Nothing beats sitting in courtside seats, behind home plate or at the 50 yard line. The best seats in the house make you feel as involved in the game as the players and coaches. Of course, time and money are constraints on making such an experience possible for many people.
The good news is you can re-create this sort of experience from your own living room. Choosing the right television for sports viewing can make it feel like the game is being played right inside your house.
What matters most when it comes to watching sports?
- Motion performance: Seeing fast action sequences cleanly and clearly matters. You want sharp detail and high resolution so it is easy to spot a fumble recovery or see a puck bounce off the post. Substandard motion performance can mean a fuzzy picture during key plays or sequences.
- Wide viewing angles: You can’t always sit in the middle of your sofa to watch the big game, especially if you’re hosting a Super Bowl party. The best TV should have wide viewing angles, so the picture remains clear instead of going fuzzy even at a nearly 90 degree angle.
- Compatible size: Bigger does not always equal best. You want to be able see every play clearly, but not make everything so big that even a single pixel looks giant. The ideal screen size should equal the viewing distance from your couch to the entertainment center divided by 2.5.
Choosing your TV
Plasma TVs are usually a better choice for watching sports than other types of TVs. A typical Plasma TV screen manages fast-moving plays with cleaner resolution than a comparable LCD TV screen. Plasma TVs also offer wider viewing angles and tend to cost less.
It is a trade-off though. LCD TVs are generally thinner and lighter than Plasma TVs. They are also brighter and more energy efficient.
Consider these options when making your next purchase:
It does not get much more top of the line than this Samsung model, which offers a wide viewing angle and smooth motion performance. Tons of cool features are included such as a remote control with Qwerty keyboard, Google search function. You can even enjoy 3D viewing without flickers or blurred images. Screen sizes come in 51 inch, 60 inch and 64 inch.
You will love the color accuracy and good image contrast on this Panasonic TV. It only has a maximum resolution of 720p, but that is compatible for streaming and cable content. This model is only available in a 50-inch version.
The biggest advantage of this Sony model is that it offers a fluid picture to capture fast-moving action in a football or basketball game. It uses backlight in the Motionflow XR 480 feature to make the 240Hz panel process images faster. Sports look crisp and clear with these features.