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Super Bowl turbocharges sales of tube TVs

Sales of bulky tube TVs bested the flat-panel and projection TV competition in the run up to the Super Bowl, according to data released by the NPD Group.

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It looks as if the obituary for CRT TVs will have to be postponed yet again. Sales of the bulky tube models bested the flat-panel and projection TV competition in the run up to the Super Bowl, according to data released by the NPD Group. Sales of tube TVs were up 61 percent the week before the big game (compared to the previous week), as opposed to a 40 percent jump for flat-panel LCD TVs, a 23 percent increase for plasmas, and a 25 percent rise for projection TVs (such as DLP and LCoS models).

While the sales figures may look surprising at first glance, they're really not. Millions of Americans simply refuse to spend more than $300 on a new TV. At that price, you can get either a 27-inch tube (with a built-in digital tuner) from an established name-brand manufacturer or a 19-inch flat-panel from an upstart brand. For most people, that's a no-brainer: Go with the bigger screen size, no matter what the form factor.

Found on CNET News.com.