TV prices are lower than ever especially from companies like TCL and Vizio, which specialize in low-cost, high-tech smart TVs.
The vast majority of televisions available today are “smart” TVs, with internet connections, ad placement, and streaming services built in.
There’s a simple reason that smart TV prices are so low: some TV makers collect user data and sell it to third-parties, which can offset the cost.
If you want a 65-inch 4K smart TV with HDR capability, one can be purchased for below $500 a surprisingly low price for such a massive piece of technology, nonetheless one that’s likely to live in your home for years before you upgrade.
But that low price comes with a caveat most people don’t realize: Some manufacturers collect data about users, then sell that data to third-parties. That data can include what type of shows you watch, which ads you watch, your approximate location, and more.
It’s those additional forms of revenue that helps make the large, beautiful smart TVs from companies like Vizio and TCL so affordable.