As if consumers didn't already have enough to worry about (480i vs 720i vs 1080i vs HD-ready vs HDTV vs EDTV vs plasma vs LCD vs projection), Reuters analysts are suggesting you hold off until next year to buy a flat screen tv. I've been doing a lot of research into it and considering a purchase of a lower-end model, but I'm finding this Reuters report is spot-on.
Flat panel TVs are evolving much like PCs, with prices dropping with every significant technology advancement or manufacturing upgrade. What costs $5000 today will cost $2500 a year from now, and as reports come in that gas plasma screens loose their contrast and luster over the course of a couple years, dropping six grand on something that will be useless in three years and cost half as much next year doesn't look like the best idea. Personally, as much as I'd like to get something HDTV aware in my home to start playing with this technology, I'm probably going to wait until the end of 2004 when I can hopefully get a 42-50" LCD HDTV for 2-3 grand. [via dangerousmeta]