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Busted!: The 15 Biggest Myths About Buying a TV

Find the best set to suit your needs by getting educated about smart capabilities, OLED, plasma, the best time to buy, and more.
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Buying a new TV can be a stressful experience for the uninitiated. Even well-versed technophiles may find it hard to keep up with the ever-changing lexicon of TV acronyms and terms. Fortunately, DealNews is here to help.

We're debunking myths and separating fact from fiction — all in the name of your next TV purchase. So if you've ever wondered when TVs go on sale or whether you should upgrade to 4K, wonder no more. Brush up on our tips below and avoid getting burned on your next big purchase. (Then, consider signing up for our electronics newsletter so you can stay up to date on the latest deals on the best TVs.)

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By now you know more about TVs than your local sales rep! If you're pressed to buy a new panel, make sure to visit our listing of HDTV deals for the best prices on the latest sets. Or, consider signing up for the DealNews Electronics Newsletter to have the best tech sales delivered to your inbox everyday.

Readers, do you have any other myths to add to our list? What other misconceptions are out there when it comes to buying a new TV? Sound off in the comments below.


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With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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4 comments
venkatx5
Why to HDTV Calculator for 4K Tvs? Anyways, Where to find that?

Smart TV Interface needs improvement in all Brands. Will see how Tizen OS scores.
einstein999
good tips!
too bad though, that almost every deal listed on dealnews is missing crucial information, i.e. #4, if a TV is edge lit or has full array lighting...lots of room for improvement
Louis Ramirez (DealNews)
Thanks, @JonDas! Hope you found it helpful.
JonDas
Good, thorough job, Louis. Thanks!
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