First 42-inch HDTV for under $1,000

Vizio breaks the barrier for Black Friday

Stop the presses. We mean it this time. Vizio is selling a 42-inch plasma HDTV for under $1,000.

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But don't rush out with your riot gear just yet: Electronista says the flat panels will go on sale at that price at Costco for one day only next week, presumably Black Friday.

Vizio will be offering deals on other products as well, but the 42-incher is the headline grabber, the first high-definition TV of its size to break the $1,000 barrier. "A slight upgrade to the existing P42, the VP42 carries over many of the existing features such as 720p/1080i video support, a built-in ATSC tuner for HDTV broadcasts, and HDMI input," Electronista says.

OK, now you can strap on your helmet. If the PS3 competition is any indication of shopping fever this year, you may need it.

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