Excuse my silly question, but a friend of mine is considering purchasing a widescreen TV, and I naturally suggested a plasma. But surprisingly, he said that RPTV's are now preferred, and mentioned the short lifespan of plasmas, and the smaller footprint of RPTV's (compared to early models). So what is the current thinking - are plasmas still the best, technology wise, or are RPTV's better these days? He's thinking about a 40" model. What are the factors to consider? Picture quality, longevity, connectivity, etc.? Are there other alternatives - DLP/LCD/CRT/Plasma. Is there any consensus - or does it just depend on individual preferences? Any advice appreciated. Cheers.