While it's just wonderful that the Consumer Electronics Show introduced the market to more Internet-connected consoles, Toshiba's glasses-free 3D television and Vizio's 21:9 aspect ratio televisions for film junkies, it also means televisions without these functions just got taken down a notch.

Much like appliance and "white goods" makers who'll use the next couple of months to clear washer, dryer and refrigerator inventory to make space for new arrivals, television retailers want to create shelf space for new sets that usually arrive in the spring. This means shoving off their stock of 720p HDTV sets or "dumb" 1080p models with no Internet function for a fraction of their original price. It also means yet another batch of cathode ray tube sets hitting the curb as flat-screen prices collapse.

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