I purchased a 35XBR48 in May of 98 and the picture tube is gone already. My local repair shop confirmed it for me 30 minutes ago. Now I am sick to my stomach because I'm going to have to drop another chunk of change on a 36 inch TV when I thought this Sony XBR was supposed to be the end all be all and a set that could last as long as 10-15 years. Anyways, As you can tell I'm upset with Sony but I am still considering going back with them. I have a maximum width of 38 inches width for the opening in my cabinet. Which 36 Hi-Def ready TV with flat screen should I look at? I have looked at the Toshiba 36HF71 and the Panasonic Tau CT-36HX41 and the Sony HS and XBR. Which of these is the one to go with? Does anyone know if Samsung is coming out with a 36 inch this summer or are they sticking with their biggest direct vew set being the 32? The way I see it is that if I go with a Sony I better buy one of the current models because the ones that are coming out this summer have cabinets that are over 40 inches wide. I also understand that Panasonic is replacing the CT-36HX41 with a CT-36HX42 this summer. Anyone know what changes there might be? Thanks for all the advice that you might give. p.s. I dont have HDTV in my area, I dont watch ABC, CBS or NBC unless I know there is something on I want to watch. I watch a lot of DVD movies and programming off of my dishnetwork satellite dish.