Now that prices for Blu-ray players are becoming reasonable, and HD programming is becoming more and more widespread, it makes more sense than ever to get a large high definition TV set. If you do decide that now is the time to make this investment, you might as well spend a little more to get some decent speakers, and mount your TV on the wall for a home theater experience.
Your TV should be at least 48″ wide, and plasma rather than LCD. With their richer blacks, the image they produce is closer to what you see in a movie theater. In addition, the image quality is not degraded nearly as much as with an LCD when they are viewed from an angle, which is important if you are going to gather a big group together to watch a movie or a football game.
There is no need to buy a plasma TV wall mount bracket made by the manufacturer of your TV. You can get a good one for considerably less money from a company such as Peerless. Get one that tilts if you will be installing the TV fairly high on the wall.
Installing your plasma wall bracket is quite a simple process. The main thing you need to be sure to do is find the studs in your wall, using an inexpensive stud finder you can buy at a store like Home Depot. Mark where you will put in the screws on these studs, and use a level so your TV will not be at a slant. Drilling the holes and screwing in the screws is easy. The only difficult part will be lifting the TV on to the wall; have at least one other person help with that. You can also hide the wires behind a cable cover, or even inside your wall, but that is more complicated.