Tech: TVs That Turn You On

These tubes are so cool, you may watch them even if there's nothing to watch

The hottest gadget at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week was a familiar one: the trusty television. Everyone, it seemed, wanted to offer a new twist on the old tube. Alongside the traditional TV brands were entries from companies that have never made TVs before, including Yamaha, Daewoo, Epson and Gateway. Why are so many players moving into the TV business? Because more and more TV owners are ready for an upgrade. Most cable and satellite broadcasters offer some high-definition-TV (HDTV) programming, but you need an HDTV set if you want to watch. At the same time, new...

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