Yes, blepore, I agree the warranty is a big plus.
Ofer, fwiw, the incredibly tiny number of HD STBs sold in the U.S. indicates that most HD display buyers are *not* watching HD at all. If their sets were rendered somewhat obsolete and they didn't even learn of it until a few years from now (which is likely, as they'd dribble in for an HD box or an HD-DVD player) the outcry would be pretty small in sheer numbers.
I just bought a non-HDCP HDTV, but at a price that makes it "disposable." Plus, it does the squeeze, plays DVDs great, and will be able to get OTA HD from the DTC-100 indefinitely. I am not expecting it to support HD DVD nor next-generation HD over satellite via component, nor counting on it to do so.
When I buy a plasma, it will be "future proofed" to support copy protected input. I find that loathsome, but necessary.
The NEC MP3 MSRP is $7,995 and sells for $5,000. So I would expect that the MP4 would be selling between $6,000 and $7,000. Since the Pio is $6,995 at Dell I would not be surprised if the NEC came in less than that. My prediction, $6,495. I wonder what this will do to the price point of the MP3.
As for obsolescence , your only protection against obsolescence is to buy a 480 line display. I wonder to what extent you can really see the resolution difference in this size display unless you are right on top of it. From 10 feet can you even see the difference?
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