Crowded market offers plenty of consumer choice

Televisions have been around since the 1920s and since then, they have become a staple appliance at home, in the office, in vehicles, malls, advertisements, etc. Televisions have become a source of information such as news and entertainment. The popularity of televisions has also paved the way for the development of video cassettes, DVDs, CDs, laser discs, and the like.

The television became a medium for playback of broadcast and recorded materials. Nowadays, it also functions as a screen for computers and it has become available online (internet television).

The market is now full of all kinds of televisions with varying features that it has become a challenge to find the right one. Read on for the televisions buying guide.

Types of television

There are actually a lot of television types available in the market today but generally, there are four types: LCD TVs, Plasma TVs and Front Projectors.

LCD TVS are generally light weight and use up less energy compared to Plasma TVs. They are usually of the backlit model or LED backlit model, ideal for viewing in bright rooms. Prices start from $300 up to three thousand dollars or more for LCD 3D TVs.

Plasma TVs are ideal for those who want 42 inches or bigger screen size. It has various viewing angles compared to the LCD TVs and its prices range from $500 to $4,000 or more if the screen is larger and with 3D features. Both the LCD and the Plasma TVs can be mounted on a leveled surface or put on a stand.

Front Projectors require a separate screen for a theater-like experience. These are usually sold starting at $ 800 to $4,500 or more. The screen is usually priced at around a thousand dollars or more, depending on the type and brand. Some Front Projectors also have 3D features.


There are many available features in televisions nowadays but the basic ones are as follows:

  • Picture quality
  • Viewing angle
  • 3D
  • Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Connections and compatibility with media players, etc
  • Aspect-ratio adjustments
  • TV settings and modes