Televisions are a type of medium used for transmitting sounds and moving images. TVs are an iconic mass media, serving as conduits for news, advertising, and entertainment. They became commercially available in the late 1920s, but grew in popularity during the 1950s. In 2013, nearly 80% of the world’s households owned a television set, indicating just how popular television has become in the modern era. Since 2010, the arrival of internet-based television has allowed people to access media online and view it on their television without having to connect multiple devices.

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There are many different types of television, which can make it overwhelming when you try to decide which one you want to buy. In terms of picture quality, you can’t beat the LG (Product Code: 55EC9300). It works in both dark and bright rooms, looks great from every angle, and shows extremely accurate color. It is a 55-inch screen with 1080p resolution, and looks absolutely striking. If you prefer Plasma, try the Samsung (Product Code: PN60F8500). It delivers outstanding color quality, very dark blacks, and solid 2D and 3D imagery. It is 60-inches in height and comes with a Smart Touch remote. It has numerous picture settings that allow you to adjust just about any aspect of the picture you want, and has wired and wireless networking capabilities. For a bit of a smaller model, try the Sharp (Product Code: LC-48LE551U). It is 48-inches and offers a very strong picture at an affordable price. While it doesn’t involve striking aesthetics, it is solid when it comes to performance and quality. Sharp also manufactures another model (Product Code: LC-60SQ15U), which is a 60-inch LED HDTV. It is expensive, but if you have the cash, it is certainly worth the money. It has an impressive color palette, although some reviewers have said that it lacks contrast. Its clunky and jerky interface can make it a bit difficult to find your way around at first, but it has many excellent online services and apps already built-in to the system.

Pros & Cons

When it comes to televisions, one of the main debates seems to be whether you should buy an LCD or Plasma screen. Both produce images but use a vastly different process to do so, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Plasma televisions are renowned for their deep blacks because they have the ability to completely turn off individual pixels. They also have excellent color saturation, and have much better viewing angles than LCD TVs. Plasma screens are at risk of “burn-ins”, which occurs when an image persists on the screen even after it has disappeared. They also use a lot of energy. LCD screens use about half the power of a plasma screen of the same size. LCD TV’s are better for rooms that receive a lot of light because plasma screens have a glossy and reflective nature.

Price Range

Televisions can be incredibly expensive, so it is important to do some research before you decide to buy one. If you are working on a budget, the TCL (Product Code: 49FS4690) is a great option. While it isn’t perfect, it is more than functional, and at $448, is one of the cheapest 48-inch LED HDTVs available. For those who have money to burn, the LG (Product Code: 55EA9800) model is probably the best television available today. It costs $9,000, which is more than three times the price of most models. For a more affordable television that still performs exceptionally well, try the Samsung (Product Code: PN60F8500) model. It comes in at just under $3,000, and is a top of the line plasma model.