Buy a 2018 TV and get a Smart bar­gain

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QWE NEED a new tele­vi­sion set. Our pre­sent one is just a notch up from black and white and strug­gles to get many chan­nels and even then, the pic­ture can be blurry.

We have broad­band at home but our tele­vi­sion is so old it can’t ac­cess it.

We paid about £350 for our cur­rent set nearly 15 years ago. We re­alise TV sets have been get­ting cheaper and bet­ter. But we don’t re­ally know where to start! There are so many mod­els from so many man­u­fac­tur­ers – and that’s not counting the shops and on­line stores. Please can you help? Maria T

ATVS have come a long way in 15 years and you can get a lot for £350. The vast ma­jor­ity at this price point or more will be Smart. That means you can con­nect to your home wi-fi to ac­cess streaming ser­vices and catch-up apps from the likes of the BBC, ITV and Chan­nel 4.

These free ser­vices let you watch shows you’ve missed, when­ever suits you. You’ll be able to ac­cess Net­flix and Ama­zon Prime Video, too to en­joy huge li­braries of movies and orig­i­nal programmin­g, al­though you’ll have to pay a monthly fee.

You’ll find that most TVS are 4K, so it’s not a fea­ture you have to pay more for. These high­res­o­lu­tion dis­plays will make your favourite shows look crisper and you’ll be blown away by how good na­tive 4K con­tent will look.

Since most TVS are 4K and Smart, size is your main de­ci­sion. We rec­om­mend sit­ting eight feet from a 43-inch screen, 10 feet from a 49-inch screen and 11 feet from a 55-inch one, so choose size that suits the size of your room and bud­get.

Now is an ex­cel­lent time to buy since you can get TVS re­leased in 2018 at a se­ri­ous dis­count, but you’ll need to be quick as their re­place­ments are al­ready on sale and it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore they are gone for good.

New TVS of­fer a lot for your money

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