I am stunned by the lack of models in Plasma and LCD models w/ Cablecard. I have looked at the websites for CC, Wally, HH Gregg, BB and at most they have one model w/ Cablecard (for 42" panels).
I would have thought this would be a big feature for FP since the elimination of the box goes very well w/ the form factor of the flat panel.
I have basically found (mainly looking at Plasma but have noticed a few LCDs) one model from Panasonic, one from Hitachi, one from Samsung, one from Toshiba (LCD), and that is basically it (at least in the lower priced 42" models). Actually pretty slim pickings.
I am looking for a unit for my bedroom for casual TV watching so I am not looking for the perfect TV just a decent HD TV. So for this application I would think eliminating the STB for cable would be a great thing to have. This seems like a common use for a FP, but obviously I an not the normal customer. I actually thought that the Government mandated that Cablecard slots were put in, but maybe I remember incorrectly.
Truthfully, I would not mind a unit that has a DVD built in as well, but I have only seen a Westy 40" LCD (no cablecard) and a Toshiba 37" but nothing in the 42" range. Any ideas?
Actually eliminating the STB is probably the most important feature I am looking for and picture quality is secondary. Putting up this TV w/ no boxes of any kind would make it 'fit' in my bedroom perfectly.
Is my perfect FP out there somewhere or anyone heard of something lie this in the pipeline?