Originally Posted by Mavinwow
I think you are being far too optimistic on the availability and pricing of the R series. The holiday shopping/black friday season is for the E-series, maybe the M-series. The person who is buying the R-series is not waiting for a sale or a deal, it is not the market.
The big question is whether Vizio is offer the 65" Reference Series only through new premium channels like Magnolia/Best Buy or also through their mainstream channels like Costco.
The 80M Series cost $4000 and is offered through Costco, so Costco also offering the 65" Series is not out of the question.
If the 65" R Series is offered through Costco, the importance of Black Friday and the Holiday Shopping Season is clear.
In addition, Vizio product launch strategy this year has been well-conceived and well-executed. The fact that they have been using Product Series release events to update attendees as to the status of the R Series under embargo points to a surprise they have in store for us before the year is out. imagic's quiet confidence that the R Series will actually materialize this year says it all...
On pricing, I'm quite confident the 65" Reference will end up being priced somewhere between $3000 and $3500 - Vizio is very unlikely to confuse themselves with Sony or Panasonic this first time around the flagship/reference track. Samsung is the only competitor Vizio is worried about (other than the up-ad-coming Chinese brands they see in their rearview mirror :-), and Samsung's 65" Flagship, the UN65HU9000 is currently $4300 on Amazon and $2900 at ECTV.
Following the 'head-stuck-in-the-2013-sand' Sony 65X950B, the closest FALD competitor to the 65" Vizio R Series is the Toshiba 65L9400U which currently has a pre-release price of $3500 on Amazon and $3300 at ABT.
The 120" Reference is probably just for show and bragging rights only, but I suspect Vizio is introducing the 65" Reference Series to sell more TVs (read: take significant market share from the Samsung UN65HU9000).
Only a few more months now :-)