Whether you’re trying to enjoy the 285+ channels of programming DIRECTV features or the offerings of Netflix and other streaming services, one thing you’ll definitely need before anything else is a decent television. In most cases, modern, flat-screen televisions will handle whatever you’re trying to do. However, there are some things you’ll want to research before signing off on a television – some are essential while others, not so much.
These things include:
- Picture Quality
- HDMI Ports
When deciding on an ideal television for DIRECTV or streaming purposes, these are some of the factors to consider.
Most television programs are broadcast in high definition and many of the programs housed on Hulu and Netflix are available in HD. Stands to reason that you would want a television that takes advantage of this format and gives you the cleanest picture possible.
Where picture quality is concerned, different types of televisions offer different experiences. Let’s look at some of the more popular types:
- OLED – Offers some of the best TV picture quality on the market, but you’ll certainly pay the price when it comes time to check-out.
- Plasma – Few sets offer the kind of rich depth in color that the Plasma can bring. However, as a general rule of thumb, Plasma sets can be bulky and unwieldy.
- LCD – Cheaper and lighter, they are a logistically sound choice but, because they are lit, you won’t get the definitive depth or deepness in color that other sets can provide.
Each format offers different pros and cons and some are more expensive than others. Getting to know each type will help you make an informed decision.
HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. It’s a connection standard used to transfer uncompressed video data and audio from HDMI-compliant sources. In other words, it’s a method of translating HD programming to your television set without shearing off any of the quality. DIRECTV uses HDMI cables to connect their DVRs and receivers to your television set.
While it’s true that most television sets come with HDMI ports, it’s something you want to double-check. Streaming devices like the Roku – which people use to access Netflix and Hulu among other streaming services – also rely on HDMI connection to give customers high quality, streaming.
More for the purposes of Netflix and Hulu, if you don’t want to use an intermediary device like Roku or a gaming console, an Internet-enabled television might be just what the doctor ordered. These television sets come equipped with Internet connectivity and all you need is a subscription to a service provider to connect your television to the web.
Many of these television sets already have dashboards with access to apps for Netflix and Hulu. You can learn more about these types of television sets by consulting with your local electronics store or searching online.
Do Your Homework
With the emergence of so-called Smart TVs, the line between the television experience and the streaming-Internet experience is growing blurrier. Be sure and do your research and shop around when looking for the best television for DIRECTV, Netflix and Hulu.