TV Buying Guide | Consumer Reports

Television technology is constantly evolving. Here’s a roadmap to help you navigate the terms and types as you shop for a new TV.

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00:00 – Introduction
00:19 – Size
01:13 – LCD
01:49 – OLED
02:47 – 4K
03:26 – HDR
05:23 – Smart TVs
06:05 – Connections
06:36 – Data Privacy
06:55 – Warranty


  1. Simeon Figg on May 12, 2021 at 5:27 am

    😂😂😂Who uses a 24 inch tv in 2020. lol

  2. Willie on May 12, 2021 at 5:28 am

    OLED=overpriced light emitting diode lol

  3. Alex M on May 12, 2021 at 5:36 am

    With all the new consoles and 8k content coming out, you should mention the importance of HDMI 2.1. Without it you’re not going to be able to display 8k or 4k@120hz

  4. Sylvain Michaud on May 12, 2021 at 5:44 am

    Best recommendation is :
    1. Set your budget :
    Only buy a TV you can afford cash.
    2. Select whatever size and technologies that fits your budget.
    In the 70’s and 80’s people were satisfied with a low resolution 26" TV as their main one.
    Now with higher resolution and crisper colors we would need a 50" to 60" ?
    Total BS.
    People don’t take into account in their budget that nowadays, people want cable TV or streaming (internet + subscription). These are monthly fees. Calculate the annual budget over a 5 year period and imagine all that you could do with that money.
    Set your priorities straight.
    "People buy stuff they don’t need at a price they can’t afford to impress people they don’t like !"
    George Carlin
    Consumer Report is pushing more and more consumerism.
    An intelligent consumer is one with minimum debt.
    The more you spend on a TV, the less you’ll be tempted to go out to exercise, do rewarding activities (art, gardening, etc., …) and socialize (hopefully coming soon).
    No wonder people are getting more and more overweight and suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, isolation and are in debt.
    Still convinced a 50" to 60" TV is what is best for you and your kids ?

    It’s true that if they promote buy less stuff, Consumer Report would sell less membership to access product reviews.
    See why Consumer Report may not have your best interests at heart ?

  5. Drscottyjones on May 12, 2021 at 5:51 am

    NEVER buy Samsung TV, You WILL regret it, like I am right now

  6. David Jacobs on May 12, 2021 at 5:52 am

    I haven’t watched TV for last 5 years or so, and I have a 70 inch TV which I bought 6 years ago, which is just gathering dust.
    I consume most of video contents on my laptop, and the rest on my smartphone.

  7. Bruce John Shourt on May 12, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Anyone concerned about security should never connect their television to the Internet. Also, the built-in apps in televisions and recorders are not as well designed and are not kept up-to-date as the ones in dedicated streaming devices.

  8. Robert Montgomery on May 12, 2021 at 6:04 am

    I will give your report a B-. You fell short on size. Sizing a tv is critical and your report failed.

  9. shawnc292 on May 12, 2021 at 6:05 am

    Kind shallow guide in the display types. Didn’t mention oled burn in making them less optimal at high brightness, news watching, or gaming. No mention of qled, mini lcd with more dimming zones, or hdmi 2.1 (which is huge for 4k@120 and modern consoles that dropped this week) good starting point but would recommend people seek more specific guides based on the tv’s use case. Also, oled won’t get cheaper until at least 2022 as the factories in Chinese factories for Samsung and LG have been ordered to gag production of oled panels.

  10. Ronald Kwan on May 12, 2021 at 6:12 am

    For me, I don’t buy a TV that is not compatible with a universal remote. Some generic brands is not on the list, so if your remote fails and the manufacturer can’t provide one…that’s going to be frustrating.

  11. Andy Yu on May 12, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Cool 😎

  12. Jones on May 12, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Thank You! Where can i buy this report?