According to recent figures, two thirds of British households own three televisions, and one in six have five. We use our televisions for much more than just watching broadcast programmes now, and most families will have TVs in living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. LCD technology introduced the space-saving flat screen and made it much easier to find room for additional sets. With the rise in popularity of home cinema, video games, and computing, televisions have become multi-functional, and sometimes buying a new one can be a minefield as a result!
The majority of television purchases are for additional sets for children or a member of the household, and the most popular size is the 32 inch. It fits well into most rooms, but is large enough to give excellent picture quality and definition. Currys, for instance have a 32 inch LCD TV from Samsung which offers a built-in digital Freeview tuner, excellent picture definition, a USB connection so you can view photos or listen to music from your memory stick, and 2 HDMI connections for attaching a DVD player or games console.
Samsung Series 8 32 inch LCD TV
If you’re buying a new set, here are some key recommendations to make sure that you’re not going to be disappointed with your purchase:
Decide where you want your new TV. Is there enough space in the room? If you are going for a 32 inch screen, remember you will need to allow space between the set and viewers. An approximate guide for a 32 inch TV is 1.5 to 2 metres viewing distance. With flat screen TVs you have more flexibility about where you place them, and you might decide that you want to wall-mount your new set to save floor space.
Is your new TV going to be your main set, or is it an additional one? The answer may well influence what you look for in a new TV. If it’s going to be in a child’s bedroom and used mainly for playing video games, or if your spouse needs it for their study/office, and is likely to be watching a lot of sport and using the internet, then the features that you’ll be seeking are likely to be a bit different.
Shop around, ask for advice. Most major retailers have a wide range of TVs to choose from and staff who will be able to answer your questions about the key features that you’re looking for. Many have special offers on at the moment, and some great sale prices on new TVs.