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How Much Does High Definition (HDTV) Cost?

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Question: How Much Does High Definition (HDTV) Cost?
Answer: The price of a new HDTV is variable. It is a mixture of how much you are willing to spend versus how much your taste wants you to spend. Aside from that, there are several tangible costs that affect HDTV:

  • 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.

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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.

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