Shopping for a new TV this holiday season?
We've got good news: Screen sizes are bigger than
ever, and prices keep falling.
Consumer Reports is out with some helpful TV-buying
News 8's Martha Koloski has more.
Jose Irizarry is on the lookout for a new TV.
He says there's only one way to find the set that's
right for you.
Experts at Consumer Reports have done their research
and expect to see major TV brands like Samsung, LG,
and Sony as part of some holiday deals.
In the past, those deals have mostly included only
budget brands like TCL, Hisense and Westinghouse.
Jim Willcox / Consumer Reports
Some of the lesser brands have been really aggressive
both in the 1080p and 4K markets.
What that's done is put a lot of pricing pressure
on the major brands.
That means your money goes further.
For example, for 500 dollars, you should be able to
get a 40-inch 4K Ultra HD TV from a top-performing
brand, something that would have cost you nearly twice
as much just a few years ago.
As the TV industry matures, as new features come into
the marketplace, at first they're expensive.
Then they become less expensive as they, you know,
get rolled out into mainstream models.
That's why for 750 dollars you should be able to buy
a higher tier 50-inch 4K Ultra HD set from a major
brand, which consistently do better in Consumer Reports'
ratings than value brands.
Spend a little more and you'll likely get a larger
screen and more of the latest features including better
video processing and HDR or high dynamic range-which
can yield better contrast and more realistic looking
Because most people keep their TVs for 7-10 years,
Consumer Reports says it's worth it to spend that
extra hundred or hundred and fifty dollars if it means
getting a higher-quality TV.