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by: tvviewer46 January 9, 2008 3:06 PM PST

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How Long Does A HDTV Function Before Requiring Repair?

by tvviewer46 - 1/9/08 3:06 PM

I talked with my local repair shop today about which HDTV has a better record for service before requiring repair. The response was not encouraging.

Apparently plasma and LCD televisions possess the greatest potential for failure on many levels. Rear projection HDTVs don't have as much. Any way you look at it, there's danger in investing thousands of dollars in hi-definition television at this time. My source not only encouraged buying the extended warranty, but wouldn't repair the unit without it. At this time, my source said, the cost for the parts themselves can be as high as the original cost of the television.

CNET writes countless reviews about HDTVs coming on the market. I don't see any follow up articles about the television's track record in the field after one or two years pass. This is information consumers would really like to know.

So,how about it CNET? Can one of your reporters do some leg work and report back which HDTVs have a better record for service after many months in operation over others? All of us who are entertaining buying an HDTV would like to know.

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