Originally Posted by mrhan
It's kind of lame that Hitachi chose not to add a QAM decoder; especially for those that don't want to use a STB.
True, but lack of QAM kept the initial price down.
Actually that and the removal of the "HD tuner" (still does digital OTA, but only displays actual HD via component/HDMI inputs--OTA HD gets dumped to 480i then internally rescaled to 1080i)
Because of that, you could jump on the 51" for around $600 when CC/BB/etc were blowing them out.
For that price, you could easily afford an ext HD tuner or just suck it up and get a cable box (or HD Tivo or whatever with cablecard abilities).
Rather they make the cuts there than in the optics.