Originally Posted by Trisomy
I saw the original post that you quoted, but I was just confused as to how they can list the tv as "HDTV" on their website. The product description itself calls it "HDTV with 1080i resolution". So is that just a direct lie on Walmart's part?
I wouldn't call it a lie. Just a misprint.
Happens all the time on websites whether it is Walmart's/Circuit City's/Best Buy's/Sears/Etc...
I have yet to see the tv, but at that price I would "highly doubt" it has the capabilities of displaying a 1080i HD picture. Probably a SD 480i, which is all that is required for a "digital tv" to display.
People sometimes get confused on what a digital tv is actually supposed to be.
All that is required for a tv to be digital is:
1. Have a built in ATSC(Over the Air) tuner to receive broadcasts from a digital station via a connected antenna(Clear QAM for cable is, actually a luxury item in a tv's tuner capability right now. It will probably become the norm eventually, but manufacturers are not "required" to have Clear QAM tuner added to the already installed ATSC tuner)
2. And display that picture at 480i(SDTV)
That is it.
You want an ED picture tube(480p) or, most likely, a HD picture tube(1080i display) than you will have to pay extra for it.
Think of it like a car.
You can get a standard vehicle for a good cheap price.
Start adding on Moonroofs/better stereo/Power evverything/etc... and the price goes up for those "luxuries", if you will.
Viewing HD on a capable set is a luxury most are willing to pay for, but it is not the bottom line standard.
SD(480i tubes with ATSC tuners) are and will be, until they cease to exist and either LCD and/or plasma's become the norm.