Sales on televisions leading up to the Super Bowl offer big savings as people can expect to shave about 19 percent off the cost of a TV, according to research firm Market Track.
While a sports bar is a great place to watch the big game and some boast as many as 49 TV screens or more for you to follow the action on, if you're buying a TV for your Super Bowl party at home, Consumer Reports says a screen that's at least 50 inches or larger is a good size for a crowd.
Testers in Consumer Reports' labs size up hundreds of TVs every year. Also important is a set that delivers a wide viewing angle.
"When you're watching a big game with a crowd of friends, not everyone is going to get that great seat front and center," said Jim Willcox from Consumer Reports. "One of the issues with some LCD and LED TVs is that the picture can start to look washed out when you view it from an angle."
Another consideration - how well the TV can handle fast action. These patterns help testers evaluate motion.
"Most TVs do fine with motion, but sports is one of the types of content that can really stress a TV's ability to present fast-moving scenes without the image blurring," Willcox said.
Testers also evaluate whether the TV's sound is clear and loud enough, without distortion.
The 55-inch Sony Bravia delivers excellent sound, and it gets top marks for ultra high-definition 4-K picture quality. It costs 28-hundred dollars.
"This year's Super Bowl is not being broadcast in 4-K, but it's still going to look great on this set," Willcox said. "And this TV will have you
future-proofed for when more 4-K content becomes available."
If you don't care about ultra high-definition, the 55-inch Panasonic Viera is a Consumer Reports Best Buy for 700 dollars.