Black Friday deals are here. How big should you go for that TV?

Nov 27, 2019, 3:27 PM

This is an editorial piece. An editorial, like a news article, is based on fact but also shares opinions. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and are not associated with our newsroom. 

“How big should I go?” It’s the first question for all new TV buyers and with Black Friday on the horizon, the deals are massive and plentiful.

My first big screen was 40 inches. The year was 1994 and I thought the heavens had opened up and poured their love directly onto my head.

Today, I won’t even reach for the remote for anything under 60”.

The Black Friday TV deals matrix

I knew there had to be a matrix. A simple computation from the TV nerds that would tell me the proper TV size to optimize my viewing experience. I’ve done the research. I’ve scoured many sites. This is where I land.

It all depends on where you’re sitting. The closer you sit to the TV, the smaller the TV, and vice-versa.

Here’s the key and what you need to remember; 2-to-1 ratio. That’s the rule of thumb. The inches from the TV should be double the size of the TV; a 60 inch TV is 120 inches away (10 feet); a 75 inch TV is 150 inches away (12.5 feet).

Should I pay for 4K?

If you’re set on a 4K TV, it’s a 1.5-to-1 ratio. 4K TVs let you sit closer without compromising quality. You’re not going to see the individual pixels with a 4K TV, therefore you can sit closer.

Here’s a word of warning for all you would-be 4K TV purchasers — do you really want 4K?

4K TVs are the future, no doubt, but 4K TVs are worthless unless you check these three boxes:

  1. 4K content. There’s not a lot of 4K content out there right now. Some new and original programming from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime is being produced in 4K, but anything more than a couple of years old is just not 4K. If your viewing habits are endless reruns of “Friends” on Netflix, then it’s not produced in 4K—and 4K doesn’t matter.
  2. 4K receiver. You need to be able to receive that 4K content via a 4K Apple TV, 4K Roku, 4K satellite receiver, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, etc. If your receiver doesn’t receive 4K, then 4K doesn’t matter.
  3. 4K TV. If you check the first two boxes—then 4K matters.

Where are the deals? I got you.

There’s no shortage of incredible TV deals out there. Let me dazzle you with the ever plummeting prices of TVs.

In 2007, according to an article by CNET, you could purchase a 50-inch Pioneer Elite Kuro TV for $7,000 dollars — in today’s bucks. That’s paying $6.60 per square inch of viewing pleasure.

I found a Black Friday sale for a Samsung 75 inch, 4K, Smart TV for $750. That’s $0.30 per square inch.

So again, I ask the question, “How big should I go?”

It depends — but you can afford to go big!

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

Listen on Google Play Music

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Follow @amandadickson...
Amanda Dickson

Time Out on the Field

One of my first jobs when I started at KSL in 1990 was running the board for BYU games, football and basketball.
11 hours ago
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi "had a direct and honest ...
Jennifer Hansler, CNN

Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister have ‘direct and honest exchange’ on Taiwan

Leaders from the United States and China have honest and direct exchange about Taiwan.
11 hours ago
Nancy Galarza looks at the damage that Hurricane Fiona inflicted on her community, which remained c...
Aya Elamroussi, Theresa Waldrop and Christina Maxouris, CNN

Hurricane Fiona likely to be ‘extreme weather event’ as it barrels toward eastern Canada, forecasters warn

Hurricane Fiona has weakened to Category 3 and will likely be extreme weather event as it approaches Canada.
11 hours ago
Utah Republicans are looking to ban transgender surgeries and other hormone-based care....
Mark Jones

Utah to receive additional $4.9 million from FEMA in response to COVID-19

FEMA has announced Utah will receive an additional $4.9 million to help with the housing costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1 day ago
Bluff Street Pedestrian tunnel...
Mark Jones

New Bluff Street Pedestrian Tunnel opens in St. George

State and local readers took part in the opening of a new pedestrian tunnel Friday in St. George.
1 day ago
motorhome crash...
Mark Jones

Motorhome crash in Box Elder County claims the life of one person

A motorhome crash Friday afternoon in Box Elder County claimed the life of the driver.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Black Friday deals are here. How big should you go for that TV?