January 17, 2014
Shane KitzmanStaff Writer
The biggest TV event of the year is just days away.
Still need the right TV to host your party for the Big Game, or unsure which sound bar to add?
Or maybe you’re searching for the best mobile apps to complement six hours of football and commercial watching.
Bottom line: The NFL title game is a great excuse to buy the new TV you’ve been eyeing.
LED, Plasma, LCD, OLED, 4K TV, Ultra HDTV … there’s a lot of amazing technology to choose from, and the good news is Best Buy has you covered.
Don’t quite understand what 4K TV or Ultra HDTV is?
It’s simple — 4K TVs have four times the resolution of 1080p HDTVs. With Ultra HDTV, the pixels are so small that you can still experience a seamless picture even up close, and the deeper, broader color palette makes all visuals more vibrant and lifelike.
Basically, don’t be surprised to see individual dimples on the football during the Big Game.
Is bigger always better for TVs?
Depends on where you’re sitting.
If you’re between 5 to 10 feet away, go with a 42-inch screen. If you’re between 8 to 16 feet from the TV, selecting a 65-inch option makes sense. For more advice, click here or check out this chart to help.
Then again, splurge on the 90-inch Sharp TV and eliminate spending another dollar on tickets to a live sporting event.
What’s the difference between LCD, LED, OLED and Plasma?
LED TVs shine brightly in dimly lit rooms, producing plasma-like deep blacks, and come in ultra-slim models for easy wall mounting. LED also provides a wider viewing angle than LCD TVs.
LCD TVs are great in well-lit areas and offer the widest range of sizes.
OLED TVs can recreate every visible color in the spectrum for superb color, and have an extremely fast refresh rate for action sports. OLED TVs are highly energy-efficient and produce their own light.
Plasma TVs are ideal for sports fans, handling moving objects better than LCDs, so you don’t miss a moment of the action. Plasmas also offer great color, in addition to wide viewing angles.
Need some quick and informational videos to help you out instead? Ask and you shall receive.
What’s the best mobile app for the Big Game?
If you haven’t watched an NFL game without Twitter sharing instantaneous stats, commentary, and satire on your tablet or smartphone, it’s not too late to start.
For starters, follow Sports Illustrated, the NFL account, and do-it-all reporter Darren Rovell. Don’t forget to check out the trending hashtags (#) during the game to stay in the know.
Reminiscing on some of the best ads from years’ past? There’s an app that lets you watch them again and again. Make sure to check out Mashable’s Top 10 of all time, Time’s favorites of the past decade, or peruse YouTube’s selected front runners.
Don’t worry if you’re not near a TV that night because FOX’s app means you can watch the title game live on your mobile device.
What about sound bars?
It’s one thing to see the crowd react and view the big hit on an HDTV.
It’s even better to hear the crowd’s roar and feelthe big hit with a sound bar.
Elevate your football experience, audibly, with sound bars starting at $99.
What’s the best way to enjoy this experience?
Wouldn’t it be nice if two experts quickly and seamlessly connected your new Internet-capable TV with your video components?
Then they hooked it up to your wireless network, and performed software updates and configured some apps while they were at it?
Two Geek Squad agents can do just that, in addition to ensuring all wires and cables are neatly dressed and hidden. Click here to make that a reality.
What’s the best way to tidy up before and after the game?
Dyson vacuums are engineered to clean better than any other vacuum — perfect for cleaning up the leftover tortilla chips that are now sprinkled all over the living room carpet.
Not only that, but the vacuum works just as well on hard floors with reportedly twice the suction of any competitor.
And as of Jan. 16, Best Buy is the exclusive retailer for the new Dyson DC65.
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