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One of the most important question in the minds of all new TV buyers is "which is the best brand of TV to buy?". Our short answer to this is that you will be absolutely safe with any of the well known old established TV brands like LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, etc.

All these brands not only make very good TVs but they are very particular that their customers get the best of after sales service. Even if the local dealer may drag his feet regarding service, if you contact any of theses superior TV manufacturers directly, they will make sure that you get the best service.

Which country makes the best TV sets?

The most reputed TV brands like LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony have factories all over the world and their TV could be made in countries like China, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam etc. The big international TV makers have huge factories in many countries, but what is unique about their worldwide operations is that all their factories worldwide follow strict quality controls set by the parent company. No compromise is made on the quality of the TV sets, whether the TV is made or assembled in countries like China or India or Vietnam or Mexico. The advantage for these big TV making companies is that they can chose where to produce depending on which country offers them the cheapest costs mainly in labor. Other factors like Customs Duties, cost and reliability of power supply, cost of land and rental costs, etc. are also considered.

The most important part of a TV is the flat screen TV panel, and these are made in the factories of the large TV manufacturers in Korea and Japan mainly. The flat screen TV panels are made in very large factories with almost 100% automation, using robotic tools and having the very minimum manual labor. These panels are then packed in bulk, like say 1000 pieces on a pallet and shipped to the assembling countries like China, India, Mexico, etc. where the major TV manufacturers have their own assembling factories using local labor but under very strict quality control. Thus the quality of TV does not depend on country of manufacture of TV. TVs from leading manufacturers will always be of the best quality irrespective of the country of manufacture.

What country are most TVs made in?

Most will answer China or Korea or Japan, but it is not correct. The country that makes the most TVs in the world is Mexico!

The reason for this is that Mexico is right next to the USA, the world's largest market for TVs and Mexico has a free trade agreement (FTA) with USA. This means that any TV imported into USA from Mexico does not have any Customs duty due to the FTA (Free Trade Agreement) between Mexico and USA. Most TV manufacturers work on thin profits and the customs duty of about 5 to 10% levied by US Customs can be a deal breaker. So many of the leading TV manufacturers import the bare TV flat screens and chips in bulk into Mexico without any, or the bare minimum of customs duty, because Mexico encourages manufacturing in their country. They then assemble these TVs in Mexico using cheap Mexican labor and export the finished TV to USA with no Customs fees, taking advantage of the FTA agreement with the US. The advantages of making in Mexico are that labor cost in Mexico is cheap and Mexico being right next to the USA, transportation costs of the finished TV, in their bulky protective packages are also cheap. Mexico also has a large plastic molding industry making the cabinets for TVs; in fact Mexico is the largest country in the world producing TV cabinets.

Which LED TV is better Sony or Samsung or LG

Korean TV manufacturers Samsung and LG are now considered the world leaders in TV making and have overtaken their Japanese rivals Sony, Panasonic and Sharp. Samsung Electronics is now considered the largest consumer electronics company in the world, and is reported to be selling one out of every five televisions being sold in the world.

LG in Korea is also very big in TV making and has a significant share of world market in TVs. The answer to the question 'who makes better TV - Samsung or Sony or LG?' is that all Samsung, Sony and LG TVs are very good and since they make so many models, some models of TV from Samsung are better than LG or Sony and some TVs from LG or Sony are better than Samsung TVs. It all depends on what type of TVs we are talking about. May be Samsung makes better 4K Ultra HD TV and Curved TVs, but LG makes better 3D TVs and the picture quality of Sony TV is the best of the lot. The important thing to understand here is that to judge which TV is better has to be done in sophisticated laboratories using advanced instruments. The quality of these high end TVs cannot be judged by humans with naked eyes. So do not worry about which is the best brand, buy form any one of the leading brands depending on price and the TV that suits you and you can be assured of getting a good reliable TV

History of TV Brands

Here below we have a short history of leading TV companies of the world. Links are provided to their dedicated pages:

History of LG TV company

LG TVs are made by LG Electronics Company from South Korea. LG Electronics is one of the top 5 manufacturers in the world of TVs and Mobile Phones. The original name of the company was 'GoldStar' and was founded in 1958 as a producer of radios, TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners. LG came to be when 'GoldStar' and another Korean Company 'Lucky' were merged in 1995, LG is the initials of the combined Company 'Lucky Goldstar'.

