NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- The HDTV sets retailers tout as holiday must-haves are bigger and packed with more features than Santa's bag, but the televisions on holiday wish lists have prices smaller than that of a day's feed for eight reindeer.Holiday shoppers face a television market filled with new 3-D and Internet-connected high-definition flat screens, but that won't prevent global demand for televisions from falling an estimated 1% in the fourth quarter, according to Paul Gagnon, director of North American TV research for consulting firm Display Search. A high conversion rate from old cathode-ray tube sets in North America and Europe and a lukewarm response to new technologies has flattened demand between holiday 2010 and this season. Inventory projected to be right in line with holiday demand isn't exactly sending prices through the roof, either.
|Those 3-D and Web-connected high-definition flat screens aren't selling enough to keep prices high.|
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