this post was posted on a USA site if more people asked in this way more would help ..the UK should be the birth place of manners: I have just registered as a member after lurking and reading for a few weeks. I have both enjoyed and benefited from the wealth of knowledge and experience posted here and appreciate the willingness of so many to share their ideas, but I must also admit to some confusion about the best next steps for my entry into large screen TV viewing. It has become clear to me that there is no one right solution as to what kind of equipment makes the best sense for any specific solution, only a range of divergent opinions based upon the experience, viewing habits and tastes of the individual. And this circumstance is further complicated by the constantly changing technology that is evolving at such a rapid rate that it renders any decision almost moot by the time the equipment is bought and installed. Nevertheless, I intend to jump in and so ask the community for some advice. Here are my circumstances: 1. By virtue of my specific geographic circumstances, I cant receive any OTA signals, so am presently getting my content over Dish Network satellite and by DVD. I suppose that this suggests that I dont need to buy a TV with internal tuners and ought to upgrade my satellite service to HD (or change to Voom or DirecTV HD)? 2. I would like to have a set in the 42-inch range; preferably a flat panel hung on the wall. This suggests a plasma or LCD? 3. I intend to run the audio through a surround sound amp and speaker system. This suggests buying just a TV monitor, not a consumer set? Finally, I am confused by a couple of questions: 1. Given the present scarcity of HD content, I will probably watch a proportionally large bit of SDTV and DVDs. That brings into question the best kind of set for that circumstance, EDTV or HDTV? Or is it better to enjoy HDTV, however sparse the offerings, as more and more content is coming on line? 2. I understand the question about plasma burn-in, but wonder if Im not underestimating the needed screen size, as many images will be viewed, as I understand it, with either horizontal or vertical black bars, thus reducing the total image size? I will continue to read the past posts, but would appreciate members views and advice on my specific circumstances. I hope to take a further couple of weeks before making my purchases.