Black Friday Deluxe: Wal-Mart sets the standard

November 15, 2010 by  
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It’s time for Wal-Mart’s Black Friday leaked details, and these are enough to make us drool for real. A 32″ HDTV for $198? Blu-Ray movies for $5? That’s just crazy talk – but it’ll be headed to a WM near you the day after Thanksgiving.

Here’s a larger list of goodies to be headed your way at Wal-Mart on Black Friday:

Emerson 42″ LTDN42V68US 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $398
LG 42″ 42LD400 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $478
Element 55″ 1080p LCD HDTV — $799
Emerson 32″ LCD HDTV — $198
Samsung 40″ LN40C500 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV – $498
Samsung 32″ 720p LCD HDTV — $328
Samsung 46″ 1080p LCD HDTV — $798
Samsung 52″ 1080p LCD HDTV — $998
Sanyo 50″ DP50710 720P 600HZ Plasma HDTV – $498
Vizio 37″ 1080p LCD HDTV — $378

Odds are, these prices will lead the way for pricing standards next year, if rumors are correct.

Wally World in 3 Dimensions: Wal-Mart to carry 3D HDTVs?

March 24, 2010 by  
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philips_52-inch_3d_displayWal-Mart has stated it will carry 3D HDTVs in select stores later this year, according to a Home Media Magazine article. This isn’t necessarily a surprise, but a welcome confirmation that HD (and 3D) acceptance has grown wider, which should be welcome news to those that think 3D HD in general is just a fad.

Although the retailer is not committing to adding the new sets to ALL stores (probably the bigger volume stores, more than likely), the decision to carry them at some stores arrived as a welcome harbinger of things to come in the industry.

A Wal-Mart spokesman was quoted as saying: “Though plans will likely include only select stores, Wal-Mart has not officially announced when we will sell 3D TVs, where, and what brand or brands we will carry.” So a big fat zero in terms of details we’re afraid, but considering the amount of doubt we’ve expressed on this blog regarding the future of HDTV 3D technology, we wanted to carry both sides of the coin. Indeed, it may here to stay in one capacity or another.

Sunday’s Super Bowl HDTV Deal-O-Rama

February 7, 2010 by  
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HDTV-Football49ers-NYGIt’s Sunday, and the biggest NFL game of the year is on today! In celebration of this football fanatic’s dream day, here’s a few great HDTVs for your pleasure: – We all know Wallie-Mart has great price, but this one is really good: a Coby TFTV3217 32” LCD HDTV for $298.00 – with free shipping as well? Now that’s value, folks. – Our readers are no doubt aware of our affinity for LG, and this one is pretty straight up an amazing deal: the monstrous LG 55LH40 55” 1080p LCD HDTV for $1295.00 (Use the ‘See price in cart’ feature) and with free shipping. Huge and tasty!

Thanks for reading, and happy Super Bowl Sunday to all of you.

Sales Race: Wal-Mart and Best Buy Battling in Blu-Ray Sales Share

December 22, 2009 by  
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Walmart-Best-BuyWalmart and Best Buy (if reports are to be believed) are locked in combat over market sales share in overall Blu-ray disc sales, The NPD Group is indicating. A war over HD content is a good thing, in our opinion; better prices for the consumer and better quality for everyone, as we’ve espoused many times.

Wal-Mart has grabbed a 30% market share in Blu-ray sales in the last three months, with Best Buy close behind at 29% or so. The mass retailer had been trailing behind Best Buy previously at only 20% of share, but has stepped up their marketing of the HD format greatly over the holiday season, and with their power and distributing muscle, it’s no shock the gap closed pretty quickly.

As long as the praises of Blu-Ray are being sung, we’re a happy bunch indeed.

Competition: Wal-Mart to begin offering HDTV install services soon

November 18, 2009 by  
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wal-martWe all know Wal-Mart has the cheapest prices on HDTVs for the most part, but what about install services for those who might not be of the tech persuasion?  Best Buy has offering their Geek Squad services for a few years now, and certainly has stolen their share of business from WM as a result. Now WM is striking back, it appears.

Wal-Mart announced a week or so ago that it’s offering a installation service in partnership with the NEW Customer Service Companies Inc. Reuters is reporting it’ll be activated and available in time for the holiday season or a few weeks beforehand.

The plans themselves range from $99 to $399, depending on what you need to get started and what you need connected, from just a HDTV to a whole Home Theater system.
We like it; the more people that experience HDTV and don’t have to fiddle with wires, the bigger the market share.

