TV Purpose

Before buying a new TV you need to consider how you will be using your TV. Purpose will have effect on what you need to think about before parting with your cash. Otherwise you could be wasting your money on a product that doesn’t meet your needs.

Realise the purpose of your TV

Intended TV purpose can vary. While most of us are interested in buying a good quality all-round TV for watching broadcast television, some of us are specifically interested in finding a TV that is suitable for a specific need or want. As an example, we might want a TV that is particularly suitable for Movies or Sport, or for Games. Or, we may be thinking about subscribing to HD Channels or watching Blu-ray DVDs.

All these considerations will affect your choice of television.

Sport
When watching sport on TV it is important that it can cope with the fast action on the screen. One which doesn’t show ‘motion blurring’, sometimes referred to as ‘smearing’. This shows upĀ  a trailing blur behind the moving action.

Plasma TVs are frequently betterĀ  than LCD for preventing smearing. However there are some exceptions. Some LCD manufacturers have increased frame rate from 50Hz to 100Hz or 200Hz on some models significantly reducing blurring.

Movies
There are some things to consider when choosing the right TV to watch movies. For example, we may be more interested in fast-paced action movies or in playing old DVDs rather than High Definition (Blu-ray) movies.

There are particular features of a TV that can improve movie experience. More and more TV’s are compatible with 24fps (frames per second), the speed at which movies are typically shot. This improves movie-watching considerably. Without 24p support they are usually played at 25 fps (PAL TV standard).

Fully HD enabled screens (1920 x 1080) can play Blu-ray movies at the highest available level of detail which adds a big improvement.

Games
As big screen HDTV’s become less expensive the idea of using them with games consoles is becoming more and more attractive.

The best TV’s for Gaming are those with ‘Input Lag’, times (how long it takes for the TV image to respond user actions). Input lags of anything over 0.08 seconds can leave a game unplayable.

TVs most suited to playing games should have input lags of between 20-30ms. A few HDTV’s now come with a ‘games mode’ included, designed to reduce input lag. However, this is not always effective or helpful as a guide to which TVs are suited to gaming.

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