You've invited a bunch of friends over to watch the Super Bowl, but your TV looks like you bought it when Bo Jackson was still playing. Fortunately, a number of retailers are offering deals leading up to the "Big Game" in New Jersey. (That's right, New Jersey). Here are some tempting options we've handpicked from all the major retailers, ranging from sub-$500, 40-inch sets to 60-inch monsters under $800. That's less than the cost of a nosebleed seat at MetLife Stadium, and you won't have to freeze your butt off, either.
This 40-inch HDTV from Samsung (available at Walmart) will leave you plenty of money to spend on beer and nachos. A built-in eco-sensor automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the environment. It's fairly thin, at 3.7 inches, but only has two HDMI ports. However, a USB port lets you connect a flash drive to show movies using the ConnectShare feature.
Who said small TVs had to be dumb? On sale at Target, Philips' 40-inch HDTV has built-in Wi-Fi, enabling you to wirelessly run apps such as Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, VUDU, NetTV, Facebook and Internet Radio. The screen has a rated brightness of 400 nits, and a 4,000:1 contrast ratio. Around back are four HDMI ports, component and composite inputs, VGA and USB.
Here's proof that 4K displays don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Seiki's 39-inch TV (on sale at Amazon) has a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, and a 120Hz refresh rate, making this display as good for productivity as it is for watching pigskin. Ports include three HDMI, two USB, a VGA, and a component. This could be a great way to future-proof your TV for less money, but make sure your room is large enough to handle all the pixels; you should be about 7 feet away to get the most out of these displays.
This 42-inch LED HDTV will fit nicely into smaller apartments. We also like that it has a 120Hz refresh rate, which is great for sports content, and a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. At 220 nits, this panel isn't the brightest, but it will more than suffice for enjoying the big game. The set comes with three HDMI ports, a DVI and a USB, so it covers all your connectivity bases.
Head to Walmart and snatch up a 60-inch beast for just $798. This Smart TV features Vizio's Internet app, which lets you access Netflix and YouTube right on the big screen. The remote, which has a full QWERTY keyboard, makes it easy to enter search terms and URLs. The display is just 1.94 inches thick and boasts SRS StudioSound HD, ideal for enjoying Richard Sherman's rants.
LG's 55-inch LED TV has a super-high 4,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and uses LG's Triple XD engine to deliver a crisp 1080p image. The players should look like they're popping off the screen. Available at Target, this set has only two HDMI ports, but includes optical audio and video, USB 2.0, component/composite and an Ethernet connection.
Apart from its sharp 1080p resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, we also like that this 55-inch Samsung TV is just 1.9 inches thick. Inside, it has a dual core processor, making this Best Buy bargain well suited for running Internet-connected apps such as Netflix, Facebook and YouTube via the TV's Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. This device also supports AllShare, so you can stream content from your tablet or smartphone wirelessly great for a halftime diversion that isn't Bruno Mars. The set comes with four HDMI and three USB ports.