Early ‘Black Friday’ Action: Wal-Mart fires first shot in HDTV war

November 8, 2009 by  
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hdtvwalOn Saturday November 7th, Wal-Mart fired a huge early shot in the prequel to Black Friday with some pretty amazing HDTV deals on certain models that will definitely set a huge bar for other chains to beat, and many of them won’t be able to, to be frank.

The 1-day deals included a 42” Sharp LCD, the LC42SB45UT for $498. Its a 1080p television that offers a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and 4 HDMI inputs that’s about $200 cheaper than many online retailers such as Amazon sell it for. Or maybe a 46” Plasma from Panasonic (TC-P46U1) for $788 is more your style? With a eye-popping 30,000:1 ratio and $300 or so off the usual price, it was a huge bargain.

Let the HDTV pricing wars begin!

Opinion: Do you buy Blu-Ray discs, and where?

October 19, 2009 by  
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5-29-08-blu-ray-player-endcWe all know by now that Blu-Ray is one the few recorded mediums that allow full 1080p to really show off those HDTV sets to their full potential. But…do you buy them? And where do you buy them?

At Wal-Mart, Target or some other big store? Online (many stores online are now having some decent sales on them finally, after a long period of their being double the DVD price, which no doubt slowed down sales)? Or do you just rent them from Netflix (and pay the premium to do so)?

Wal-Mart apparently plans an expanded BR focus, including an exclusive version of Transformer 2 to be delivered there soon, so now we can say its hit the big time mainstream market, officially, and no doubt other stores will follow with expanded BR marketing.

So speak out and let us know: how do you get your Blu-Ray fix?

First Shot Fired: Wal-Mart reduces Magnavox Blu-Ray player to $98

July 9, 2009 by  
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walmart98_formatwarcentralSo here it is: the first volley in the format wars between DVD and Blu-Ray. We knew it was coming, and now its here. How will this impact the market for people who said Blu-Ray was too expensive?

It seems a sharp-eyed shopper at Wal-Mart spotted the Magnavox NB530MGX Blu-ray player rolled back for good to $98. Now this doesn’t have all the fancy internet-connected BR Live features present on more expensive players, but if you’re not worried about that or wouldn’t use it, here’s the player for you. No more excuses to view your movies in true 1080p HD, the way they should be seen.

We’ll keep you updated on this as news comes in about more discounts.

Tuesday’s HDTV Deals and Steals, courtesy of Wal-Mart

July 7, 2009 by  
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walmart-logoHere they are in all their glory, a pair of great Wal-Mart deals: – Need a smaller TV for a side room? This is a great deal in that case: the Emerson 19” Class LCD 720p TV With Digital Tuner for $178.00 + free In-store Pickup too. Unbelievable! – Want your side TV a little bigger? What about a Viore 32” LCD HDTV With Built-in DVD Player And Digital Tuner for $398.00 + the In-Store thing too.  Nice big side HDTV and a DVD player built-in too? Oh, yes.

Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow!

Saturday HDTV Deals

May 23, 2009 by  
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hot-dealsHello and welcome to the weekend edition of the HDTV Deals. Read on: – It’s no shock, but Wal-Mart has some of the best deals on TVs anywhere. For example, how about a Sansui 26” Widescreen LCD HDTV W/ Built-In DVD Player for $412.00 (and you can pick it up In-Store for free). Now that’s a killer deal, indeed.

Dell Home – Great (if limited time window) deal here: The Philips 47PFL7403D 47” 1080p LCD HDTV for $1699.00 – $400 instant savings – $150 off coupon code we give you which is “79DZZXQL$?PPDZ” (this coupon expires 05/26/2009) = $1149.00. And the shipping is free too. Yep, that’s a nice deal for a fine TV. But it’s only good ’til Tuesday.

Happy shopping, HD lovers!

A Happy Habit: Tuesday HDTV Deals

April 28, 2009 by  
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tagslotsalepriceYes, we certainly are bringing you more savings more often here at SS, and so the parade continues here on Tuesday. We’re hoping to bring you deals at least 3 times a week at Screen Sleuth.

Here they are: has the LG 42LGX 42” Widescreen 1080p LCD HDTV for $1199.99 – $100 off coupon code “TV4211″ (Expires 04/30/2009) = $1099.99 with free shipping. Count on SS to bring you some great coupons and deals on a great TV. – The Sansui 26” Widescreen LCD HDTV w/Built-In DVD Player for $448.00 + free In-Store delivery too. Wal-Mart usually has great deals on HDTVs, even if they aren’t top-shelf brands all the time. Amazing deal.

Thanks for taking a ride on the SS Deals Express this afternoon, and have a fine Tuesday.