. Some of the cost savings are a result of some components being eliminated including VGA input and DVI input (in favor of HDMI) and the elimination of the Analog tuners.
     
  14. AntAltMike

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    My $179 Seiki 32" HDTV has one VGA and three HDMIs inputs, along with an analog tuner.
     
  15. harsh

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    As long as NTSC repeaters and analog cable exist, there will likely be "analog tuners".
     
  16. AntAltMike

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    Analog cable exists? Tell me where to move to.
     

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