December Surprise: HDTV Prices Set to Drop

The prices of flat-screen televisions, already reasonable, are set to drop even further, so that by Christmas next year, it could cost more to hang the new gadget on the wall than to actually purchase it, opines Chicago Tribune “Tech Buzz” columnist Eric Benderoff. Right now there’s excess capacity coupled with a dour economy plus consumers looking for better bargains. The day broadcasters stick to digital signals only (February 17, in case you didn’t know already) will continue to help sell sets. Besides, the sets are as high definition as they will get. Nothing else is more new on the television set horizon. Hence, 2009 will the year to buy, buy, and buy.