Oscar Wilde wrote: “I can resist everything except temptation.” Boy, did he have me pegged.
Tis the holiday season and I’m adding new items to my ever-growing Christmas list as soon as the press release hits my desk.
New iPhone 6 Plus? Got it.
New iPad Air? Ordered.
Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick? Delivery is set for Nov. 25.
And, Amazon’s stealth “Echo?” I have my fingers crossed that I’ll get my invite in the mail… soon.
Needless to say, the gifts are very likely to be gifts from me to me but why quibble over details?
The season, after all, is short; my list of wants, no, needs is long.
To wit: I need a 4K UHD television.
“Ha ha,” you say, “good luck with the bank robbery to pay for it.”
Although I’ve been around a long time and my credit limit is high, the first of the Black Friday deals already has arrived. I won’t need to hit up my plastic loan shark to make this deal.
Best Buy is offering a 55-inch, 4K UHD Samsung TV for $900… a far cry from the $20,000 price tags 4K UHD sets carried at CES two years ago, and easily within my budget. Well, kind of.
But there will be more, maybe better deals.
For instance, Vizio already has announced its 50-inch P-series 4K UHD set for $1,000.
And, they’re apparently coming at the right time, as consumers appear aware – and ready — for UHD, and content makers scramble to supply it.
Service providers, too, already are gearing up, driven primarily by the belief that 4K UHD could help differentiate them from other players in the space and attract Millennials.
DirecTV, for example, already has started its foray into 4K UHD, with a hybrid approach — along with Samsung — that includes some content on the hard drive of its Genie PVR; other content can be downloaded overnight.
So, good news… Christmas is coming and so is a new 4K UHD TV for me; like that Samsung, or, maybe, that Vizio.
Or maybe… I could just wait for the price of those 80 inchers to drop right before Christmas… yeah, that’s the ticket. Eighty. Huh.
As Mr. Wilde also wrote:
“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.”