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What is the Best High Definition TV? Get the Best Deal on Your Next HDTV

Updated on December 4, 2014
Front view of my old TV
Front view of my old TV | Source

What is an HDTV?

HDTVs are everywhere, it seems, except for in my house! HDTV stands for high definition television. What exactly does that mean? Well, a high definition picture stands out. The colors and images come right at you. The contrast is much better than in the old TVs where the characters—the whole scene, really—looks flat. If you have seen a high definition TV, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Back view of my old TV. Nobody is dragging this thing anywhere!
Back view of my old TV. Nobody is dragging this thing anywhere! | Source

What do you need in order to get high definition?

I’m pretty electronically challenged when it comes to new inventions. I found out not too long ago that in order to receive a high definition picture, you have to have a compatible television, first of all. You can subscribe to a cable service that offers high definition television stations. Likewise, you can have an HD-ready TV with an external box. You can even pick up some high definition channels with an antenna! While I don’t know exactly how all of this works, I do know that you can’t have a twelve year old tube television like I do, no matter how many high definition channels your cable company offers, and expect to get a high definition picture. It’s just not happening with my heavyweight turn-of-the-century TV!

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But my old TV still works!

I try to tell myself that there are many advantages to sticking with my big backed tube TV from the late 90s or early 2000s. It IS paid for, and if I ever want to replace it with another television of its type, the replacement cost will be dirt cheap. Heck—someone might even give me an old tube TV. I tell myself, too, that while my TV keeps on ticking, those fancy HDTVs are getting cheaper every year. This IS true! By the time my old tube TV goes out, it will be much less expensive to purchase an HDTV than it is today.

Is a Sony TV good?

While I tell myself that these are great reasons for putting off buying a high definition television, I admit that I would really like to have a television that offers high definition viewing. Still, I am hesitant. Being the frugal person I am, I am waiting for my twelve-year old (or older!) television to quit. Somehow, the old dinosaur refuses to die. Perhaps that is another advantage of keeping my antique tele, but it’s a reason that is getting kind of annoying.

My brother had a Sony HDTV for a while until it got wet in the trunk of his car. Shame on him! It was a great TV. Great picture, great sound. This was the first time I was truly fascinated by what high definition could offer. I would stare at the picture, with its crystal clear images and defined shapes, not even noticing what show was on. What a beautiful view! I was mesmerized.

What a lovely high definition, light weight TV!
What a lovely high definition, light weight TV! | Source

Online electronics coupons can help save!

Maybe I’ll change my mind and go ahead and get an HDTV. I know that by shopping online, I can save even more with Sony Store deals. Online stores offer some great deals with Electronics Coupons, too, on other items I’m curious about, such as cameras, laptops, ipads, and cell phones. Products like these can be found at online stores such as SuperWarehouse, BoostMobile, Cellular Factor, Best Buy, and others.

I know an HDTV is in my future, although I still keep coming up with more advantages of keeping my old TV. Another one is that nobody will steal my television . . . even if they could lift it. Yep, it’s safe; nobody will steal it. Sometimes I sure wish somebody would!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      See, for me, I see nothing wrong with having a big old tube television set, like you ;) If it weren't for my technology obsessed boyfriend, we wouldn't have one. Now that we do though, when I watch tv at my parents I find it hard to see, well that's probably due to the tiny size of theirs compared to ours, lol. I'm not big on techno gadgets and if it's not broken, don't fix it! Well, to each his own. But really, our tv does seem more clear and better quality but it's not a huge deal and I could go either way. Great hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      emilybee--I hear you loud and clear. I'm with you! You should see my old flip phone! I'll enjoy an HDTV one of these days, I guess--when my old set dies and I can't find a replacement anywhere! LOL. Thanks for the input!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub, We have HDTV in our guest bedroom and in the living can't remember all the darn info. on that one. I just when I watch the guest bedroom T.V. it's looking a high gloss photo.

      Vote up and interesting, Joyce.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      One correction...if you use an antenna, you'll get the best high definition TV anywhere, off-the-air and free! Neither cable nor satellite HD is as good as off-the-air!

      You cannot however, get cable-only channels.

      Good Hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      writer--Thanks for the read and the input! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      WillStarr--Good to see you! and thanks for the correction! I HAVE heard about using an antenna but totally forgot about that! You just have to have an HDTV and an antenna, right? Thanks for that! I need to revise that part!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Yup! In fact, if you have an antenna already in place, it should work just fine. And with the new, digital signal, there are no more 'ghosts'. You either get a great picture or nothing at all.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Will--do you know if there is an antenna available that will find all the local channels for me? I remember now that my brother has an antenna and only gets part of the local channels. Also, I would have to get that HD ready TV right? OR a converter box? Don't know how that works. Need to explore more....

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      It depends on where you live and how far away you are from the broadcast towers. Any good antenna will work, like a Winegard.

      You need no converter. Just plug the cable into the set and you are good to go! You can find several 30" high definition sets for under $300, or even $200.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Will, but I still need to buy the new TV for the antenna to work, right? I still have the antique TV! :-)I may have to splurge!!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The new TV's are all digital, so you'll need a digital set, and almost all are now high definition.

      You'll love it!

      ^_^

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, WillStarr! Maybe I'll give in to that purchase soon! My old TV just won't quit, though! :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am almost ready to buy one of those things.. but like you, just can't seem to get there. Still waiting to see how others enjoy theirs and looking for the next new update. Great hub and well covered.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      HDTV seems like a great picture with high definition. The picture clarity, color tone and the contrast does look good!!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--It's just hard for me to buy something new when what I have still works. I'm sure I'll enjoy an HDTV when the time comes!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vellur-It is good quality. ONe of these days I'll get one!

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Must admit -- I'm as frugal as you are and still using my old tv -- BUT now have a converter box and an antenna I bought off eBay for $40 (they pay shipping). I'll get it up this weekend and see how it works -- I'd be satisfied with just "local" channels. The antenna says it picks up signals for 125 miles -- if that's true I'm home free! Enjoyed this Hub. Best/Sis

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, Angela! It's nice to know there are other frugal folks out there like me. Do me a favor and let me know how that antenna works. I may go that route if I can get ALL the local channels!

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Will do -- if it's as simple as it sounds it may be the answer! Best/Sis

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      If it were up to me I'd have our old TV. But my husband is an HDTV fanatic. Thanks for sharing, Take care, Kelley

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Angela. I hope you DO get back to me with good news!

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      Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

      Most people I know have an HDTV. The result is that everyone keeps giving me their own back tube TVs. I could start my own TV shop with all of these! Of course they aren't HDTV so who would buy them. I haven't made the switch yet, but I am feeling the pressure.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I hear ya, Kelley. A lot of people have to have all the new technology. I'm just not one of them. I'll get one someday though--maybe not until my dinosaur dies though! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bedbugabscond--you SHOULD open a TV shop. haha. Thanks for reading!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Make the investment. We switched to a flat screen HDTV about a year ago and I couldn't believe we waited so long. The picture is mind-blowing. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      alocsin--I may have to do it soon! Thanks for the input!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I also still have a tube tv as well still......big ol jvc 36 inch. You talk about heavy.....i've picked it up myself....I never want to again. I'm looking into getting something a bit larger plus hdtv. Funny enough I know a lot about the products, I just haven't invested quite yet. Also, I do like the idea of the online coupons. I may have to take your advice....I'll do some more research but I know this hub is here if I need it. Thanks a lot for writing it. Big help! Voting up and sharing!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kasman--Glad you appreciated the hub! One of these days I'll upgrade from my two-ton TV, too! :-0

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