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CHOOSING A TELEVISION

SCREEN TECHNOLOGY

The 3 main technologies to look out for at the moment are:

LED

If you’re looking for:

  • A lightweight TV
  • Energy efficiency
  • Something on a smaller budget

Then consider an LED TV because:

  • LED backlighting allows for good picture quality without pushing the budget up too much
  • They’re slim and consume less power
LED

OLED

If you’re looking for:

  • A smooth, vibrant motion picture
  • Something that's slim and light
  • Bright colours

Then consider an OLED TV because:

  • The faster refresh rate reduces motion blur, offering a sharper, more natural image
  • Because it doesn’t require any backlighting, an OLED TV can be even thinner

QLED

If you’re looking for:

  • Brighter, vibrant, and more diverse colours

Then consider a QLED TV because:

  • Higher brightness can be achieved through quantum dot technology
  • It delivers the world’s first 100% Colour Volume, regardless of brightness level
QLED

FEATURES TO CONSIDER

Whatever type of TV you choose, also consider:

Picture quality

HD ready

  • Capable of showing broadcasted high definition footage
  • Does not have a High Definition tuner built in, so the services would need to come from external sources such as Sky or Virgin
HD ready

Full HD 1080

  • 4x the quality of current broadcasts
Full HD 1080

4K Ultra HD

  • 4x the quality of a Full HD picture
  • Even close up, images are clearer, sharper and more realistic
  • Providers are currently creating 4K content, with some already taking the lead, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and UltraFlix
4K Ultra HD

Ultra HD premium

Content creators and distributors such as Samsung, Sony, Netflix and Warner Bros agree that TVs with the Ultra HD Premium sticker must have:

  • 4K resolution (4x the pixels of full HD)
  • 10-bit colour depth (otherwise known as ‘deep colour’)
  • 90% colour space
  • A minimum contrast range
Ultra HD premium

Screen size

Ideally, your viewing distance should be 1.5 times the size of your screen. Screen sizes are measured diagonally.

Processing rates

Processing rates are measured in hertz (Hz) so you'll see TVs specified as 60Hz, 120Hz etc.
The higher the number, the more likely you are to have a smooth, natural looking and fluid picture quality, especially for fast paced content (such as sport) on your TV.

This does depend on what you're watching, so a high quality TV might still produce a low quality picture if it is filmed in low quality. Nowadays though, content creators are producing more content at higher processing rates.

HDR

  • Offers a deeper more lifelike display
  • Boost 4K and gives you even greater colour and contrast
  • With HDR you see everything as the creators intended
HDR

Smart TV

  • Smart TVs seamlessly stream online content through your broadband connection, so you can catch up on your favourite shows and connect to social media.
  • When choosing a new television, look at the smart features available – most offer catch-up TV, such as BBC iPlayer and streaming movie services, such as Netflix or Amazon Prime. Most new TVs today are 'smart'.
  • Different TV brands use different operating systems, so certain smart applications work with certain TV brands.
  • If you subscribe to a movie service already, then make sure your new set includes it.
Smart TV

Curved TV

Curved screens improve side angles, so no matter where you're sitting, you’ll have the best possible viewing experience, with an almost wrap-around effect as the screen fills more of your vision.

Curved TV

Freeview, Freeview Play, Freesat and YouView

Freeview:

  • Freeview is built in to all new TVs
  • It's free TV delivered to your home through an aerial
Freeview

Freeview Play:

  • Has all the channels Freeview has
  • Offers both catch up and on demand TV which is streamed via an internet connection
Freeview play

Freesat:

  • Freesat is free-to-air satellite television
  • It has even more free channels than Freeview, many of them in HD, and includes radio stations
  • It has an electronic programme guide
  • It doesn’t allow you to watch On-Demand TV, but that should be available with your smart TV
  • After your one-off payment for the digital box, the satellite dish and installation, your viewing is free with no contract or subscription
  • Your digital box is automatically updated with the latest channels and services as they become available
Freesat

To receive freesat you'll need:

  • A freesat digital receiver box or a TV with an integrated receiver
  • A satellite dish installed and connected to the receiver
  • If already have a satellite dish, it may be possible for you to receive freesat with your current dish
  • If you don't have a dish, we recommend that your dish is supplied and installed by a qualified satellite installer.
  • You can arrange this when you buy your freesat receiver in store; find out more about installation services

YouView:

TV on demand via a separate set top box connected to the internet and TV aerial

USEFUL ACCESSORIES

TV accessories can leverage your whole viewing experience.


Whether you want to enhance the sound quality or mount your television to the wall, you can buy:

  • Sound enhancement
  • Television stands
  • Television wall mounts
  • Connecting cables
TV ACCESSORIES

TV INSTALLATION SERVICES

Its £34.99 for a standard TV installation, but we have many more ways to help you get set up.

WHAT ARE MY DELIVERY OPTIONS?

Standard delivery

Standard delivery of your TV is free. This can be in as little as 3 working days, but you'll be offered delivery slots at checkout.

Next day delivery

Next day delivery is available for some TVs, but we’re unable to provide an installation service with next day delivery.

Delivery by our approved supplier

Delivery by our approved supplier means your TV will be delivered directly by the manufacturer, or their chosen courier, and they will arrange delivery with you.

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OWNING

Looking after your TV

    Do's

  • Use a proper screen cleaner on your TV
  • Unplug your TV when it’s not being used for a prolonged period of time

    Don'ts

  • Put your TV in front of a radiator
  • Touch the TV screen

Tip

Use the correct cleaning products and wipes to keep screens, devices and controllers dust and dirt free.

TROUBLESHOOTING

If you have any difficulties with your TV following installation, please check the manufacturer’s instructions first.

You can also call our call our Technical Support helpline on 0330 123 0106
from 8am - 9pm weekdays, 8am - 8pm Saturdays and 10am - 6pm Sundays.

Please have your order number and model details to hand.

TV GUARANTEE

We offer a 5-year guarantee on TVs - that could be up to 4 years over and above the guarantee offered by the manufacturer.