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Not saying it's a bad TV, but I have yet to see, what I would consider, a good HD-TV being sold at WM. If you read the specs on any of the TVs they sell (in store,) you will see that even the largest TVs they sell only have a resolution 1366x768, which will display a max resolution of 768P. That's not a resolution that is part of the HD "standard", so most things will display at 720P, unless the TV up-converts them to the non-standard ratio.

If you are looking for a decent TV, get something with FULL resolution of 1920x1080 (1080i or 1080P). They are readily available in stores (other than WM), and are generally comparable in price.

Also be sure to watch the "contrast ratio." A decent TV would have a ratio of 1000:1 (1000 to 1) or higher. The higher the first number, the better. Personally, I wouldn't settle for less than 1500:1, but that's just me.

You will thank yourself for doing this when you finally get into watching TRUE HD content...
 

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I agree whole heartedly with Femaster....but! A 1080i or 1080p is going to cost approx $1000 more!...and there currently aren't any HD television networks that are currently broadcasting that signal, and if you want to take full advantage of the resolution for movies, you'll want a HD or Blueray dvd player. ( another 4 or 5 hundred )
 

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A wonderful deal! Still, if I'm going to spend that much, I want to see it in a store. Also there is still tax,duty and possibly some additional shipping charges to Canada.
 

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Actually, HD-DVD players have come down a lot. If you look at the Toshiba line, the prices are EXTREMELY reasonable. I got a very good deal at WM on the HD-A2 HD-DVD player (1080i) on their "special sale" for $100.

Good deals can be had in many locations, however. You can buy the newer model, the HD-A3 (also 1080i) for $131 at Amazon.com (free ship), $138 at buy.com (free ship), $150 at Circuit City, Best Buy, or TigerDirect.com.

If you are looking for 1080P, you could get the HD-A30 for only a little more; $171 from Amazon.com (free ship), $200 at Circuit City, and Best Buy.

There were even better deals on these the other day, but now I can't seem to find them...
 

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i personally bought the hd drive for the 360, as best buy had a deal 2 movies, 1st season of hero's plus the rebate for 5 more hd movies.

It is a shame that all these film companies are bailing on the HD format it seems
 

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It is a shame that all these film companies are bailing on the HD format it seems

Yeah, I was hearing that. Universal, if I am remembering correctly (too lazy to look it up). Blu-Ray now appears to have the upper hand. :crying5: I'm not bailing on my HD-DVD any time soon, I'm going to ride it out, fail or succeed. Guess I'm just set in my ways. :)
 

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--it was Warner Bros. dumping HD DVD. this in turn is causing all kinds of choas in the hi def world. other studios are said to soon be following suit. many consider the price drops by toshiba a final last shot at making the format a success. unfortunately, i believe it is too little too late. don't get me wrong, i have the top of the line XA2 player and love it, but i also purchased a ps3 for blu-ray *just in case*.
--as far as WM not having 1080i/p sets, they do. perhaps not in all locations, but they are out there. i considered purchasing one myself, but revitalized my old mits 55" rptv (1080i). they have a polaroid 42" 1080i set for $948 (YMMV). http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=7811042#reviews
i know they have that one in store, so go check that one out if you want to buy from walmart. best buy will generally have some decent sales going on with HDTVs. may want to check them out or other electronic chain or local shop within your area. good luck with your search...

hey, what part of iowa are you from!?!?
 
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