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If you remember televisions with knobs and dials but--gasp!--no remote control, then you probably grew up in the '50s or '60s. If you intend to watch the news tonight on one of those models, call the Smithsonian: you're a dinosaur. For as young shoppers head to electronics stores to buy the new high-definition TVs (HDTVs), the over-50 crowd is falling in right behind them.

Older consumers have a reputation for being slow to adopt new technologies, but big-screen TVs seem to be an exception. A January 2004 survey by the Consumer Electronics Association found that 18% of adults of all ages...

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