TV Size and Viewing-Distance Calculator
Discover the perfect TV viewing distance or screen size for your home.
Watching your TV from the appropriate distance for its size or choosing a TV based on the size of your viewing area will help you enjoy your television display at its best. Think of it as picking the best seat in a movie theater.
Our calculations are based on recommendations from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE). According to SMPTE, when viewing a TV from an optimal distance, the TV will fill about 30 degrees of your visual field, allowing for minimal head and eye movement to take in the full picture.
We recommend a 00" TV when viewing from that distance.
This recommendation is based on the SMPTE optimal viewing standards for HD televisions. If you get a TV with ultra-high definition (UHD) or another type of super high-definition, you could go a little bigger because higher-definition TVs allow for closer viewing.
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We recommend watching your TV from about 10' away.
This recommendation is based on the SMPTE optimal viewing standards for HD televisions. Keep in mind that TVs with ultra-high definition (UHD) or any other type of super high-definition allow for closer viewing. To find the right distance for your TV, start with the standard recommended distance and slowly move forward as close as you’re comfortable.
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