Sorry to say, but buying a new TV is so similar to purchasing an automobile or even a home. You see, you gotta have all the facts straight, all the types, all the options and, of course, the different prices. I recently bought a new TV for my basement, replacing a 1997 RCA console that still was working quite well, thank you. But then, let me tell you what happened before this purchase.
I received word from the cable company that they would shut my poor, old faithful TV down if I didn't apply for a special box that, believe it or not, converts to something like analog to digital or whatever. So we ordered the box and it came and it was free. It wasn't hooked up fast enough, so you guessed it, they shut the old TV down.
I then got a very bright idea that being as my old TV was old, just maybe I should look into a new TV set and put the old boy out to pasture. Boo hoo!
My wife and I went to the appliance center and saw a parade of new models and all sizes with words like HDTV, plasma, LED and many more terms that I wasn't familiar with. I did know that HD meant high definition. We decided to purchase a 40-inch set and requested a wall model that required a special bracket, which they would install for a price, of course. We also decided on an additional warranty, which is also for a price, of course.
Connected to the old TV was a system of Blue Ray, DVD and, of course, the ancient VCR.
When the delivery arrived and installation began, I was informed that I really should have another box that, being it was in the basement, would bring a much better picture. So I agreed and made the purchase.
Finding the studs for the bracket I thought would be a problem, being the wall was paneled and probably glued without nail holes. They found the studs without any problems and proceeded on with installation. With two men working they had all the wires to the TV, including cable wires and Blue Ray wires and DVD and VCR wires, and mounted the TV on the wall just as I ordered.
The proof in the pudding as they say is, is this really going to work? Well, two out of four worked. The TV worked and the VCR worked. But, there was a no-no on the Blue Ray and DVD players. They (the installers) seemed to think that both broke at the same time, and suggested buying new ones.
The TV part is real good with a sharp picture, and of course my old TV went to Boot Hill. Now, I am not an electrician or TV expert, and they could be right, but I just used the Blue Ray on my dear old gone TV set just a week previous. I hope I don't have to purchase new players. I will find out, though.
There is so much difference now as in the old days before HDTV, plasma, cable, and dish and many other assorted names and monikers. In today's world, though, modern TV is making it much easier for people to receive any type of entertainment, news and weather and whatever they want with around-the-clock programing, which is good, and we can be very thankful. Of course, with a price.
I can't help but remember back in 1952, when my father purchased our first TV, which in those days was a black-and-white with a 17-inch screen and really only one channel. You had to watch what was on, even if it was only a test pattern. This was before color or cable or dish, and you had an antenna that had to be constantly moved to receive better reception, and snow on your screen that was worse than in the Himalayas.
My little TV problems are probably quite moot compared to those good old days, but we have to all agree that we have come a long way, baby for a price, of course!