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When will handheld analog TVs stop being sold?

Kevin C. Tofel

We were nosing through tomorrow's newspaper ads today thanks to our super secret time travel machine and noticed this Axion 3.5-inch handheld LCD TV on sale tomorrow at RadioShack. We don't know much about it, but if you're interested, it's $50 off starting tomorrow, so it can be had for a C-note. Nothing against "the Shack" or Axion, but as good a deal as this sounds, we wouldn't touch it. Why would we spend a hundred dollars on a TV that won't be worth a hundred pennies in three years?

These handheld TVs were all the rage in the '80s and even the '90s, but the analog cutoff basically spells doom for the analog versions of these, no? Come to think of it, we really haven't seen any DTV versions of these that incorporate an ATSC tuner just yet. This is an interesting shift for the industry that manufacturers these li'l fellas: will they retrofit their plants to include ATSC tuners or will the handheld TV die a slow death until February 17th, 2009?

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