Best HDTV Deals for Game Day
With the biggest football game of the year just days away, retailers are ready to satisfy consumers' craving for a new HDTV in time for Sunday's Super Bowl kick-off at 6:25 p.m. EST. Though the clock has run out for online shopping, TV shoppers can still find good deals at their local electronics retailer.
We've put together a list of the best HDTV deals available from retail stores across the country:
Best Buy: If you're looking for the fastest refresh rate, Best Buy has Sony's Bravia XBR 46-inch 1080p, 240Hz LCD on sale for $1,659.99, that's a savings of $740. For value pricing, customers should look to Insignia, Best Buy's house brand. This week the Insignia 50-inch 720p, 600Hz plasma TV is on sale for $647.99, a $50 savings. Best Buy lets shoppers purchase their TV online and pick it up at the nearest store within 45 minutes of placing the order if it is availabile. Some Best Buy locations even offer reserved parking spaces for store pickup customers.
Hhgregg: Employee Family Discount sale at hhgregg runs now through Saturday, offering shoppers savings on all HDTVs. For a top of the line, energy efficient HDTV, hhgregg has Samsung's 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV on sale for $2299.81, a $1000 savings. Value-conscious buyers might consider a plasma TV like the LG 50-inch 720p, 600Hz for $698.72, a savings of $200. Hhgregg offers same-day delivery and setup. Sales Associate Nathan Coffee told TechNewsDaily, "If you buy a new TV before 2:00 p.m., we'll have it to you that night, even if it's this Saturday. And, it will be 100 percent working before we leave."
Target: You’ll find deals on Magnavox, Philips, Sylvania and Vizio, including a Magnavox 42” 1080p LCD for $499, a savings of $180. Go bigger with the Vizio 55-inch 1080p 120Hz LCD on sale for $848, a savings of $200. A spokesperson at Target Guest Services told TechNewsDaily that delivery must be scheduled three business days in advance, so plan to pick up your TV. Target also provides installation service on new TVs, including five service packages ranging from placement advice to professional mounting. This service may be scheduled after Sunday's final whistle blows.
Walmart: The super retailer announced rollbacks from $100 on best-selling TVs. This week the Samsung 32- inch LCD HDTV is priced at $498 – the same price as on Black Friday. For Sony fans, the 46-inch is marked down $100 to $1,298 and includes a $100 Walmart Gift Card with purchase. Walmart also launched a game party planning site this week that includes a helpful shopping list with recommendations based on the number of guests you'll be feeding on Sunday.
If you unsure what specs your Super Bowl TV should have, read our handy buyer's guide . Also remember, when buying a TV this week, you should consider each retailer's delivery and installation options. It's too late for most online purchases to arrive in time. Shoppers may want to prepare to pick up the TV, unload it themselves at home, and have a prime spot in the living room already selected. We recommend shoppers check their local retailer for availability on specific models, along with pickup and delivery options before they head out to the store.
And a final last minute tip: To get the best high definition picture from your new HDTV on game day, every link in the TV chain must be HD compatible. If you are using a cable or satellite box to deliver HD content, you will also need an HDMI cable to connect the TV to the box.
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