I enjoy the Super Bowl as much as the next person (particularly now that the Cowboys have been demoralized), but I’ve always thought it a bit absurd to buy a new TV for one game. Apparently so do more than 85% of the readers over on EngadgetHD. In a pre-Super-Bowl poll, respondents showed they are generally not inclined to upgrade in the next week.
Super Bowl aside, if you’re planning to upgrade to HD anyway, 2008 is a good year to do it. Take a look at just a small sampling of the HD content coming in the next 12 months.
- Comcast will offer 3,000 HD movies on-demand by the end of 2008
- Movie powerhouse MGM is bringing its HD flicks to FiOS before the end of the year
- HBO will have 26 HD channels by the second half of the year
- There will be more and more and more sports in HD, including the X-games (on now), all of the NCAA basketball tournament (March Madness went all-HD last year), and much of the Olympics. Maybe the living room couch is better than game-side seats?
UPDATE: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced the results of a new study by Sports Video Group saying the Super Bowl this year is expected to drive the purchase of just under two and a half million HD sets.