Hi there, I'm new to the forum and I'm looking for a little advice on a new TV for my mom/stepfather/brother at their house. Right now they have a 19" Sony tv which is over 20 years old. They've never owned anything bigger so I am kind of undecided about the size they should move to. I like the 42" 16:9 hdtv's from Hitachi and Toshiba, but a few things kind of bother me about them. It's a rear projection, and I have this idea that they don't last the longest and have numerous little issues. Viewing angle on most RPTV's leaves much to be desired. HDTV is far from being standard now, and will require a new sattelite receiver down the road, might as well just wait till it's all cheaper/newer later on. They don't own a dvd player, and while they might get one with a new tv, they probably won't use it too often. All they use a tv for now is watching sattelite tv (ppv movies too) primarily in the late fall to early spring. They might start to rent movies more when they have a dvd player, but only time will tell. 2 reasons why a 16:9 ratio hdtv would be nice are... If I talk them into an X-Box, wide screen 2 player is much nicer than 2 player on a 4:3 tv they've played a couple racing games and snowboarding games and had lots of fun, and I think that wide screen 2 player would get them more interested than reg screen single player/2 player. If they do get a DVD player and start to use it a lot, then they are set. PPV movies are mainly wide screen as well so that's better. My mom says she would like to spend around $2000canadian on a new tv, and this kind of limits them to a 36" tube tv. The Sony Wega KV-36FS100 is $1899ca and of course I have heard good things about it. There is also the Toshiba 36AF62 Flat which is $1999ca. I'm going to assume the Wega is better just because that's what other people are saying to me. These are 2 options I was looking at. With a stand, we're looking at around maybe $2100 + tax + dvd player/cables/whatever. I want the flat screen because, well, it's better. and the current non-flat tube tv they have suffers from horrible glare in the later afternoon thanks to the high windows near the peak of the vaulted ceiling, and I;m hoping the flat tube will help this. Oh yeah, I fugured out how far they will be from the tv and the closest spot is about 6' and the furthest spot on one of the couches is close to 15' (or so my stepfather figures, I didn't bother to measure it) I figured this info would help. Keep in mind though that they've always had to watch from these distances even with a 19" tv. I know that after a while the "wow" factor will fade and it won't seem as big anymore, but I am kind of planning on this. if they go tube now, 5 years from now they will want to get an hdtv anyways, so the Wega can always be put in the basement livingroom to replace the 19" there. In the end it will all work out a big screen upstairs might mean my little brother will be stuck with a 19" 12-channel tv forever, and that would suck for him Can anyone give me some good reasons why I might want to push them for the 42" Toshiba 16:9 HDTV for $2499? If I can give my mom good enough reasons she might be willing to go this way. Or heck, can anyone suggest a smaller, better tv than the 36" Wega that might better suit them based on the above? Any input would be greatly appreciated. It's thursday now and my mom is going to figure out exactly what they can spend on a new tv this weekend, and then she'll send me out to shop. I just figured I would look around and try and find something now so when I get the go ahead I can just run out and buy something rather than wait till then to start my research Thanks very much guys. I'm liking the forum alot already. I've been reading a lot of threads and while they have helped some, I still like to get some input on this situation rather than choose based on someone elses.