It’s times like this that I wish I were rich or well off or just in nice stable high-paying job. Pioneer is either really desperate to sell HD TV sets or they’ve gone nuts:
For a limited time only, purchase a Pioneer® Elite® Model PRO-FHD1 from a participating authorized Elite Dealer in the 50 United States and receive a 50” High Definition Plasma from that same dealer, model Pioneer PDP-5016HD, for FREE. This is for consumer purchases only.
Both models must be delivered to Consumer by Dealer from Dealer’s inventory.
Not all Pioneer authorized Elite Dealers may be participating in this promotion. Pioneer will not be fulfilling any free PDP-5016HD units directly to the Consumer.
Of course if you can afford a Pioneer® Elite® Model PRO-FHD1 TV to begin with — they’re a mere $8,000 — then you could probably afford to pick up two without any special offers, but rich people didn’t get to be rich by throwing away money so I’m sure they’ll appreciate Pioneer’s generosity. There’s also the small catch (you might have noticed in the press release) that the second TV isn’t the same model, but a slightly different one with less of the gee-whiz features than the first as reported by the folks at Digital Trends:
The Pioneer PRO-FHD1 is an $8,000 plasma display, supporting 1080p content and offering two HDMI inputs along with DV-D, component, composite, S-Video, and even RS-232C input, plus all the signal and image-enhancing bells and whistles one might expect from an $8,000 television set. The “free” 50-inch plasma is something of a different beast: the PDP-5016HD, offering WXGA resolution (that’ll do 720p, but not 1080p), but, at a street price around $2,500, still packs a number of features, including HDMI, component, composite, and antenna inputs, plus integrated NTSC, ATSC, and QAM tuners.
Still free is free, right? I’m sure the lesser-quality 50” still makes for a ridiculously nice computer monitor…