Who Wants to Wait for HDTV?

Viewers are building home theaters from the latest gear at hand

With its jumbo screen, crisp digital sound and a video picture as sharp as a 35-mm slide, high-definition television has been heralded as a couch potato's dream come true. But HDTV has run into some interference. Squabbling over technological standards and sniping between Japanese, European and U.S. manufacturers have slowed its development to a crawl. Industry experts now estimate that full-fledged HDTV may not arrive in U.S. homes until the turn of the century.

Yet video's evolution has been anything but stagnant in living rooms across the country. Consumers, their appetites whetted for high-quality TV images, have started to take progress...

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