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Westinghouse said this week that it is selling a 3D TV for the first time. The 47" W47S2TCD will carry an MSRP of $1,199.

Westinghouse Digital will ship the first two models of a new line of edge-lit LED HDTVs through mass-market distribution channels beginning in June. The 26- and 32-inch 720p sets, just an inch thick at their edges, will carry MSRPs of $329 and $429, respectively.  They will also carry a strong ‘eco-friendly’ story to retail shelves – they are two of six models in the eight-SKU line rolling out through the 2010 holiday selling season that meet Energy Star 5.0 rating standards not set to go into effect until 2012.

2002 could be described as the year of the roller coaster. Predictions of an improving economy early in the year proved faulty as markets declined; companies continued to cut back on jobs; and consumer confidence plummeted to serious lows. Meanwhile, new developments in HDTV digital copyright protection have delighted some and frustrated others, leaving the consumer to make sense of complicated issues. The stress on Americans due to world political machinations and domestic corporate scandals hasn't helped much either. Still, retail did see a jump in numbers mid-fall, which could give hope for a promising holiday season. Dealerscope asked the industry some of the

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