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When you want to relax and unwind after a long day, you may spend time on the couch watching your favorite programs on TV. A television is often the focal point of a living space, offering entertainment, education, and a way to disconnect from everyday life. TVs come in a range of sizes from various manufacturers. Explore some of the differences among televisions and what to look for when comparing them.

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When you buy a new TV, you may wonder what accessories you need to purchase with it to get it up and running at your home. Most televisions come with a power cord, a remote, and feet to place them on hard surfaces. If you want to mount your TV on a wall, you will need to purchase a mounting bracket. The bracket kit typically includes the hardware needed to install it on the wall, but you'll need the appropriate mounting tools.

The size of your TV impacts the size of the mounting bracket to purchase. If you want to swivel your TV to improve the view from different room areas, look for brackets that offer this functionality. If you choose to mount your TV, remove the feet before attaching the TV to the bracket.

Technological advancements have transformed the television industry. A 1080p television once offered the best picture quality, but newer TVs that use 4K technology can display four times the number of pixels for a crisper picture. You may wonder whether you should buy an OLED or a QLED TV. It's helpful to understand the differences between the two types.

As mentioned, OLED stands for organic light-emitting diodes. QLED stands for quantum light-emitting diode. A TV with this term in its description will include quantum dot film over the liquid crystal display (LCD). Both offer excellent picture quality. 

TV manufacturers are improving picture quality, and 8K is the next big advancement in resolution. The resolution of an 8K TV is 7680 by 4320 pixels, marking an increase of another four times over 4K and 16 times the pixels of a 1080p or HDTV. The picture quality of an 8K TV is sharp and crisp, but the cost may inhibit buyers from rushing out to purchase one right away. TV manufacturers will likely continue to improve the 8K offering.

If you choose an 8K TV, you'll need a few additional accessories. Video rated at 8K requires high speed to lead into the screen. You'll need at minimum 2.1 HDMI cables and a fast internet connection if you stream your content. HDMI 2.1 is a newer standard with a maximum bandwidth of 48Gpbs, three times the previous HDMI 2.0 capability.  

Smart technology has also taken the electronics industry by storm, allowing consumers to control and integrate their devices. A smart TV refers to a television that can connect directly to the internet and run apps. However, not all smart TVs operate in the same way. Some can integrate with other devices in the home, creating a more cohesive entertainment experience. Others offer voice control capability, allowing you to change the channel or find a program with a spoken command.\n
Many major electronics manufacturers offer smart TVs. Comparing the features of each TV that you're considering can help you decide which will work best, based on the streaming platforms you use and how you plan to integrate the TV with other devices.\n
Now that you understand the differences among the TVs available, you may be ready to start shopping. Instacart makes it easy to get the perfect TV to keep you entertained and informed without having to leave the comfort of home. When you shop through Instacart, you can compare prices and find high-quality products that are ready for pickup or delivery on the same day, often in as little as 2 hours! The selection also includes TV accessories and essentials.
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