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TV Prices

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by Dave, Apr 12, 2006.

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  1. harsh

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    I'm willing to bet that you're wrong. I believe that there will be sufficient must-have HD content available (along with a method to record it) to get the bulk of the population to convert over by 2010.

    If you think about it, by the time February 17, 2009 rolls around, all of the old reliable televisions will be sucking signal through an external digital tuner. The only question that remains is whether or not cable will charge extra for a receiver with a digital to analog converter and RF modulator for the refusniks among us.
     
  2. harsh

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    Cable companies call them "free" because they don't charge you a "drive-off" fee like satellite.

    Of course one must not ignore the fact that most cable companies charge $180 a year for the honor of using their HD DVR with its puny 80GB hard drive versus the ones offered elsewhere that hold 3-4 times as much content for $60-75/year after the drive-off.

    The one hour turnaround assumes that you can get to the cable company office while they are open. For me, it is quicker and easier to obtain a replacement satellite receiver. The satellite store keeps much more accomodating hours. YMMV.
     
  3. olgeezer

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    Only if you want a set above 30" :D
     
  4. Steve Mehs

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    $5 HD DVR fee a buck cheaper then satellite plus $7.95 box rental, three bucks more then an extra receiver fee, net difference $2 a month more. I don't know what HD DVR has an 80GB hard drive, but both Scientific Atlanta HD DVRs have 160 GB hard drives and can support external hard drives and this feature is actually enabled.

    I start work at 1PM, usually get up at 10:30-11, the cable offices open at 8AM. Don’t really see them being closed as a problem. If I don't want to drive I call up and have a tech out here the next day for their 8AM-noon slot and have them swap out the box.
     
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    Don't hold your breath.

    It sounds good, but even if "nano" proves commercially viable as a display technology,
    I don't expect it to reach the lowball mass market until the next decade, if by then.
     
  7. Opynion

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    Times Mirror cable in the 1980's would charge if something happened to the cable box, the customer had to pay for the useless cable box, that's what I heard, it's sounded like a bad deal...
    but now, some Panasonic DVD Recorders also have a GB hard drive, there is no need to pay fees, at least that is what I read on the Circuit City website, of course it's not free, but there are no fees either after you buy it. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Chris Freeland

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    Yes but these are strictly timer based recording no NBR.
     
  9. Paul Secic

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    Question: Do they make HD sets with built in DVD players? Just curiois.
     
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    See post above.
     
  11. harsh

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    No. Now if you had asked about the inclusion of a HD-DVD player, then that might be a reasonable question.
     
  12. olgeezer

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    Like other flat panel displays it could be 10 to 12 generations before CNT technology is affordable. SED which uses CNT technology has been delayed from 2005 until 2007. No prices yet other than a promise to be competitive with other flat displays in that size. Toshiba and Canon have already invested aan existing plant and billions of dollars in research, production and construction costs.
     
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    And then the tv's in 3D will come up :rolleyes:
    and then HD 3D TV's :cool:
    and HD 3D DVD
    until you'll probably end up watching a tv so technologically advanced and with an image alot more clear than if you were there, for example at the Superbowl, and people will say, why go to the superbowl, if I can watch the game live at home on my tv, with a sharper image than being there live at the game. :lol:
     
  17. Cholly

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    Wal-Mart advertises an Initial 37" LCD HDTV Monitor with upconverting DVD player in an "Audio Console" for $1198. Not built in, mid you, but included. Requires a settop box to tune HD channels. Initial also used to have a 17 inch HD monitor with builtin DVD player.

    Guys, in less than 3 years, the digital TV age will be upon us. By thenm, there will be a much larger number of shows being produced in HD.

    If you are in the market for a television with a screen size of 25 inches or larger, you would IMHO be foolhardy not to buy a HD set. If you are a cable or satellite subsrciber, an integrated ATSC tuner is not essential, since it is useful only for OTA reception. However, if OTA reception of local HD stations is available in your area, you will get a better picture with the integrated tuner than you will from a satellite or cable provider.

    I'm a firm believer in HDTV for both picture and sound quality, even via cable or satellite. We have seven TV's in our house, three of which are HD. Guess which ones get watched the most!
     
  18. Steve Mehs

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    That’s the other great thing.

    Dolby Digital 5.1. I don’t use my TV speakers, haven’t for years, and it is my belief TVs shouldn’t even come with speakers anymore after a certian point. I don’t want to hear CSI, The Unit and the rest of the shows I watch in Dolby Pro Logic, that’s so 1990s, much less crappy 2 channel 11.5 watt simulated surround sound from TV speakers. It’s 2006 Dolby Digital should be the norm for everything. Having my shows not only in crystal clear HD, but listening to them in DD5.1 makes everything more enjoyable.
     
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    Nobody knows what will happen in 3 years but if the prices for a HD set is still as expensive as now I see about 9/10th of the population using converter boxes for over the air reception. Right now HD is for the nitch and rich so if they want to sell these things make them more affordable. Under a $1000 or even under $800 for a 37" - 40" and up.
     
  20. digital223

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    Has anyone checked out the Sceptre web site. Sceptre is offeing 37" and 42" HDTV's priced far below the brand names we all are familiar with. Aside from the price, the technology they are including in the equipment makes their products a "gotta get one".
    I bought my son and his family a 37" Sceptre® X37SV-Naga LCD for $1499. If you can find one the 42" has the same specs. price about $2000.

    1920x1080
    8ms
    1000:1
    Atsc tuner
    Hdmi,Dvi, component,composite,vga etc
    Picture is awesome, and the unit can be conected to a pc.
    lousey speakers!
    Take a look at the competition's prices for a 37" 1080p HDTV !

    http://www.sceptre.com/index.htm
     
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