I’m not one to make a leap of faith and adopt every new piece of technology as soon as it comes along. I like to take my time and wait for new technology to mature or in the case of some, fail spectacularly and disappear without trace.
You might remember the names of some of these ‘next big thing’ technologies, but you certainly won’t find any of them for sale in electrical retailers today. The technology disasters of recent years include Minidisc players, BETAMAX Video Recorders, HDDVD Players and Digital Audio Tape. An article on the techradar website has a more comprehensive list of technology that didn’t make it.
Although I’ve had no doubts about the staying power of the TV itself, I have resisted going out to update to an LCD TV, even though my 15 year old conventional TV has been showing signs of an imminent break down for some time now.
Since LCD TVs came along there have been some pretty big changes to them. Perhaps the most important is that the price has come down from their very high starting point. The TVs features have changed a lot too; HD ready has become Full HD and new features like SMART TV, Freeview HD and 3D have become almost standard features.
Freeview HD is a real winner for me. I don’t want to pay a subscription fee for my TV services – the license fee is enough as far as I’m concerned. I find it annoying that some of the subscription companies charge and extra fee for HD channels. Admittedly there aren’t as many channels on the Freeview HD service, but the number is steadily growing. You can see the full channel line up on the Freeview HD website.
I’m also keen to try the movies on demand services from Netflix or LoveFilm. You can access these from a SMART TV via the internet connection. These services blur the boundaries between the subscription TV providers. They give access to great movies, yet only charge a low monthly subscription or a pay per view fee.
I’ve decided that now TVs have all this is the time to make my investment. I probably sound like a real penny pincher but I’m still going to shop around for the cheapest place to buy from. The high street is definitely out – that’s just a showroom for me to work out which model I like best. So far the Cheap LCD TV seems like the best place I’ve found online. They’ve got some really good deals on that show just how overpriced the high street is.
It might have taken me a long time to catch up with everyone else who already has LCD TVs but I think the wait has been worth it. The early adopters are stuck with TVs that don’t have half the features of the latest ones and cost so much that they couldn’t possible justify upgrading to a newer one. I think my patience has paid off.