You would be hard pressed to see a difference between 720p and 1080p sitting at a normal distance. The closer you are to your TV, dictates the difference between the two and which you should probably go for in a TV.
The holiday shopping seasont this year is probably not going to be a boom. From what I am hearing, retailers are expecting the worse and hoping for the best this season. I know for my family, the last half of this year has been rough so far. We won’t be spending nearly what we did in the past.
Pioneer rocks! If I were to buy a HDTV, it would be a Pioneer Kuro plasma!