More Views of CESWaiting for a TV Technology to Inherit the Future
By Rob Pegoraro The Washington Post
Sunday, January 9, 2005; Page F07
LAS VEGAS -- It seems like a long time since the days when we had only one kind of TV set to shop for (excepting those lucky folks rich enough to afford projection screens).
The trusty old cathode-ray tube, however, has been on the endangered-species list for some time. And its place in the electronic ecosystem is not about to be filled by any one successor.
Instead, most of the companies exhibiting at the International CES (short for Consumer Electronics Show) are spreading their efforts across competing technologies, each with its own quirks for consumers to grasp. That's the bad news: The never-ending arguments over the virtues of plasma vs. LCD or digital light processing (DLP) vs. rear-projection LCD are still simmering.
But here's the good news: Even if the industry can't pick a channel and stay with it, it has learned to make some of these sets fit into ordinary budgets. You can pick up a big-screen high-definition set without paying more than a monthly mortgage bill -- before long, for less than the average rent check.