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When Do New TV Models Come Out?

Oct 11, 2021

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When do new TV models come out? This is a popular question, especially for those who are looking to shop for a new TV. The answer is not as straightforward as it may seem, but luckily, Acima is here to help you. We've got the lowdown on when new TV models are released and what features to consider when shopping for one. Plus, we've also got some tips on how to prepare to shop for a TV and how Acima’s leasing solutions can help.

What month do new TV models come out?

New TV models generally are released between February and April. When newer models are released, retailers often offer price discounts on older models, making the spring a great period to shop for TVs.

Should I get a TV Now or Wait?

The answer to this will depend on your personal situation, what you are looking for and how quickly you need a TV. It’s also important to consider the market and prices to determine whether you should shop or wait. If you're not in too much of a hurry to shop, then we recommend waiting. However, if you need a TV ASAP, then you might want to go ahead and grab one.

Should I Shop for an Updated TV or Go with an Older Model?

If having the latest and greatest technology is important to you, then shopping for a new-released TV is a good idea. However, if your main concern when shopping for a TV is saving money and not having the latest smart features or other new technology, then going with an older model may be better for you.

Why Should I Have a New TV?

Newer, updated TVs will typically include features that older makes or models may not have. Technology continues to advance the TV industry with the introduction of many new features. Things like screen sharing, Wi-Fi support and apps are just a few of the things that today’s latest TV models can offer.

How to Choose a TV

When shopping for a TV, it's best to go into it with a list of features that are important to you. You may want to consider things like the TV's refresh rate, its screen size and whether or not it has an HDMI input before you go shopping. Remember, no two TVs are created equal. Compare different TV models that have the features on your list to make sure you are getting the TV that will be right for you.

What Features Should I Consider?

It’s important to understand the different features of a TV so you can select one that is best for you. Here are some important features to consider.

Screen size

When looking for a TV, screen size is important, and it is measured in inches diagonally across the screen. Most models range from 32 inches to 65 inches, but some manufacturers offer even larger size models. The larger models may seem nice, but you'll want to make sure the TV can fit in the nook or space where it’ll go in your home.


The resolution of a screen is the number of pixels within a certain space. Basically, the higher the screen’s resolution, the better the image quality. So, if this is important to you when watching movies and TV shows and gaming, opt for a higher screen resolution.

HDMI Connections

If you only have one device that uses an HDMI connection, then you might not need to worry about connectivity when shopping for a new TV. If, however, you have more than one device that requires HDMI connection, make sure that you shop for a TV that can support multiple HDMI connections.


The primary difference between OLED vs. LED TV displays is that OLEDs don't require a backlight. As such, when an OLED TV is on, it produces true black while LED and plasma TVs need to be shaded from outside light sources or else you'll see a grayish tint when there's no other source of illumination in the room.

Smart Capabilities

If you're looking for a TV with smart capabilities, it will be important to shop for a brand or model that is compatible with your internet service provider and home network. Smart capabilities can include things like streaming and web browsing through an app on the TV as well as voice search.

How to Prepare to Shop for a TV

Before you head to the store, it's a good idea to know what you are looking for in your new TV set. Some ways that you can get a sense of what you’re after is by looking up reviews online, reading the specifications of TV models on retailer websites, or even asking friends for their recommendations. It's also a good idea to come with your own list of your favorite features when you go shopping so that you can compare them against what is available.

How can Acima help?

Increase your shopping power by shopping with one of Acima’s many electronics retailers. Our lease-to-own program allows you to get a TV all without credit* and without paying a large amount of cash upfront.

Common Questions About TVs

How long before you should get a new TV?

Typically a television will last between five to 10 years. You also might want to consider getting a new TV if you see that newly released models have features that are appealing to you.

What is the best month to shop for a television set?

Our recommendation for the best time to shop for a TV is on Black Friday. TV prices are at a low point when the holiday season kicks off, and Black Friday is the peak of the discounts on TV prices.

What is the worst time to shop for a TV?

The worst time to shop for a TV is generally when it first comes out. This is when the manufacturers are trying to get rid of old inventory, and they will charge a premium price for their newly released products.

How do you know when your TV is going bad?

Indications that your TV is going bad include degrading picture quality and when it starts taking longer for the TV to turn on. You may also experience other issues that, if not resolved, limit your ability to enjoy your TV.