I've never bought a television before, so I'm all very new to this. Basically Christmas of 2010, my Dad bought me an LG flatscreen from BJ's with 1080p and all sorts of features in it. We plugged the television in and even with the HD cable box and HDMI cable, the picture was god awful. You couldn't even read the words on screen. My old televivison has a clearer picture. It was pathetic. So we returned it, and now I'm searching for a new television. I'm looking for something that will have a great picture, 1080p, look beautiful when playing games or movies. decent refresh rate, lcd or led edgelit. I also saw this article yesterday: The 10 Best TVs Under $1,000 - Yahoo! Shopping ^How good are the televisions listed in that article?