I had a 32" Sony which bit the dust a couple weeks before Thanksgiving. They tried EVERYTHING to fix it, including a new circuit board. No dice.
So I'm in the market for a new TV.
First of all, I do not subscribe to any premium channels nor do I have digital cable (and won't be getting it in the near future) because to put it bluntly, I simply can't afford it on top of all the other stuff that nickle and dimes my budget these days. Regular cable is ok for me until it's no longer available.
I'm hoping to stick with Sony but am willing to consider other brands if they are good. Any brand suggestions and, if so, why?
The bigger question on my mind is, what type of television should I be considering (besides nothing with a picture tube)?
Plasma: I'm not sure I can afford it so that can probably be eliminated right off the top unless someone can give me a whole lot of reasons why that is the way to go.
LCD, HDTV, Digital, Flat Screen? I don't even know what all that means.
Sears has a 32" Sony flat screen SDTV with built-in ATSC digital tuner for $649.99. Is that a good thing? I think I'm willing to go as high as about $800, hopefully on sale so that I'll actually be getting an even better one.
Also, is it a good idea to buy the extended warranty? I never do and so far have never needed it (it wouldn't have helped with my Sony because it was too old).
I need a fairly quick education. Thanks for any help you guys can provide.