buying a new tv

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Shopping for a new television can be very exciting. There is so much choice on offer and, with technology developing so fast, it can also be quite difficult. Whether you're looking for a larger screen or something to watch on-demand content on,

How do you measure the size of a TV?

Televisions are measured diagonally across the screen, from corner to corner. To get an accurate measurement, ensure that you are measuring up to the screen corners rather than to the edge of the bezel corners. The bezel is sometimes known as the frame of the television.

Which room will your TV be in?

Televisions have got noticeably slimmer and far less bulky over the years. Because of this, a large TV today takes up far less space than a large, older model.

Measuring from corner to corner,19 - 32 inch TVs are great for a smaller living space, such as the kitchen or a bedroom. For larger living areas such as your living room, 32-46 inches is great to enjoy a larger picture. If you have a particularly large area to fill with your new TV, 48-65 inches will help to provide a home cinema experience which is great to share with family and friends.

What are you using your new TV for?

What you will be watching on TV should affect your decision just as much as where you'll be placing it.

Regular movie watchers will benefit from HD technology or a 3D TV to get a true cinematic experience.

Gamers and sports fans will both appreciate a TV with a higher refresh rate (over 200Hz) to avoid motion blur, although gamers will also benefit from multiple HDMI ports to enable you to easily connect your console.

Advances in technology now mean that you can also use some TVs for browsing the internet, social networking and accessing on-demand content through apps like iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player, LoveFilm and Netflix. If you want to take advantage of these features, you should look at buying a Smart TV.

What is the difference between HD and Non-HD?

Picture quality is one of the most important features and with HD (High Definition) Ready, Full HD and Ultra HD, which one do you choose? All of our TVs are HD Ready as a minimum. HD Ready TVs have a 720p resolution, which allows you to enjoy the benefits of High Definition broadcasted channels.

Up to five times sharper than standard definition, Full HD televisions offer 1080p resolution which means you can enjoy the benefits of HD with a clearer and sharper picture. It is important to be aware that no channel actually yet broadcasts in Full HD (1080P); the only way to appreciate Full HD is to connect a Blu-ray player or a games console - such as a PS3 or PS4 - to your television.

Also known as '4K', Ultra HD is TVs newest technology. Four times the resolution of Full High Definition 1080p picture quality, Ultra HD offers a smooth and detailed picture without any pixilation and the picture quality is true to what you see in real life.

Why are refresh rates important when buying a TV?

Many TV manufacturers have their own picture enhancing 'engines'. The software inside the TV enhances the picture by managing elements such as colour levels, contrast and brightness to produce sharper, clearer images with richer and more realistic colour.

The 'engines' can also manipulate the input to make images display faster, which really improves the motion of the picture. TVs with picture enhancement software are usually in models with the more advanced features, so look out for these throughout our range. Picture enhancement also assists with the refresh rate of the TV. If you like to watch sports or action movies then you will really benefit from a TV with a higher refresh rate. Hertz (Hz) is the measurement of how quickly an image on the TV is refreshed. Hertz rates vary from 50Hz to 600Hz and the higher the rate is, the smoother the motion is and you can enjoy your favourite programmes with reduced blurring and a crisp picture.

What's your budget for a new TV

The cost of a TV usually depends on how big the screen is and how many features it has. At Argos, we have a wide range of TVs to suit every budget. Have a look at some of the brands that we have to offer.

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