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Size matters: Think big when shopping for a Super Bowl-ready TV

Posted February 3

Consumer Reports tests out TVs for Super Bowl Sunday

Need an excuse to buy a new television?

The week before the Super Bowl may be one of the prime times to buy. Many retailers are offering deep discounts to clear their shelves for newer models.

Many big-screen options can make watching the big game better than ever.

Generally, 65-inch, 1080P high-definition TVs are available for less than $1,000.

Even with Ultra HD TVs now on the market, 1080 HD models are still a good choice because there isn't a lot of 4K content available yet, including the Super Bowl.

Testers say those wanting to watch the Super Bowl in style should do it on a screen that's at least 50 inches.

Another important consideration is viewing angle.

“This is where an OLED TV comes in handy. Both HD sets and Ultra HD models have unlimited viewing angles," Consumer Reports' Jim Wilcox said. "That means that everyone in your room is going to get a great view of the game no matter where they’re sitting.”

Shoppers should also look for TV models than can handle fast motion without blurring.

A 55-inch Ultra HD OLED model from LG costs about $3,000 and is one of Consumer Reports' highest-rated TVs.

“This TV offers everything you need to make your Super Bowl party a hit," Wilcox said. "Plus, UHD will help future-proof you for when more 4K content becomes available.”

Other TVs to consider are 55-inch Samsung and Sony models, which are both about $800. A 65-inch Sony Bravia costs about $1,500, and an Ultra HD Panasonic will cost $1,700.

Newer models will be on store shelves in late February and early March, just in time for basketball tournaments.

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