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Score big with these tips for the Big Game

Pro football’s biggest Sunday of the season is right around the corner, and now is the time to make sure you have everything you need to watch the Big Game.

We talked with Perry, a Best Buy home theater expert in Atlanta, to learn what makes an unforgettable Big Game viewing experience.

“Creating an environment for the Big Game is all about finding ways to bring people together and creating a system people are happy with,” he said. And Best Buy has the tech you need to create that environment.

From screen to sound to snacking, Perry offers these tips.

Where to watch the Big Game

When it comes to home theater, it’s important to start with the environment where you will be watching.

Perry says you should consider lighting, time of day when the game is on and the distance between seating and the screen. These factors play a part in determining whether TV options like OLED, LED, or Mini-LED are the right fit for your space.

OLED TVs, like the LG 65″ C3 Series OLED 4K Smart  TV and Samsung 77” S89C OLED 4K Smart TV offer a higher picture quality because each pixel on the screen can be controlled individually. This is great for all types of spaces.

Another option is a Mini-LED TV, such as this TCL 65″ QM8 Mini-LED QLED 4K Smart Google TV. Mini-LED TVs operate with clusters rather than individual pixels, but they have more precision and control over the brightness of the screen than a traditional LED. This creates a brightness that is ideal for daytime viewing.

Looking to really bring the game to life this year? Make your TV the center of attention with extra-large options like this TCL 98″ S5 S-Class LED 4K Smart TV. These massive screens ensure that no matter where or how you are watching the game, you’ll feel like you are on the field with your favorite team.

Consider wired or wireless

Another key aspect of creating an environment for your home theater is selecting the sound system. To capture every moment of the Big Game, you’ll want audio that amplifies the sound and doesn’t compromise the aesthetics of your space. Soundbars, like the LG Soundbar C with Wireless Subwoofer or Samsung DTS Virtual X Soundbar, provide a simple and effective solution.

“Think about how you want your sound setup to look,” Perry said. “Wired options lend themselves to produce great sound, but soundbars or slimmer speaker options still have high-quality performance and look less cluttered.”

Automation means easy

Automation systems are another way to enhance your home environment and get you right to the action on game days.

Automation means all aspects of your viewing experience can be operated on one device. Whether it’s turning the audio system on or configuring the lighting to match your favorite teams’ colors, automation controls can fit your unique needs.

Voice assistants, such as Amazon Echo Show 5 Smart Display or the Nest Hub Smart Display, can help create a VIP-worthy environment to watch the game by controlling lights, viewing recipes and more.

Cook with convenience

All the fun of the Big Game is even better with a spread of tasty food to munch on. Don’t want to constantly check on timers or risk missing a touchdown? Consider using small appliances — such as air fryers and pressure cookers — as your sous chef. They’re convenient, quick and don’t need much attention.

Pressure cookers like the Instant Pot – 8 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker with Air Fryer help speed up cooking times and make sure your food stays warm throughout the game.

Other viewing favorites like air fryers ensure you have crispy and delicious snacks in under 30 minutes. Air fryers like the Bella Pro Series 8-qt. Digital Air Fryer and the Ninja – Foodi 6-in-1 10-qt. XL 2-Basket Air Fryer do the trick without ever turning on an oven or stovetop.

Check out BestBuy.com to find deals on all the tech you need for the ultimate Big Game viewing experience.