It’s been a hot topic in home theater circles for years.
But now the latest trend is the $150,000 fiber-to-the-home antenna, which comes with a cable and Internet connection.
While there’s a good chance your home theater will get a TV in the future, the more likely thing to happen is that you’ll be paying a premium to get that television, said Chris Wilson, an analyst with the home theater technology company Xterra.
And it may take a few years for that premium to make a dent in the TV’s price tag.
For example, the most expensive antenna in Xterras lineup costs $500,000, and Wilson said that’s only the base antenna that goes into your new TV.
“We can do a better job with the base, which is going to cost you more,” he said.
Wilson said consumers are also going to have to wait longer to buy new high-end home theater equipment.
The average antenna for a $1,000-plus TV costs about $500 today, he said, but a new model with fiber-receiving technology will likely cost around $600.
“I don’t think it’s going to be cheap,” Wilson said.
In general, Wilson expects the average TV price will increase over time, but that the price for a new high end TV could increase even more.
“There’s no question the price of a $300 TV is going up,” Wilson added.
“But it’s probably not going to increase exponentially.”
In the past few years, cable television prices have risen sharply.
A lot of that has to do with the rise of online video services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, which now compete directly with cable TV services.
“They’re getting into the TV business,” Wilson pointed out.
“That’s a pretty significant business.
The question is, how much do they really need it?”