The Cost of Television
As I have previously mentioned, I have escaped the 1st 30yrs of my life without buying a TV. That is all coming to an end as I wrap up my assignment and move back into my house. This will be the first time I ever spend any extended period living without roommates and therefore the 1st time I need to consider buying a TV.
I recognize I can not live without a TV. It’s a shame, but the TV plays an important enough role in my life (news, water cooler talk for "Lost" and other shows, weeknight comedies, and of course, college football) that I know I need to have some sort of TV arrangement. But what?
Here are a couple of my considerations:
-I'm engaged and my fiancée has a newer 32" standard definition TV. When we get married and move in together we will have multiple TVs.
-I am likely going another assignment in the later half of 2007. Since I will probably be spending up to a year in another geography, whatever TV I purchase might be sitting in storage for awhile. This is a wildcard.
-This is my 1st time "nesting" since I have always had roommates or been on assignment. I have lots of things I still need to settle in. A few small appliances, maybe some more furniture eventually, various decor, a surround sound system, etc. Out of everything I see the TV as the biggest priority since I would get the most use out of it.
I have come up with a couple options:
LCD HD 27"-32" TV ~$550-$1,000
A compelling option for me for a couple reasons. I have a small house - the slim profile of the TV would certainly help save space in my living room; I'm a typical guy and it would be nice to have a manly, respectable tv to boost to my friends and entertain with; and they just look cool! If I went with this kind of TV it would be the main TV when I and my fiancee merge household furnishings. Getting High Def cable or satellite is likely out in the near term from a budget stand point, but I could likely get over the air HD broadcasts and watch dvds on it.
Standard Definition 27"-32" tube TV ~$280-$350
The defacto option for me - a large enough TV for a living room. Unless I found a compelling deal in the other areas - I would probably just go buy a TV at Walmart in this area. However this would only get me the same kind of TV my fiancee has - I am not sure what good 2 of them will do us in 9 months or so when we merge our household goods.
The cheapest TV I can find. Probably something like a 20"-27" tv that is on sale <$200.
Since my fiancee has a 32" tv already, I could save a little money by trying to make due with a low-budget tv until we are married and move in together. Price would be the main criteria if I went with this type of TV.
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