Consider the cost and brand of the TV
If you buy a shop (or generic) brand, that's also much cheaper than the branded versions, you need to consider what the manufacturers cut back on in order to keep the cost down:
Picture quality - especially if it has Freeview satellite inbuilt.
Lack of input sources: HDMI, AV, etc...
None of these things would be too important if the TV was going into a bedroom, but you'd hardly want one in the lounge - or worse, in accommodation such as Air B&B, Expedia, etc...
You may save a few bucks, but we reckon you'll soon regret it. We say stick with the branded models.
Does the TV have Freeview satellite inbuilt?
Probably not as important if you're living in an area served by UHF coverage, but if you receive your signal via satellite dish and want to loose your Freeview box, this is a must!
But don't be fooled! There are currently only three branded manufacturers who offer Freeview satellite inbuilt.
They are: Panasonic, Samsung and LG.
The Konka brand also offers inbuilt satellite, but we wouldn't recommend buying one - unless it's destined for a bedroom, where it probably won't get watched a lot.
All other brands are strictly Freeview|HD (UHF aerial) capable only, and offer no inbuilt satellite tuner. These TVs still require a Freeview box for use when used with a satellite dish.
Do I really need to upgrade to a Smart TV?
A recent Consumer Magazine article addressed this question with a resounding... No.
Most TV manufacturers build with smart capability in mind, but many of the apps fail to update on a regular basis past a certain point in the TVs lifetime.
Our recommendation is if you're happy with your present TV, simply buy either a Chromecast device or a DishTV A7070 box (we stock and can install these), and connect it. You now have a Smart TV!
Best of all, all your installed apps will be updated on a regular basis, and if your favourite app isn't preloaded just install it from the Play Store. Nice!
How do I measure the size of the TV screen?
Screen sizes are measured from the corner of the screen to the diagonal opposite corner.