When to Buy a TV
Sooner or later, all TV owners come to a point at which they must replace their television set with a new one. The most obvious point at which this must be done is when their existing TV stops working, but there are other points at which it becomes clear that it is time to start shopping for a new TV. To save money and get the television that will best meet your home entertainment needs, consider this list of indicators that tell you when you might need to buy a new TV set.
1. Diminishing Picture Quality — Older CRT-based television sets, in particular, experience a decline in picture quality over time. Certain colors may come to dominate when the TV is on, the picture might become permanently dim and other problems can occur. If the picture quality on your television has noticeably declined, you should start looking for a new television because your existing set is likely about to stop working entirely.
2. Incompatibility with Cable and Other Features — With the growth of Internet streaming services and more advanced cable options such as on-demand programming, there has been a need for television sets to change in order to work with these features. Over time, manufacturers have added options to televisions that allow for automatic Internet connectivity and more so that buyers can take advantage of these new technologies when they are watching TV. Older TVs are usually compatible with these newer technologies through an additional component or device that is used with the television set, yet those who own newer televisions do not usually need to worry about purchasing anything but the TV itself to take advantage of all the services available through their cable television plan. If your TV is incompatible with a new feature that you want to enjoy, such as on-demand video streaming, it is time to buy a new TV. A device or other component that allows you to hook up your older TV to newer technology is just a stop-gap measure that you will eventually have to replace with a new television anyway. Thus, it is better to buy a new TV than the additional device unless your budget is very tight.
3. Taking Advantage of HDTV — During the past ten years in particular, the quality of a television’s picture display has improved dramatically. Colors have been made brighter and details have become crisper and more precise through high-definition TV (HDTV) technology. Many of the cable and satellite providers in our comparison listings even offer the same network on two or more channels, one that is high definition and one that features a traditional TV picture. To take advantage of HDTV and its better picture quality, you must have an HDTV.
4. As the Household or Number of Visitors Grows — Families that are adding additional members to their households cannot usually make due with the same smaller TV set that has always sufficed in the past. A television with a bigger screen allows everyone in a growing household to better enjoy movie night at home or a favorite TV program because the larger screen makes it easier for all the family members to see what is on. Similarly, homeowners who frequently entertain guests for viewing big sports games and other special events will want to consider buying a new TV as the number of their guests increases. As more and more visitors come over to enjoy the game at your home, it is wise to think about buying a new TV so that they will like visiting you even more.
5. During Special Sales — No matter the reason why you buy a new television, it is important to do so when the product goes on sale. Throughout the year, retailers offer several special sales on their television sets, usually on holiday weekends such as Labor Day or Memorial Day Weekend. There are also times during the year when even better prices are offered. Together, Black Friday and the run up to Christmas make up one of the best periods to get a great TV deal during most years. Post-Christmas sales during the week immediately after the holiday also tend to feature greatly discounted prices on electronics, including TV sets.