NOVEMBER 2015 ;e Costco Connection 21
By Marc Saltzman
IF YOU HAVEN’T SHOPPED for a TV in a while,
you’ll no doubt be blown away by today’s screen sizes,
quality and features—and you don’t need to break
the bank to bring home a beautiful television. But to
help you choose the right TV, and optimize the
experience once you get it home and set it up, consider the following pointers.
Thanks to a growing selection and falling prices,
you might consider buying one of the new 4K Ultra
HD televisions, which offer four times the resolution
of a 1080p HD TV. In plain English, these new TVs
have a picture that’s jaw-droppingly clear. A caveat:
There isn’t a ton of Ultra HD content out there just
yet—it’s mostly from on-demand video streaming
services like Netflix, Amazon, PlayStation Video
and You Tube. Many new smartphones, tablets and
cameras can shoot 4K video, too. More content and
4K discs are on the way. In the meantime, these TVs
can “upscale” regular HD to Ultra HD for near ultra-high-definition quality.
Sizing up the situation
The right size is one of the most important
choices in getting a new TV. It’s important to consider the room you’re putting the TV in and what
size will work best for that space. Remember, Costco
warehouses are huge and it’s easy to lose perspective
as to how big or small a specific TV may be once
you get it home.
There are a few guides to start with.
Concerning how far back you should sit, a
general rule of thumb is 1. 5 to 2 times the
diagonal screen size. With a 50-inch TV,
You might measure your wall space
before buying a TV—or even use painter’s
tape on the wall to envision the area of your
new TV—before you buy and take it home.
To add some oomph to your TV’s audio, you
have a few choices. One is a full home theater setup,
including an audio-video receiver and multiple
speakers throughout the room. Another option is a
sound bar, which lies just below or just above your
television, which can deliver much fuller sound
than the TV’s built-in speakers can muster.
Many sound bars include a wireless subwoofer
to place in the room, responsible for that great
booming bass, and Bluetooth support that lets you
wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet or computer.
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Your new TV will likely be a Smart TV, meaning it can join your wireless network and support
hundreds of downloadable apps—just like your
smartphone or tablet. Popular apps for Smart TVs
include video services, online photo galleries, social
media sites, interactive games, streaming music,
sports content, video chatting apps (like Skype),
Web browsers and more.
To get the most out of your Smart TV, make
sure you have a strong wireless Internet connection.
You might consider upgrading to a faster tier of service with your Internet service provider. Your router
is also critical: The latest AC protocol is the best for
streaming video. If you have a larger home, you
might want a repeater to extend the range of your
Wi-Fi signal throughout the home.
Travel and setup
TVs are fragile, so keep your TV upright and
secure when taking it home from the warehouse,
and be sure to have help when you’re unpacking it
from its box. Larger models have removable clips at
the bottom to make unboxing easier. If you need
help with setup or installation, visit Costco.com to
find a service provider (in available markets).
You can place your TV on a stand (included) or,
better yet, mount it to your wall like a picture frame
to free up precious real estate. If you don’t know how
to mount a TV properly, it’s smart to enlist the help
of a professional. C
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The Costco Connection
Costco features a variety of TVs in the warehouses and at Costco.com, along with sound
bars, mounts and routers. All TVs come with an
additional year of warranty and free technical
support from Costco Concierge Services.
Tips on size, sound, setup and more