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December 20, 2007

What Type Of Service Provision Is Best? Cable? Satellite? FiOS?

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So you already know there'll be a brand new LCD or plasma set gracing your home theater setup as of Christmas day. You've chosen all your accessories and even made a choice between Blu-ray and HD DVD. You still have another choice to make. How'll you receive television content? Cable? Satellite? FiOS? Ben Hardy has penned an excellent article over at Electronic House that lets you in on the pros and cons of each service provider. Definitely a must-read for new HDTV owners this holiday season.

Via Electronic House

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December 8, 2007

Got HDTV Questions? Call Panasonic's Plasma Concierge Service

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Have any questions about your HDTV hook-up this Christmas? Panasonic has relaunched their Plasma Concierge service through until February 3, 2008 and unlike last year, you don't have to be a Panasonic plasma owner to use it. Live experts will be open to HDTV questions for any make and model and if you don't have an HDTV yet and aren't sure exactly what you need, they'll do an over-the-phone assessment of your TV-watching environment, budget, etc. and provide you with the best models to suit your needs. Just expect they'll be peddling off Panasonic models.

You can access the Plasma Concierge service by calling 1-888-777-1170 Monday to Friday 9 AM to 9 PM ET, and Saturday to Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM ET.

Via Marketwire

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November 29, 2007

Guide To Buying The Best HD Home Theater System

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What Do These Numbers Mean?

Gadget blog Shiny Shiny has put together a resourceful guide to putting together the best high-def home theater system via their sister site HDTV UK. It explains everything from the different types of HDTV's, decoding all the spec numbers for screen resolution, brightness, and contrast ratio, as well as video connections and sound specs. Definitely something you should check out whether you're new to the HDTV buying scene or a self-declared expert.

Via Shiny Shiny

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November 3, 2007

HDTV Buying Tip: Do Not Purchase An Extended Warranty

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Consumer Reports: Panasonic's 50-inch TH-50PZ700U Plasma TV Best Model Ever Tested

When you go out and buy a flat-panel TV this holiday season, here is an important tip to remember: do not buy an extended warranty! Consumer Reports released a report yesterday that found LCD and plasma TV's rarely require repairs during the first 3 years of their lifetimes, a time covered by standard warranties. LCD and plasma sets overall have a repair rate of only 3% and the majority of those repairs are free because they fall under standard warranties. The very few consumers who did pay for repairs paid on average $264 for LCD sets and $395 for plasmas. Factor in the $300 or so you'll probably pay for the extended warranty and the <3% chance you'll have to pay for a repair, you can see why you shouldn't purchase the extended warranty.

The report which will be featured in the December issue of Consumer Reports' magazine also rated brands and models based on their overall reliability. Panasonic's 50-inch TH-50PZ700U plasma model was deemed by Consumer Reports to be the best flat-panel ever tested and overall Panasonic LCD and plasma sets had the lowest rates of repair falling under 2%. Other brands with better than average rates of repair included Sony, Samsung, Toshiba and JVC in LCDs and Pioneer and Samsung in plasmas. Among the less reliable brands included Dell (who no longer manufacture TV's), Hitachi and Phillips' plasma models.

Not surprisingly, rear-projection TV's, especially those using digital light processing (DLP) technology were much more repair-prone averaging an 18% repair rate. This is most likely due to the use of a bulb in rear-projection sets and bulb replacements accounted for 25% of overall repairs. Because bulb replacement typically falls under standard warranty, Consumer Reports once again recommended that buyers do not purchase the extended warranty for rear-projection sets and if they chose otherwise, to make sure the extended warranty costs less than a replacement bulb or no more than 15% of the TV's purchase price.

Via Information Week

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September 27, 2007

54 LCD TVs' Power Consumption Compared

Fall football and TV viewing is upon us and so is the higher cost of electricity. Want to find out how 54 LCD TVs' compared to each other with power consumption, and help reduce your power bill and go a bit green? CNET has a very interesting set of charts showing you the cost of owning and operating an LCD TV. We really liked the "Basics of TV Power" article as well.


At 54 TVs' consumption compared

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September 25, 2007

Best Buy Reveals 89% Of Consumers Don't Fully Understand HDTV

Frustrated with the amount of HDTVs returned last Christmas season, as well as the number of customers entering stores equating flat-panel TVs with HDTVs, Best Buy recently commissioned a study that shed light on the lack of consumer education available for potential buyers of HDTVs and how that has affected Best Buy's sales.

