These are the features and functionality of today's TVs
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TV Buying Guide

When you know what TV technology to look for, it's easy to choose the right TV for the video gamer, sports fanatic or movie buff in your life. Check out this helpful guide to make sure the TV you bring home is a treat for even the most demanding entertainment enthusiast.

TVs for the gamer

  • Gaming consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 need a high-resolution (HD) display to make games look their best. Look for a TV that offers resolutions of 720p1080p or the new 2160p, available on 4K Ultra HD TVs.
  • Today's games move at breakneck speed. Will the TV you're about to buy be able to keep up? Shop for a television with a response time under 6 milliseconds (6ms) and a refresh rate of at least 120Hz. The lower a TV's response time + higher the refresh rate = less blur on screen when objects move. This means movies, TV shows and sports look great, too!
  • TVs can even be great for computer gaming. Look for a television that sports VGA, DVI or HDMI ports so that it can do double duty as a computer monitor.

TVs for the sports fan

  • Modern TV, Blu-ray discs and DVDs provide high-definition digital visuals. To make that digital content look its best, look for a television that offers a 1000:1 static contrast ratio. This will allow users to enjoy video with rich blacks, bright whites and vibrant colors.
  • Thinking about purchasing a home theater system to go along with your new TV? Make sure it has the audio ports to support it.
  • Watching sports is better when everyone can see no matter where they're sitting. Look for a TV that provides a wide viewing angle.

TVs for film buffs and TV fanatics

  • Know someone who can't get enough entertainment? With an Internet-connected TV (also known as a smart TV), you'll be able to enjoy streaming content from providers like VUDU, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and Vimeo from the comfort of your couch.
  • Look for a TV that offers a wide variety of connectivity options. Having multiple HDMI ports, for example, means never having to disconnect your Blu-ray player so that you can plug in your Apple TV.

Refer to this TV glossary and get one step closer to choosing the right TV.

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