A friend of mine currently has a 23 inch television he's had since college, and he finally wants to buy a bigger one. His budget isn't huge, but he want's to get something good, he figures that if you're buying something like a TV, you'd might as well get the best that you can afford. He's been shopping around at several different Best Buys, Circuit Cities, and all the salesmen tell him different things. At first he was looking into HDTV, but he's sort of turned away from that. I was hoping the people on this forum could give him some advice, based on what he needs. He wants a big, rear projection model. He has digital cable, but no HD signals are sent through it. He watch's a lot of movies, but he doesn't have time to watch "a lot" of movies, he doesn't watch one every day, just when he has time. He uses his Playstation 2 for DVD's. His figuring, was that he'd buy an HDTV ready TV, buy a HD box for it later when there is more programming available. Then after looking at some models, (which pretty much outnumber the older analouge models at these stores), he reasoned that he won't be watching HD signals anytime soon, so the only good aspect of a widescreen television would be movies, that he doesn't have enough time to watch a lot of in the first place. He is also set on watching TV in its square aspect ratio, no stretching, or cropping. Its funny, the guy at best buy kept switching it to stretch mode and said it looked ok like this...it really doesn't. He doesn't want to buy a square HDTV, because that sort of defeats the entire purpose. With all the looking around, he's ready to buy a 53inch Sony analouge television, and not worry about HDTV until later. Is there any other course of action he can take? His budget is no more than about $2000. He watches mostly sports and news on TV, movies when he gets the chance, and DVD's. Are there any suggestions? Thanks.