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Super Bowl Sunday means it's new TV time, but which one?

(NBC) - With the big weekend of football coming up soon for Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers fans, a lot of people are thinking that old TV set is in need of a tune up, or at least a size up.

It's also a big week for retailers who sell big screen televisions.

Cnet.com TV guru David Katzmeier says just like car dealers, retailers and set manufacturers are looking to clear out last year's models for this year's.

"This is desperation time for these manufacturers," Katzmeier said.

According to a survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, at least 4.5 million people are expected to buy TVs this week specifically to watch the Super Bowl.

That's nearly a million more than last year.

"In a best case scenario, you want to get a pretty big screen to watch sports and that means 50 inches or larger if you can do it," Katzmeier said.

Once you've settled on size there's the eternal question: Plasma or LCD?

"Plasma actually does handle motion a little bit better. Fast motion especially. So, you will see a little less blurring with plasma in sports," Katzmaier said.

The trade off is plasmas use more energy.

If you decide to go the LCD route, pay attention to what's called the refresh rate. The higher, the better.

Even the sharpest action can be ruined if there's glare on the screen.

"Some of these screens are glossy and have a lot of reflection. We recommend a matte screen or a more flat reflective surface," Katzmaier said.

Finally, even though there's no 3D for the Super Bowl, Katzmeier says many of the 3D sets will give you among the industry's best 2D pictures.

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