Four little letters are changing the way viewers watch television - HDTV (High Definition Television). Sales are up, and Super Bowl Sunday is a huge motivator.
"HD is the wave of the future. It is absolutely outstanding picture and the best technology available today," Brad Sherk, salesperson at HH Gregg, said.
Sherk said more lines of resolution make for an impeccable picture. Standard TV has 480. HD has 1080.
High def is in high demand. Al and Paula Kirwan of Brentwood were recently in the market for an HDTV.
"The TV that I bought 12 years ago is on the blink, and it's a 50 inch. And with the new technology out, it wouldn't make any sense to go back with old technology," Al Kirwan said.
The Kirwans were ready to drop a few thousand dollars on their new set.
HD is becoming more affordable -- $379 dollars for one of the cheaper models, while the "Bentley" of TV's will cost around $4,000.
HD has been around for only about five or six years, but Sherk said sales are up now more than ever.
Super Bowl Sunday is a tremendous motivator to buy bigger and better.
According to industry reports, HDTV sales in the US more than doubled last year. Experts said falling prices were the reason for the increase. More programming is becoming available in the high def format, such as NewsChannel 5 newscasts.
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