Target, Walmart roll out Super Bowl HDTV deals: Worth the hype?

Summary:Following Best Buy's lead, Target and Walmart have announced HDTV deals in anticipation of the Super Bowl a week from Sunday. Both include Vizio LCDs and Samsung LED-backlit LCD sets.

Following Best Buy's lead, Target and Walmart have announced HDTV deals in anticipation of the Super Bowl a week from Sunday. Both include Vizio LCDs and Samsung LED-backlit LCD sets.

In fact, both have the Samsung UN40C5000 40-inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV on sale with just $1 separating their prices. Walmart has it for $748 and Target is selling it for $749. Both will also throw in a free Blu-ray player with the set. You can get the same pricing and Blu-ray package online, but you'll obviously have to wait for delivery. Walmart is also offering the UN46C5000 46-inch LED (pictured) for $898 (including Blu-ray player) -- also in line with online prices.

Target is also hyping $100 off the Panasonic TC-P50C2 50-inch 720p plasma HDTV, but the $599 price is pretty much what you'd find at online retailers. And Walmart's in-store "sale" price on the Vizio E420VO 42-inch 1080p 60Hz model -- $548 -- is oddly $50 higher than the pricing on Walmart.com. A slight better deal can be had on the Philips 40PFL3705D 40-inch 1080p 120Hz LCD TV for $498 at Walmart -- it's currently $50-$70 more at Amazon.com and Best Buy.

Finally, both retail giants have 47-inch 1080p 120Hz Vizio LCD HDTVs at special prices. Again, Walmart's $698 price on the E470VL is about $20 more than at Amazon.com, but Target's $679 price on the E470VA is at least $60 cheaper than you can find online, including at Target.com (as of this writing).

Not satisfied with the Super Bowl sales so far? Maybe they'll be better news to report as we get closer to kickoff.

Topics: Amazon, Samsung

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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