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Consumers, who were forced to replace their TVs won’t likely have a motivation to buy another one for a while.

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Koki Shiraishi, an analyst at Daiwa Securities Capital Markets Co. He says that with more than 90% of Japanese households already owning flat-screen TVs, some purchased with recent incentives, the switchover from analog to digital may dampen sales of new sets. (Bloomberg)

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the switchover from analog to digital may dampen sales of new sets.

so now go back and switchover from digital to analog....!

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duh

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Meanwhile the red cross society in Japan is spending part of the collected donations from overseas to provide more than 50000 households in the Tsunami affected areas with brandnew 32 inch flat-screen TV sets as a gift. This is something, JapanToday should report about. (It was reported in the daily Yomiuri).

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If anything, the prevalence of 3D TVs are probably hurting sales more than the switch to 地デジ. It's hard to find a good TV without 3D.

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3D is the beginning of the 'digital camera' approach to TVs, throwing in more features and supposedly better quality. 3D Grade 1, better 3D Grade 2, then 'Real 3D', then 'Ultra 3D'... if they can get the price of bigger sets down the way they did with 32 Inch (which really aren't expensive any more), they can have their upgradeitis going. Because in the old days, you just got a TV and kept it.

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Because in the old days, you just got a TV and kept it.

An old CRT made well can last 20+ years. The older plasma screens only lasted 30,000-100,000 hrs (many already in the trash). People get caught into this stuff and end up upgrading every year or two just like a Microsoft Windows addict.

=Buy quality $$ and expect the product to last. Enforce the guarantees that a company provides you.

Will a cheap $300 12Mpix camera give you a better picture than your old 5Mpix that cost $1000 (now worth $100-200 used) and actually had quality glass lenses in it. I still look for the made in Japan label.

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