- Cost of a new HDTV
- Cost of programming
- Cost of accessories
Cost of a new HDTV
A new high definition television will cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to five figures. That isn't very specific, is it? Here is a general guide of what to expect in terms of cost. Of course, prices will fluctuate depending on technology, size and manufacturer:
- Tube (CRT): $500 - $1000 for 30 - 34
- Flat Panel: $1500 - $2500 for 37 - 42
- Projection: $1000 - $2000 for 40 - 50
Estimates based on models sold at Pricegrabber.com
Cost of Programming
High definition programming comes in one of three ways:
- Over-the-Air (OTA) reception: OTA programming from your local broadcast stations is free when an antenna is connected to a HDTV with a built-in digital tuner. The only cost associated with this programming is the cost of the antenna ($20-100).
- Cable or satellite providers: HD programming packages from a cable or satellite provider usually cost about $10/month. Beware of incidental charges like rental or purchase of a HD receiver. Expect to pay about $5/month for rental and $200-300 for the receiver (not including DVR combo).
- High definition (Blu-ray) DVD players: This is a wild card of cost. The newest high definition DVD players can cost more than $1000. High definition DVDs cost $25 and up.
Cost of Accessories
Most people will need a component, HDMI or DVI cable, an antenna or both. High-end Monster cables cost over $100 while cheaper cables cost about $30. HD antennas will cost around $20-100 for most models.
The bottom line is that converting to HD can be expensive. That is why you should be on the lookout for a good deal, know what your shopping for and how the competition prices comparable items.