Luxury Electronics: Remember in school when one kid did something bad and everyone got punished? Well, when it comes to technology, America is getting shafted because of a few procrastinating citizens.
What am I talking about? Well, have you wondered when TV stations are going to make the move to digital broadcasting? Looks like you'll be waiting a few more years. According to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, everyone in the US was supposed to have access to digital television by now (or at least by the end of this year). The cutoff date has now been pushed back to April 7, 2009 because not enough consumers made the switch to digital television to justify shutting off the analog signals.
So, what's it gonna take to get those lagging behind the rest of our technophile nation? One thing is certain, the holdouts couldn't be sports fans-because once they see the clarity and crispness of the Big Game on their HDTV there's no turning back. It's like flying first class. Watching a game on anything less is as moot as watching it in black and white.
A compelling reason could be the high price tags and the small selection of available high-definition content and products on the market. The good news is that if you have held out, prices have come down and more products and content are available. Things are certainly looking up for the rest of us waiting on the stragglers-digital television sales rose 60 percent to $17 billion in 2005 according to a recent Consumer Electronics Association report.
For as low as $900, you could find out what all the fuss is about. The Sceptre X32SV-NAGAII HDTV is a great introduction to the HD world.
Of course if you are one of those people who have to go all out when you try something new, you could easily spend five figures on a HDTV. Not impressed by the super sleek look of flat screens? The Philips 30MW9002/37 Mirror TV ($2,300) is perfect for consumers who want their TV to blend with their home furnishings. Like the name implies, the Mirror TV turns into a wall mirror when the power is off. www.flattv.philips.com. So, what are you waiting for?
For LxM Amy Covington
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