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A few hours in front of the TV can be a good way to relax, catch up on world news, or even tune into a music channel and sit back with your eyes closed. But as televisions do ever more complicated things, the choice of which one to buy can be increasingly bewildering, and the size of the screen is no longer the only important factor.

Digital-age TVs now come with built-in digital tuners, broadband connections, surround sound, interactive text functions, digital radio stations, and so on. Screens can be 3D, HD or ultra-HD, and may be able to upscale standard-definition content so it looks better than the original. Look out for accessories too, from replacement remote controls, to wall mounts for flatscreen televisions.