Break Out The Big Screens

Monday, January 31, 2011 - 2:48pm

As the Super Bowl approaches, television sales skyrocket.

It's a big week for the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans as Sunday's Super Bowl draws closer.

It's also a big week for retailers who sell big screen televisions. TV guru David Katzmeier says just like car dealers, retailers and set manufacturers are looking to clear out last year's models for this year's.

"This is desperation time for these manufacturers," he says.

According to a survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, at least 4.5 million people are expected to buy tvs this week, specifically to watch the Super Bowl.

That's nearly a million more than last year.

"In a best case scenario, you want to get a pretty big screen to watch sports and that means 50 inches or larger if you can do it," says Katzmaier.

Once you've settled on size there's the eternal question: Plasma or LCD?

"Plasma actually does handle motion a little bit better. Fast motion especially. So, you will see a little less blurring with plasma in sports," Katzmaier advises.

The trade off is plasmas use more energy.

If you decide to go the LCD route, pay attention to what's called the refresh rate.

The higher, the better.

Even the sharpest action can be ruined if there's glare on the screen.

"Some of these screens are glossy and have a lot of reflection. We recommend a matte screen or a more flat reflective surface," Katzmaier says.

Finally, even though there's no 3-D for the Super Bowl Katzmeier says many of the 3-D sets will give you among the industry's best 2-D pictures.

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