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Hello everyone. I'm in the market for a new hdtv and had been researching the rear projection sets for the past few months but just decided to switch to a plasma. After going to a friends place and seeing how nice one looked on the wall we decided that was the way to go. It is a little exhausting staring this search over again so any help is greatly appreciated.

We are looking for something around 50"-56" for around $3000. I love watching two football games at once so it must have some type of P&P. A tv that looks best for sports would be my main concern.

Thanks again for the help.
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dont buy a panny th-50phd8uk. if you want to hook something up and cant do it, the manual wont help and nobody here will know what you're talking about.
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Originally Posted by CH5220
Hello everyone. I'm in the market for a new hdtv and had been researching the rear projection sets for the past few months but just decided to switch to a plasma. After going to a friends place and seeing how nice one looked on the wall we decided that was the way to go. It is a little exhausting staring this search over again so any help is greatly appreciated.

We are looking for something around 50"-56" for around $3000. I love watching two football games at once so it must have some type of P&P. A tv that looks best for sports would be my main concern.
I also started out looking at RPTVs (a few years ago) but i liked the Plasma's image a LOT better so i held off till the technology matured a bit more and prices came down, then finally bought one (14 months ago). I'm still blown away with the picture quality, and very happy with it's SD performance.

I think most here would agree that football looks better and more natural on a Plasma than it does on LCD, and you can get more screen size for your dollar too.

The PIP thing might be a bit of a problem, assuming you're going to watch the games over a roof antenna then you have to limit your search to TVs with two ATSC tuners and the ability to display one in a PIP window or Split Screen of some sort while watching the other and in this day of cheaping out on features i'm not sure if any of the TVs do this anymore or not.

If you have digital cable, your provider might have an HD DVR that has it's own built-in two-tuner PIP (like my TWC SA8300HDs) which works on any TV.

Some TVs have PIP that display different inputs in the PIP window but we'd have to know the details of your TV source(s) to see if this would work for you. Let us know if you have cable/satellite/OTA and list all your video components/STBs etc and what kind of connections they utilize.
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Originally Posted by CH5220
Hello everyone. I'm in the market for a new hdtv and had been researching the rear projection sets for the past few months but just decided to switch to a plasma. After going to a friends place and seeing how nice one looked on the wall we decided that was the way to go. It is a little exhausting staring this search over again so any help is greatly appreciated.

We are looking for something around 50"-56" for around $3000. I love watching two football games at once so it must have some type of P&P. A tv that looks best for sports would be my main concern.

Thanks again for the help.
Check out the Samsung HP-S5053. Sounds like just what you're looking for except that it only has one-tuner PIP. However, check with your local cable provider, as some of their HD DVR's will allow PIP through the cable box.
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Thanks everyone. Right now I have an old CRT that has 2-tuner PIP, with one source being analog cable out straight from the wall and the other source coming from the HD cable box. The cable box is a dual tuner DVR from Comcast (Motorola DCT3412-I) but I asked them if there was any way to view both tuners with PIP and they looked at me like I had two heads. Assuming that there is no way to use PIP with this box, I guess I would definitely need a tv with a 2-tuner PIP.
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