Buying a New TV

If you are thinking about buying a new TV, the first thing to consider is what TV screen size would be right for you. Choosing the TV screen size is the most important step in choosing a television. The designs and sizes of televisions have changed considerably over recent years, with screen sizes of 40 to 50 inches almost commonplace today. As a rough rule of thumb, you should choose the screen size based on how far away from the screen you will sit, for example if your room furniture is arranged with chairs 3m or more from the screen you need a 56 inch screen or bigger, whereas if you are less than 1.5m from the TV a 32 inch screen will be plenty. Of course if you love watching TV you can simply choose the biggest and brightest screen you can afford! Televisions area highly competitive market and you should shop around to get the very best deal from companies such as Tesco, Currys, Sainsburys, Samsung, Sony and Sharp.

There are 3 main types of TV screen display, LCD, LED and Plasma screen. LCD TV’s provide great television viewing but they are bigger and bulkier than either LED or Plasma screen TV’s. Plasma screens bring the cinema into your living room and are available in screen sizes over 42 inches. Plasma TV’s are particularly great for watching sports or action movies as the screen refresh rate is really fast. They also offer fantastic definition but are not optimised for brightly lit rooms. LED TV’s are the next generation of TV, backlit using light emitting diodes to produce a brighter picture with higher contrast and suited to a wide variety of programmes providing the best all round picture. Slimmer than LCD, brighter than Plasma.

Smart TV’s allow you to use the internet via your television screen, you can watch catch up TV services like BBCiPlayer and ITV Player, plus access YouTube videos and movies on demand services and even chat to your friends through social networking sites. Most Smart TV’s now also come with built in web browsers and they are connected to your home broadband either via an Ethernet cable or wirelessly. 3D TV gives you the Full HD experience and the very best 3D picture.Some require 3D glasses (active 3D) while with the very latest models there is no need to wear glasses to watch your 3DTV (passive 3D TV).