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If you bought a TV a decade ago, or even five years ago, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you need another device plugged in to get the utmost enjoyment out of it. While that's still true if you want to watch 4k Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, any new TV that you buy will be able to beam your Netflix or YouTube or on-demand video streaming service directly to your TV -- no extra gadgets required. Here's how 2016's latest and greatest TVs can make your TV- and movie-watching experience more seamless than ever.

When you plug your Blu-ray player, games console or media streaming box into a shiny new Full HD or Ultra HD LCD or OLED television, there's a lot that goes on behind the scenes to display an image correctly and at the highest quality possible. All TVs might seem (very roughly) equal when you see them in the store, but there's a lot of different aspects -- 4K, LED, HDR and more -- that you need to learn before you pick a new screen to buy. Here's our quick guide to all the important tech inside your TV.

If you're buying a TV this year -- and it's a good year to buy a TV -- then you have only a few choices to make before you've picked out a great screen. As well as working out whether you want 4K or HDR, and what screen size you're after in the first place, and what inbuilt smart features you want, your main choice is what TV backlighting technology you want your new big-screen telly to use. We're here to tell you the difference between edge-lit and back-lit LED, LCD and OLED, quantum dot and local dimming, and more.