That was my mistake. I made the poor assumption that I could watch TV after my purchase.
I apologize for being offensive, it wasn't my intention to vent frustration on good people. Maybe someone will benefit by not making the mistakes I have made. After all Toshiba has put me through, to have the lamp explode because I use it, put me over the top. Then to learn that it is going to be a regular occurance, people should just be made aware...these TV's are going to siphon you for as long as you own it. I guess by now there are many who are just afraid to turn it on. 2000 hours between repairs, in my view, is a consumer tragedy. It comes to you from a company that lied, saying 8000 hrs. Unfortunately for me, it was not the first lie from Toshiba.
I see where at least one aftermarket company has begun making these bulbs with the high demand for them.
Within a year or 2, the bulb will cost more than the TV is worth.
But the picture is awesome, assuming you are not waiting for a bulb assembly in the mail. Hey, I'm just happy not to be on Toshibas unofficial, post production beta tester list any more. I lost 40 hours troubleshooting cablecard issues for them... UNDER WARRANTY. There is a lemon law for cars, but not TV's. I don't know what I was thinking. I feel completely used and abused, to the point of needing to tell people not to let them do this to you.