After much soul-searching and commitment to devote 2006 to reducing our debt load and saving money, Shannen and I went and bought a new TV last night 😐
Here's the reasoning:
The olympics are coming, and hockey isn't really hockey until the players are life sized.
The xbox 360 (which died while performing mundane tasks on January 21st and thus is still out for repair) is both a progressive scan DVD player (480p) and outputs all games in 720p. Quick tutorial on HD terminology here.
I've suffered without the food and gameshow networks for long enough! I'm excited for old episodes of "Press Your Luck"!
We were coaxed down to Futureshop by a sales associate saying that there was an open box version of the TV I'd decided on. "Open box" are items that have been returned after someone didn't like it. They carry the same warranty as new items, but can be had for a ~10% discount, and are usually a great deal. The sales guy said the open box one was $150 off the already on-sale price, so $350 off list. Pretty good deal. Until he ran that by his manager, and it magically turned into $50 off the sale price. Crud.
You get 10 months free HD box rental (or 6 months free HD+PVR) from Rogers with a tv purchase right now, which saves you around $150. I briefly considered a satellite dish, but the advantage of cable is that you still get analog cable service on other TV's in the house that don't have the box. So our cable bill stays the same as it was before for the first 10 months, and then goes up by the price of the HD box after that (~$15 per month).
Have you made the plunge to HD? What are your experiences? Share in comments.