Target has apparently come around to MPEG-LA's way of thinking, agreeing to pay royalties to the licensing consortium for its store-brand TruTech HDTVs and DVD players that contain MPEG-2 technology, in return for dropping their pending patent enforcement action. How this affects Vizio's claim that it doesn't have to pay royalties because its suppliers already do remains to be seen, but the delta between the cheaper and cheapest displays could be narrower than ever soon. Check out the admittedly scant details beyond the read link (warning: PDF).