Survey Says: Out with Reality TV, In with HDTV

People are starting to get tired of reality TV, according to Circuit City's Fall TV Survey. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said as much. Nearly half however, are looking forward to prime time shows; 23 percent are excited about the football season; 15 percent look forward to the presidential election coverage and m
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People are starting to get tired of reality TV, according to Circuit City's Fall TV Survey. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said as much. Nearly half however, are looking forward to prime time shows; 23 percent are excited about the football season; 15 percent look forward to the presidential election coverage and many are thinking about buying an HDTV set in the next few years.

Thirty-four percent of the more than 2,100 respondents said that they are planning to buy a new TV set in the next year. Out of that group 56 percent are looking at flat-panel sets. Nearly everyone said that picture quality was the most important feature when buying a new TV, followed by price and picture size.

More than half the respondents have at least three TV sets in their homes, so it's not surprising that 59 percent admitted to falling asleep in front of their TV sets at least once a week.

HDTV sets ranked the best advancement in television in recent years, at 34 percent, however not everyone is sure they know how the new technology works. Thirty-five percent of respondents said that they were confused about HDTV but 58 percent said that they are somewhat knowledgeable about the technology.