500,000 TV’s to be junked this year.
If you stayed home and watched the New Year’s Even festivities then you probably noticed the messages about the program being available in High Definition after 7pm. Guess what? This year you and everyone you know will be buying new TV’s to be able to receive this new signal and give you a new TV watching experience:
Nearly half a million television sets are set to be junked after the launch of digital television tonight. The enhanced sights and sounds of high-definition TV will be broadcast free by Asia Television and Television Broadcasts from 7pm.
Those living in Kowloon peninsula, the northern part of Hong Kong Island, part of Sha Tin and eastern areas of Lantau will initially be able to receive HDTV broadcasts.
This will allow better viewing of next years Beijing Olympics, including Hong Kongs equestrian events.
But there is a negative side to HDTV, Friends of the Earth said yesterday.
The group fears nearly half a million TV sets may be junked in landfills next year amid the craze for HDTV.
Based on last years sales of about 400,000 sets in the city and the business forecast by major electronic appliances outlets, the group estimates about 480,000 will be discarded in 2008.
Half of those who plan to switch to HDTV admitted their current TV sets are no more than six years old.
We just traded up over Christmas but have the old set in use as a gigantic door stopper. When we hear of any special way to dispose of your old TV’s we’ll post it right away.