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Sports events a driving factor behind HDTV sales  (Source: Vizio)
High-definition console owners makeup 18 percent of HDTV purchases

Most gamers tend to be early adopters of technology. Those who own an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 know full well that a high-definition television is required in order to appreciate the visuals of the latest games to their fullest.

It should surprise few then to learn that of all consumers who purchased an HDTV in the past year, 18 percent of those were gamers buying the set just to connect either an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

As reported in findings from research firm Frank N. Magid Associates, 25 percent of U.S. households or 28 million now have at least one HDTV set, that up from a penetration of 20 percent in September 2007. 5.5 million homes introduced HDTV during the holiday and Super Bowl season. 3 million homes added  a second HDTV during the same period.

"Consumers who become accustomed to the sleek and contemporary appearance of their first HD set are now looking to bring that benefit into other rooms in their home," says Maryann Baldwin VP of Magid Media Futures.

While a growing number of homes may have televisions capable of displaying at least a 720p picture, some are still feeding their HDTVs standard definition signals. "However owning an HDTV set and actually viewing HD are still two very different pursuits for many," added Baldwin.

70 percent of HDTV owners have some form of access to high-definition content, while the remaining 30 percent cite costs and a limited number of channels available in high definition as reasons for not making the jump.

Three in ten households intends to purchase a new television, many of those HD capable, within the next year. Nearly a quarter of those who do not own an HDTV currently expressed that they feel it is important to be able to watch the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in high-definition.

Magid said that it conducted this online research among 1,235 consumers nationally representative of the U.S. online population, age 21 and over.

"Now that the early majority has joined the ranks of the HD adopters, the demographic makeup of the HD population is looking more like the overall U.S. TV viewing universe," says Jill Rosengard Hill, Magrid VP and managing director.

Product price and mass market adoption of HDTVs are inversely related. Thanks to value-oriented brands such as Vizio, which has overtaken traditional electronics giants such as Sony and Samsung in sales, consumers are finding the jump into high-definition more affordable than expected.

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RE: Well I don't have one...
By Noya on 4/25/2008 5:57:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but budget for a new bulb every every few years, depending on how much you have it on.

RE: Well I don't have one...
By Locutus465 on 4/25/2008 6:32:21 PM , Rating: 3
There are options, LED DLP's for instance... Or if you don't want to pay the premium for that, then a bulb should last you at least 2 or 3 years and costs about $200 to replace.

RE: Well I don't have one...
By Spuke on 4/25/2008 7:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
I'll have to check but it's less than $200 to replace the bulb.

RE: Well I don't have one...
By iFX on 4/25/08, Rating: -1
RE: Well I don't have one...
By FITCamaro on 4/25/2008 9:00:42 PM , Rating: 2
I've had my DLP for a year and a half. Haven't replaced the bulb. Typically the bulb is good for three years I think. And thats at full brightness. You're usually only running it around 50%. And the service plan I bought on the TV through Best Buy covers the bulb. :)

RE: Well I don't have one...
By Spuke on 4/25/2008 10:24:36 PM , Rating: 2
Mine lasted for 3 years and we never noticed it getting dim. We don't have it at fun brightness either. The new bulb is supposed to be a better part than the original so we hope it lasts more than 3 years. If you buy just the bulb and not the housing it's WAY cheaper. We paid $110 for ours.

RE: Well I don't have one...
By Schrag4 on 4/25/2008 10:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
Why don't you just set aside the 500-1000 dollars that you'll save over a similar sized LCD to pay for replacement bulbs? That way you can enjoy an arguably better picture for the 5 - 15 years that those replacement bulbs will afford you?

Seriously, the only draw I can see of LCD is the fact that you can hang it on the wall. When I finally get an HDTV in the next few years, I'll be getting a large, cheap DLP that has no ghosting and an extremely high contrast ratio compared to LCDs. There were sales here recently where you could pick up a 65" 1080p native, 3 HDMI input DLP for 1300 bucks. 1300 would get you what, a 46, 42 inch LCD?

RE: Well I don't have one...
By iFX on 4/26/08, Rating: 0
RE: Well I don't have one...
By Spuke on 4/26/2008 1:24:38 AM , Rating: 2
It doesn't cost $150-$200 a year to maintain a DLP TV. You're being foolish.

RE: Well I don't have one...
By steve1014 on 4/26/2008 3:08:34 PM , Rating: 2
If you are buying a $2,000 DLP HDTV then budget is clearly not your concern. A quality 50"-60" 1080p DLP HDTV ranges in price from $1000-1500 if you do a small amount of bargain shopping.

Also the $150-$200 per year in maintenance is really high considering a bulb only costs $100-$300 and lasts 2-4 years depending on the quality of the bulb and the set you have. So really your maintenance cost is $50-$150 a year (quite possibly less). And the first 2 to 3 years come free because it already came with a bulb in the unit.

Using the worst possible numbers. You could buy a 6o" DLP TV($1500) replace a bulb after 2 years($150), replace another one after another 2 years($150), and replace one more bulb two years later($150). You would have a 60" high guality HDTV for 8 years for $1950. Still below your $2000.

And thats not counting the fact that the better TVs usually have better bulb life.

And LCD's don't have bulbs to replace. You're getting your technologies mixed up.

RE: Well I don't have one...
By omnicronx on 4/27/2008 3:11:07 AM , Rating: 2
And LCD's don't have bulbs to replace.
Sure they do.. different kind, but still a bulb..LCD displays do not emmit enough light alone, unlike a plasma or crt it utilizes a backlight... one of the reasons higher contrast ratios and true blacks are harder to achieve on LCDs.

RE: Well I don't have one...
By steve1014 on 4/27/2008 6:04:39 PM , Rating: 2
bulbs to replace.

that was the key to the statement that LCD bulbs are not intended to be replaced

RE: Well I don't have one...
By omnicronx on 4/28/2008 1:21:36 PM , Rating: 2
Who told you that? Typically on a laptop at least, after around 3-4 years a new backlight is required. If your screen is starting to turn a pinkish colour instead of the brilliant white it used to be, a new backlight may be required. Just because your screen does not go blank, does not mean your LCD is reproducing the colours to the best of its ability.

RE: Well I don't have one...
By Locutus465 on 4/27/2008 2:13:34 PM , Rating: 2
I haven't checked pricing on my RPTV's bulb pricing yet though I've been considering picking up a replacement just to have that out of the way. At anyrate, we have a DLP front projector at work with a blown out bulb which cost $200.. Admititngly that's a front projector which will require higher lums than a rear projector to create a good picture than a front projector.

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