Sorting through the latest television technology

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FILE - This undated publicity image provided by Sony shows an ultra-HD 4K TV set. High-definition TVs roughly quadrupled the resolution of the sets that came before them. Now, the industry is poised to do it again as Sony says its U.S. stores will, by December 2012, sell a TV set with four times the resolution of today's best HDTVs. The new, restored and rebooted films from Sony Pictures are among the content coming pre-loaded on a video player bundled with Sony's first ultra-high-definition television, a massive 84-inch set that retails for $24,999.99 and features nearly four times the resolution of typical high-definition TVs. (AP Photo/Sony, File)

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - When you're shopping for a television, the choices can seem overwhelming.

Consumer Reports' TV experts say it's only going to get more confusing. They've tested the latest TV technologies, the O-LED and Ultra-HD screens and say these first sets, while very pricey, have a lot to offer.

Ultra-HD is a higher-resolution L-C-D set. That means you can get huge screens, like this 84-inch one Consumer Reports' testers checked out. You also get a beautiful picture with lots of detail. But Ultra-HD sets start at four thousand dollars for a decent one - and there's another drawback.

"The problem with Ultra HD is that it needs a whole ecosystem of high definition content that's ultra high definition, sometimes called 4K. And that really doesn't exist right now, so you have a TV with a high resolution and not a lot of content to feed," Jim Wilcox of Consumer Reports said.

O-LED is another impressive new technology. The black levels on this O-LED set are the best testers have ever seen. The brightness levels are also great, but prices are still high. O-LED sets start at about nine thousand dollars.

"We feel that over the course of four or five years it will become a more mainstream product," Jim Wilcox of Consumer Reports said.

Meanwhile, Consumer Reports says plasma TVs continue to improve. For example, Consumer Reports recommends this 55-inch Panasonic plasma. You'll get excellent picture quality for about $1,400. If your TV is in a room that gets a lot of light, an L-C-D television might be the best choice. Consumer Reports recommends the 55-inch LG 55GA7900.

You'll get an excellent picture, very good sound, and a wide viewing angle for $1,500.