Anyone who knows me knows my first piece of advice to anyone who buys a new TV is to get it professional calibrated. (I'm sort of biased on that topic!) But that's not what this piece is all about. Here are some practical tips on the first things you should do once you're ready to bring home a brand spanking new display.
Don't Lay it Flat
If you are taking the TV with you, whatever you do, do not lay it flat. If you absolutely have to, make sure that the screen is facing up. Drive slowly and avoid bumpy roads. Don't put anything on top of the screen when it's facing up. (Seems logical enough, but you'd be surprised how many people do this!) And be prepared with the proper transportation. No, your sedan will not fit a 65" TV, and no, don't even think about putting the TV on your roof to bring it home!
Get a Surge Protector
Considering how bad the electrical quality is around the world, get a surge protector. And no, the discount store surge protectors aren't what I mean. Get something reliable from brands like Furman or Tripp-Lite, and buy it from a reputable retailer, integrator, or website. Never try to save a few bucks by going cheap when it comes to a device that uses electrical wiring in the home.
Don't Mount it Above Your Fireplace
A lot of popular TV shows and publications might suggest mounting a TV above your fireplace for a great aesthetic, but I wouldn't recommend it. Heat kills, and kills electronics specifically. If for whatever reason you absolutely have to put your TV above the fireplace, make sure you turn off the fireplace at least 30 minutes prior to watching your TV. And make sure it's being mounted by a professional who knows what he's doing and can ensure both the longevity of the product and the safety of the set-up. Companies like MantelMount make mounts specifically designed for above-fireplace installations. The MM855, for example, which debuted at CEDIA Expo 2018 last October, has a Heat-Sensing Thermocouple mounted near the TV that measures heat from a fireplace, and Auto Temperature Sending Technology that will automatically retract the TV to a fully raised "home" position if it detects an unsafe temperature.
Hide Your Mess
After spending hundreds, potentially thousands, on a new TV, you don't want to see the mess of cables required to connect it to your entertainment system. Use zip ties, Velcro, or any other type of wire management system you can find to make the set-up tidy, and clutter hidden away.
Don't Hang Your TV Without a Professional, Quality Mount
Further to my point above about mounting above a fireplace, really if you plan to mount a TV at all, it's advisable to hire a professional to do it. It will add a small additional cost, but could save you a lot of headache, especially if you aren't particularly handy. Part and parcel with that is to invest in a quality mount. Even if it's just basic hang job, you don't want to leave the job of being responsible for your expensive TV to a cheap mount. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Feed Your TV With Quality "Food"
While streaming can be acceptable for a smaller-sized TV viewed from far away (for example my 55" TV in my bedroom viewed from 12 feet away), you'll want to use 4K Blu-ray discs played through a 4K Blu-ray player to get the best possible quality content for things like movie night.
Calibrate Your Display
OK, this list wouldn't be complete if I didn't add this point. Even if you don't care about the accuracy of your picture, you should still calibrate the display. Running the TV and not calibrating it is akin to running a light bulb at 100% all the time, which would potentially shorten its lifespan by 50%. Guess what? Your TV is also a light source and there are numerous "light bulbs," be it in the form of LED or OLED. You will prolong the life of your TV by having it calibrated. Furthermore, by not exposing your eyes to the blue light emanating from the TV, you can prolong your vision's health, too. Not to mention that you'll save electricity in the process.
Good TVs are not cheap. Don't let your new one die prematurely. Make it live as long as it possibly can - even if that means moving it to a secondary viewing room when you decide you want to upgrade to the latest and greatest model again in a few years! And feast your eyes with the best presentation possible to get the most of our your investment.