Are You Buying on Black Friday?

Thanksgiving is great for celebrating family and gluttony, but it’s also the last impediment between you and Black Friday, the day stores reel you in with low low LOW prices! But with the economy in the dumps, seems like everyone is making a prediction as to how much you’ll spend and what you’ll buy. Here’s just a sampling:

  • comScore forecasts flat holiday online spending at $29.2 billion and total holiday spending at $131.3 billion
  • eMarketer predicts $30.3 billion in online spending and a total of $136.8 billion
  • Six in 10 U.S. shoppers plan on cutting back in at least one category of communications and media entertainment, according to a new survey by Oliver Wyman, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies, but the company sees HDTV sales growing 3 percent
  • Nielsen forecasts holiday sales of $98 billion, but its survey found that 35 percent of respondents plan to spend less this year
  • The NPD Group found that many people who were planning to buy 40-inch or bigger flat panel TVs have changed their mind because of the bad economy
  • An ABI Research survey found that 18 percent of respondents were planning on purchasing an HDTV this holiday season

But those are just projections. We want to know how the economy is impacting your holiday shopping.
The Wall Street Journal writes that Black Friday discounts on HDTVs will extend through the end of the year — will you be picking up a new television? And would the arrival of a $150 Blu-ray player get you to switch to the high-definition format? Or are you ditching DVDs altogether to buy a set-top box from the likes of Apple, Netflix or Blockbuster? Tell us what you’re buying and give us your tips on how to find the best bargains for video products this holiday season.

Bad Economy Hitting HDTV Sales?

The Wall Street Journal writes that sales of electronics were down 14 percent year-over-year in September. HDTVs are among the slumping sales categories.

Apple Developing Networked LCD HDTV/Apple TV Hybrid?

Perhaps tired of notebooks hogging the spotlight lately, Apple TV is the subject of new rumors that surfaced this past weekend.

Jason Calacanis is making claims that Cupertino is developing a line of network-ready HDTV’s with built-in Apple TV functionality.  The TV’s would offer the same feature-set as the current Apple TV peripheral, but would cut out the extra hardware, offering the ability to stream your content directly from any Mac or PC on your local network.
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How to View HD Without an HDTV

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If you’re unwilling to pony up the kind of cash it takes to buy an HDTV and maintain a monthly satellite or cable subscription, but you still want to view HD content, you’re in luck — especially if you already spend much of your time in front of a computer. With the help of some of the following tips, HD content without an HDTV can be at your fingertips.
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