We all have our favourite films, sports, soaps… now see them in a new light with our range of televisions. Choosing a new or additional TV is exciting, and technology moves at such a place there are always new features to check out. Our TV buying guide will keep you up to date with screen types, features and accessories. Look out for the perfect TV from top brands including Samsung TVs and those from LG, Panasonic, Hitachi, Sony, Philips and more. These days, you can find different TVs for different needs. Look for a compact 32-inch TV that doesn’t take up too much precious space, so you can easily pop on top a chest of drawers in the bedroom. Or, for a family film viewing in the living room, a 65 inch TV is big enough for everyone to get a clear view.
QLED and OLED TVs
If you’re an avid TV-viewer, go one step beyond 4K TVs, 4K HDR and even 4K Ultra HD TVs. Look for one of the highest quality televisions on the market, which use Samsung’s QLED (quantum dot LED) technology, or LG’s OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology. Though they abbreviate similarly, these two technologies are vastly different, with QLED utilising traditional LED backlights, and OLED creating a display out of millions of light-emitting pixels. If you’re curious, check out our QLED TVs and OLED TVs for a sharp, diverse colour palette and crystal-clear picture quality. And for the latest on the market, browse the new Panasonic OLED TVs.
Freeview provides a wide range of staple channels, but if you’re looking for more variety, like shows from abroad, you can explore the many options available for on-demand viewing. Popular subscription favourites include Netflix, NOW TV, Hulu and Amazon Prime. There are also plenty of free services such as YouTube, BBC iPlayer, 4OD and more. These are all easily accessible through smart TVs, which connect to your Wi-Fi. They can even be used as sound systems, through Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music or a good old aux cable. Don’t fret if you still have Blu-ray or even DVDs to watch, just get a TV DVD combi or Blu-ray player. Alternatively, run them on your laptop and use Chromecast to watch on the big screen.
TV stands and accessories
Once your TV is sorted and you’ve lined up your favourite shows and movies, it’s well worth exploring other audio options - even basic sound systems are a big improvement on television speakers. Some sound bars come with subwoofers for added bass, which really make you feel the oomph (check in with the neighbours as that bass really packs a punch!). The Sonos Beam is the gold standard of sound bars and doubles up as a smart speaker too. For maximum immersion, go for a home cinema system including subwoofer, 5.1 surround sound and Dolby technology.
With the technical stuff out the way, make your home cinema work for your living space. Large TV, limited space? TV wall brackets save you room and some allow your TV to pivot once it’s up there. Many TV stands also contain storage for remotes, cables, TV boxes, routers and more. If you’re not so keen on how televisions look, perhaps Samsung’s The Frame is the TV for you. Designed to look like a picture frame, to suit your décor and become a seamless part of the room.