If reports are to be believed, then the next few weeks and months will see a plethora of new LCD panels coming to market. This can only be good news for those who like myself have yet to dip the proverbial toe in the flat panel market. Most of the new panels will be sporting the HD Ready logo (about time to) as well as an increasing number now coming complete with an integrated Freeview tuner. Given the impending phased shutdown of analogue, then surely all new televisions should now be required to include a DVB tuner as standard? Some panels are even going to include some form of PVR, and if you add to that advances in LCD technology, better resolution, improved response times, improved connectivity etc. then things are certainly looking good. Falling prices and improved specifications have surely benefited those yet to make their purchase, plus if the economy continues to slow further, then prices will continue to be squeezed. Indeed, I was going to take the plunge in November, however, I may well wait to see how things shape up over the Christmas period, because if retailers have a poor Christmas then come January there is sure to be some heavy discounting in order to shift stock. On the face of it then, it certainly looks as though patience has been in virtue in this instance. I am sure that early adopters will say that they have had the benefit of owning a flat panel in the interim, whilst others will say that if one waits there is always something newer and better just around the corner. However, I would argue that this is not something newer or better, i.e. OLED or SED, this is the same LCD technology simply coming of age and offering the consumer what should have been included as standard some time ago.