|Well, You don't actually NEED a new TV just to get a digital tuner. You can just get a digital tuner box like the RCA DTA800B1 and hook it up on your current CRT type TV. There's even a $40 government coupon program available to help buy it if you need it. If your lucky, the remote control that comes with the tuner will also control the basic functions of your existing TV and you'll be able to watch your current TV for years to come without any real difference except for a better sound and picture (and a few extra channels as well!).|
If you want a new TV which has the wide screen, HDTV capability, and around 32" or smaller, then it seems there's pretty much only plasma or LCDs to chose from at this time. Projection TVs provide the aspects you want and are cheaper than LCDs, but I don't think they come in that small of size. There were some nice CRT HDTVs on the market up until a year or so ago. Good prices, too, but they were heavy (200 lbs) and nobody was buying them. Maybe you could find one cheap somewhere. I have a 37" LCD and it's nice having a large screen like that with a TV which only weighs 45 lbs! But, if there were kids or pets running around the house, I probably wouldn't be comfortable with the "scratch-ability" of the screen, either. If a 32" is large enough for you, maybe you could also get a cabinet that the TV would set in and be protected from getting knocked over or scratched.