Smart TVs are a popular option right now.

Jason Bellant II

Kmart electronics employee

Televisions come and go. The TVs we watched our favorite shows on just a decade or two ago are all but obsolete, and just like all things in the technology world, each new invention pushes an older “dinosaur” out the door.

 According to, this year’s plasma TVs are out, and they have been replaced by 4K/Ultra High Definition resolutions. For those who have no idea what this is, 3840 x 2160 pixels is the minimum for this type of TV, four times the resolution of full HD TVs. In addition, the prices have fallen to half what they were when they debuted about a year ago. A 55-inch Ultra HD TV at Kmart is approximately $700.

 Another new player in the game of televisions is the curved screen. Have no fear, flat screen TVs are still the main choice you will find, but Samsung has been pushing its curved screen TVs.

 While you also have the option of 3D televisions, claims that they are near death. While 3D may still seem popular and prevalent on the big screen, it has been less popular when it comes to home viewing. While the 3D TV may not die out completely, it definitely fits the idea of a dinosaur electronic. 3D prices vary depending on TV size, brand and more.

 Last month Fenton Kmart’s Jason Bellant II, said, “Smart TVs are a popular option right now.” Smart TVs are somewhat like smartphones, they give viewers access, via Wi-Fi, to apps and other online goodies. Who needs a BluRay player or gaming system to access Netflix when they can do it right through their television? Shoppers can get a Toshiba 65-inch TV for about $1,000.

 How about LED or LCD? If anyone is scared of a bad former experience with LCD TVs, it may help to know that their technology has changed. Previously all LCD TVs were backlit by always-on, CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent) lamps. While shoppers may still find this ageing technology in cheaper sets, more expensive ones use a superior LED method. As far as LED sets go, opt for direct LED over edge LED.

 Something else that is new in the world of televisions is OLED backlighting, organic light emitting diode. This is brand new for 2014, and so far, LG is the only company to release full-sized OLED TVs. Combine the new curved technology with a 55-inch 3D OLED LG TV at Kmart for about $2,800.

 Then, of course, shoppers have to choose their TV size. Want something small for the bedroom? There are many great 32-inch screen options out there. For those who want a home theater experience, look for a 60-inch or bigger screen TV. Just make sure you have the room for it.

 In addition, when it comes to prices, don’t just figure a high priced name means quality. There are great inexpensive TVs and there are bad expensive TVs. Talk to a salesperson and they will surely be able to give advice on the best model based on needs and price.

OLED review

According to Will Greenwald at, “Last year, I reviewed the LG 55EA9800, $3,200.00 at eBay, a 55-inch curved OLED HDTV. To my utter shock, it managed to produce perfectly dark black, a holy grail of HDTV testing and the only way a screen can have the “infinite contrast ratio” some manufacturers have claimed in the past. I’ve been waiting for another OLED HDTV to test to see if this was some mysterious fluke or if the technology really can consistently perform that way. LG has now released the 55EC9300, a redesigned, WebOS-based follow-up model. Well, OLED is now two for two, and the 55EC9300 offers one of the best pictures I’ve ever tested in the lab. That image quality will cost you $6,999.99, though, so while OLED is now confirmed to be the future of HDTVs, it still isn’t feasible for most consumers today.”


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