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Best Buy estimates that it takes in around 70% of its annual profit during the Christmas season and they expect to rely on flat-panel HDTV sales to fuel much of that profit. So, they must have found it shocking that the study, conducted in the form of a survey of 1012 consumers nationwide in early August, revealed that "89% of people lack a complete understanding of HDTV technology" and 48% completely underestimate the costs of buying one.

What's the reasoning behind the high numbers? Well, you must remember that if you're looking for a flat-panel TV you're not necessarily looking for an HDTV. Purchasing an HDTV isn't just a financial committment that ends once you purchase the TV. You must upgrade to an HDTV service provider and consider additional costs for cables, audio equipment and other related products.

Best Buy has moved to correct this by launching an "HD Done Right" education campaign on its website where the company provides resources that allow you to design the best HDTV package for your needs. They also provide links to a wealth of home entertainment information on CNET.com.

Obviously the majority of the education program is meant to increase awareness of Best Buy products, so we'll be offering in anticipation of the coming Christmas season a whole line-up of articles solely devoted to increasing your knowledge of HDTV so you can make the perfect purchase this holiday season.

Via CNNMoney

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Low On Cash? The Best LCD TV For A Tight Budget

We think this article on LCD TVs on a Budget is pretty solid. Though the reviewer picks out some 15" LCD TVs, we think you can even get a 20" on a shoe string budget.

LCD TVs are no doubt the Cadillac of televisions. They bring us a crisp, clear view of our favorite movies and shows the way a plasma or regular old TV can never do. They are designed so that you can watch television from any angle and the view won’t be distorted. You get less glare with your LCD TV, and they are the lightest and most compact televisions on the market. Not to mention the fact that your husband drools when you say, ‘LCD TV.’

At LCD TVs on a Budget

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April 5, 2006

How to Buy a Plasma TV

Are you ready to start looking for a Plasma TV? Well, here's another buying guide from ABCNews to get you started.

Resolution is another factor in the cost and image quality of a plasma display. For pixel-based display devices like plasma televisions, native resolution refers to the number of unique pixels provided along the display's horizontal and vertical axes. For displays 50 inches and larger, the native resolution matches or slightly exceeds the resolution delivered in a 720p HDTV broadcast signal. Pioneer recently announced its PRO-FHDI 50-inch plasma display, which will offer 1080p native resolution (1,920 by 1,080 pixels), effectively doubling the number of pixels offered by current 50-inch panels. The more pixels a display offers for its screen size, the closer to the screen a viewer can sit without noticing the display's pixel structure.

There's nothing here we haven't told you before but we wanted to give you a little refresher material.

At ABCNews

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February 14, 2006

Step-by-Step: Buying a TV

buytv1.jpgWith all of the choices and new technologies, it's getting a lot harder to decide what type of TV to buy these days. That's why we try to offer you as buying advice and tips as we do. We recently ran across a really nice TV Buying Guide from Consumer Reports that starts out:

A lot has changed in the past few years, and you have more choices than ever. Our step-by-step guide contains the essential information you need to find the TV that best suits your preferences and your budget.

The tutorial covers these topics:

  • TV types
  • Image quality
  • Screen size
  • Screen shape
  • Connections
  • Features

If you're in the market for a new TV, we highly recommend starting with this article at Consumer Reports.

More Info at ConsumerReports.com

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December 23, 2005

Holiday Shopping: What to Look for in a TV

So you've finished all of your Christmas shopping and you've got just enough room on the card for that new TV? Before you run out and get the latest and greatest thing, you'll want to check out this decent article at StLouisToday.com. The article starts:

All of us grew up on analog TV; the first black-and-white broadcasts appeared in the 1920s, with color programs coming in the 1950s. But analog is, basically, a radio signal, and radio signals vary in strength. That’s why, for example, you still hear hiss even on the clearest radio program, or see flecks of “snow” and double images on TV shows.

Digital signals are transmitted using computer code, thus reducing broadcast interference. They also take up less space, or “bandwidth,” on a particular frequency, allowing room for several broadcast channels, instead of just one.

We might have stayed with analog if not for computers. Because we sit closer to computers than TVs, computer monitors have higher “resolution” — more dots or minute lines making up a particular image — to minimize eye strain. Now, with more people used to the better images on their computers, they want the same on their TV.

Overall, this is a pretty decent article to get you started looking for that new TV.

At StLouisToday.com

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