It is time for us to buy a new TV. The old one works, but is 13+ yrs old and doesn't have all the features, bells and buzzers like the newest generations of TV's. We only have the TV hooked up during college football season, so whatever we get will see light duty for 3-4 months, then be dark for the rest of the year. Video games are not part of the equation for us, assuming people still play them on TV's.
General specs would be that it be in the 45-50" size range. I am looking at a Sam's Club catalog which shows a Samsung 48" 1080p Smart TV for $348. There's a couple of Vizio's "Class 4k UHD Smart Cast" TV's, and the 50" is $448.
So the question is: Given the specs and usage, what do you recommend for TV's and features in that size range? What is the most bang for the buck and the 'must have' specs?
Thank you in advance,
EDIT: I want to thank the folks that have responded. This is exactly the content/discussio I was hoping for. Very helpful on all fronts.