Is This the Best Time to Buy a TV?

When it comes to getting the best price on a TV, many people think of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as the best days to buy simply due to the overwhelming number of TV deals during that time of year. But is better to wait until the Super Bowl rolls around instead? Well, it depends on what you’re looking for.

No Doorbuster TVs in January

While not always the case, you tend to see better models on sale closer to the Super Bowl than you do in November. Last year, you could get a 55-inch LED TV for $249 during Black Friday, but it was a Westinghouse. There were also plenty of 60-inch 4K Ultra HDTV sets for $799, including the UN60JU6390FXZA model from Samsung (now selling for $1,299). Both great prices, but you get what you pay for. The Samsung model was specifically released for Black Friday and its sole purpose was to get people into the store. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad TV (reviews have been mostly good since Thanksgiving), but it’s not a top-of-the-line 4K TV.
 The January models on sale include the 60-inch Samsung UN60JU7090 4K UHD 3D Smart LED HDTV for $999, which you can get at Best Buy, Samsung or PC Richardson & Sons. On Christmas Eve last year it was selling for $1,799 on Amazon, so this is a big price drop in a month’s time. As someone listed in the community wiki of that deal thread, the panel of the TV is not a Samsung panel. The black levels and contrast won’t be as good as a “real” Samsung TV, but if you’re not super picky about the specs and don’t need the best in class experience, this is likely a better investment for you.

Should You Get a 4K TV?

This is the question consumers have to start asking themselves when buying a new TV. The technology has been around for a few years now and prices have dropped to affordable levels. The deciding factor should be how much 4K content you have access to.
 If you mainly watch cable TV, skip the 4K TV for now since cable companies don’t have any 4K content to broadcast. DirecTV is an exception, but as of December 2015, they only had two movies a week in 4K. Insulting, we know. Supposedly, there are 4K compatible cable boxes hitting the market soon, but none of the major companies have confirmed a release date yet.
 You should consider upgrading to a 4K TV if you’re a cord cutter or someone who prefers to watch Netflix or Amazon Video instead of regular TV. The Roku 4 and Amazon Fire TV allows you to stream 4K content, but, surprisingly, the new Apple TV does not. Just remember that you will need a fast Internet connection in order to stream 4K movies and shows. Netflix recommends at least 25 megabits/second in order to stream 4K content. However, keep in mind that’s just for one device. If someone is using their phone, or if you have other devices using your home Wi-Fi (most people do), you’ll need close to double that speed. If you don’t have a fast enough plan, you’ll need to pay more to take advantage of your new TV. In comparison, a regular HD movie can be streamed with just 5 megabits/second.
 If you can’t tell the difference between HD and 4K Ultra HD, definitely don’t buy a 4K TV. Stick to a 1080p LED set.

Super Bowl TV Slickdeals

Since the 2016 models for most TVs haven’t been released yet, the prices for the current TVs will continue to drop over the next couple of months. There are still good deals to be had, but don’t be surprised if any of these are cheaper after the Super Bowl. The brands with the most popular deals over the past month are Samsung, LG, Sony, Sharp and Vizio — the usual suspects. Here’s how they break down by size.
 40 to 50-inch TVs
 People who buy new TVs today usually don’t go for anything below 50 inches, but there are still some smaller screens available.

55 to 60-inch TVs

65-inch TVs

Top Pick

The Samsung 65-inch 4K SUHD Smart 3D LED TV is our pick for best TV to buy now. It’s $1,000 less than it was in October last year, and it’s a TV you’ll be able to hang onto for a long time. The ratings on Samsung’s website is 4.7 out of 5 (based on 138 reviews), but CNET gives it a modest 3.5 rating. However, that was mainly due to value, which was based on what it was selling for mid last year. At $1,997, you have to adjust the rating accordingly.
 This TV has fantastic picture quality, 3D features, edge-lit LED backlight with local dimming and it’s a Smart TV. Sure, $2,000 is still a lot of money to spend on a TV, but you get a quality product.

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