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Photos: For TVs, big and flat is where it's at

If there's one thing that can be said of America's love for television, it's that we like 'em big. Real big. With flat-screen TVs becoming more ubiquitous in homes across the country, companies are shifting their focus to creating bigger and more stylish flat screens that fit in with consumers' needs.

The last year has seen offerings from many of the major electronics manufacturers, ranging from a relatively puny 47 incher to the current giant of the bunch, which tops 100 inches. Here is a collection of just some of the whoppers that have been announced this year.

The world's biggest producer of plasma TVs is planning to sell the world's largest plasma TV by early 2007, according to Reuters and other sources.

Matsushita Electric Industrial announced Monday that it hopes to sell a 103-inch plasma TV, beating out Samsung's announced 102-inch plasma screen by exactly an inch. The flat panel, which was shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, is described as "bigger than a double-sized mattress and almost as heavy as an upright piano." The high-definition television measures about 7.8 feet by 4.5 feet and weighs a mammoth 474 pounds.

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