Save Money With HDTV
It sounds crazy, but you can actually save money by trading in your old television for a big, new HD TV. I just bought a new 32" LCD HDTV for $463 but expect to get that money back and save an additional $158 this year by doing so!
The premise is simple - think about what you pay each month to you cable or satellite provider? How many TV shows do you actually watch on those cable channels?
Truth is - about 95% of watch I watch on cable are the network tv channels. The only exception to this for me is college football on ESPN. I'll get back to this in a second.
So if such a majority of my tv time is spent watching network tv channels - why pay so much for cable? Well cable/satellite is really the only solution for me to get clear (non-static) TV. With an antenna, the quality on analog channels comes and goes - often getting static and noise in the reception, ruining my TV watching experience. Cable eliminates this issue.
However, I just bought a 32" LCD HDTV for $463 and used an antenna from a friend for $10. I now get all 12 local HD network channels (plus a couple extra that I haven't heard of before) without the static and noise that I couldn't stand. Its amazing picture quality - the best part is the picture is BETTER than the standard cable picture (I would have to upgrade my service to get the HD channels for an extra $16.25/month).
The cost-benefit ratio is now out the window. To maintain Time Warner cable I would be paying $52.58/mo just for non-HD ESPN. I can get just about everything I want to watch for free. This means I can cancel cable service and use those monthly fees to pay for my HDTV.
Heres the numbers for the return just for the next 12 mos:
12mos cable service (non-HD)
32" LCD HDTV
Low profile antenna
Net Savings after 12mos
To summarize - I get a better viewing expierence with HD channels, a 32" LCD HDTV, and money in my pocket compared to the status quo. This is a great investment for me.
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