Visit LG TV website homepage for a complete History of LG Company.

To understand the LG model Numbering system please visit our dedicated page on the LG TV Model Numbering System

History of Panasonic TV company

Panasonic is a brand name of 'Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd' founded in 1918 by Mr. Konosuke Matsushita. Before the brand 'Panasonic' came into existance, Matsusita was using well known brand names 'National', 'Technics', etc. In 2003 the company decided to unify all brands under one name "Panasonic" with the slogan, "Panasonic ideas for life". Panasonic is one of the worlds top 5 electronics company and has many firsts to its credit. Panasonic sells its TVs under the brand name Panasonic Viera TVs.

See History of Panasonic Company from the Panasonic TV website.

To understand the Panasonic Viera Model Numbering System please visit our dedicated page on the Panasonic Viera Models.

History of Philips TV company

Philips is a Company which was started in Holland or Netherlands in the year 1891. Its official name is 'Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.’ which translates to 'Royal Philips Electronics' and is commonly known as just 'Philips'. Philips is one of the top 5 electronic manufacturing company in the world. It has many inventions to its name.

Click this link to visit the History of Philips Company from Philips TV website.

To understand the Philips Model Numbering System please visit our dedicated page Philips TV Model Numbers explained

History of Samsung TV company

Samsung TVs are made by Samsung Electronics which is considered the largest corparation in South Korea. Samsung was founded in 1969 and is one of the top 5 electronic manufacturing Companies in the world.

Click here to see a history of Samsung Company from Samsung TV website homepage

To understand the Samsung TV Model Numbering system please visit our dedicated page on the Samsung TV Model Numbering System

History of Sharp TV company

Sharp TVs are made by Sharp Corporation, a Japanese multinational Electronics manufacturing Company. The company was founded in September 1912. In 1964 Sharp developed the world's first transistor calculator and in 1973 made the world’s first LCD calculator.

Sharp is still a world leader in LCD technology. Sharp also made the world's first commercial camera phone.

Go to this page to see full history of Sharp Company from Sharp TV website.

Please visit the dedicated page regarding the Sharp TV Model Numbering System

History of Sony TV company

Sony Corporation commonly known as just 'Sony', is a Japanese multinational Company established in Japan in 1946 by Mr. Akio Morita and Mr. Masaru Ibuka. Sony is one of the top 5 electronics manufacturers in the world. Sony has many innovations in the entertainment industry to its credit.

To view Sony's achievements visit history of Sony Company from the Sony TV website.

To understand the Sony TV Model Numbering system, please visit our dedicated page on Sony TV Model Numbering System

History of Toshiba TV company

Toshiba Corporation is a Japanese multinational headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. They are one of the top six producers of TVs in the world. To know more about History of Toshiba Company visit this page from Toshiba TV website.

Vizio TV Company history

Vizio is a US electronics manufacturer and offers the most economical HD TVs in USA. Vizio has a short history with its formation in 2002 and founded by Mr. William Wang. Some of Vizio's TV models series are EcoHD, E, M and XVT. To see the history of Vizio TV Company please visit the Vizio TV website.

Understanding TV model numbers

It is easy to understand the TV model numbering system of most TV Manufacturers once you get the hang of the logic behind their TV model numbering system. We explain what the TV Model Numbers mean from LG, Panasonic Viera, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba. There are individual pages for each of these manufacturers where we will help you to make sense of their TV Model Numbers.

The clickable links below will take you to the dedicated page which explains the logic behind TV Model numbering system of TV manufacturers.

Buying TV online

These days buying a TV on line makes more sense, because of the many advantages. You get to buy the TV without much hassle online and the courier Company delivers to your door. If you want installation, it can usually be ordered online at the time of purchase, most of the time included in the price or there may be a very small extra charge. The price of TVs online from Amazon will be cheaper than what is available in your local stores. Service and Warranty are as good as or even better than if you bought it at a local store. The best part is that in case you are not satisfied with the TV, you can return it and get full refund and Amazon will arrange for the courier to pick up the returned item from you.

Links to buy TV online from Amazon

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