Is a TV Protection Plan Actually Worth It?

Yes — purchasing a TV protection plan is worth it. Not only will a TV protection plan give you total peace of mind, but it will also save you a lot of money when the TV breaks. With Upsie’s TV protection plan, there is no service fee or deductible. In other words, after purchasing the TV protection plan, you won’t have to pay a dime for repairs or replacements. Sounds like a good deal, right? That’s because it is! Keep reading to learn more about TV protection plans.

What Does a TV Protection Plan Cover?

A TV protection plan covers everything that the original manufacturer warranty covers and more, like accidents. The original manufacturer warranty information can be found on a pamphlet in your TV box. For those of you that already threw the box away, that’s not very helpful, is it? While we cannot guarantee what your TV manufacturer covers, they typically cover the same things. Coverage includes mechanical failure, power failure, screen failure, speaker/sound failure, button failure, and wifi failure.
TV manufacturer warranties do NOT cover accidental damage. Accidental damage is exactly what it sounds like: protection from accidents. This means that, if your gaming controller flies out of your hands and breaks the TV screen or your kid runs through the house and knocks it off the stand, you’re out of luck, unless you have an Upsie Protection Plan with accident coverage.

Should You Buy an Protection Plan for a TV?

Yes! With an Upsie protection plan, one of the representatives will locate an approved repair shop and help schedule a technician to come to your house. This takes the hassle of scheduling completely out of your hands. The Upsie protection plan also covers you well after your original manufacturer warranty has expired, which can save you as much as $350 to fix a flat-screen TV repair. And let's not forget about the accident coverage...
There are multiple things to consider when deciding whether to purchase TV protection plans. First, if your TV breaks, can you afford to repair it or purchase a completely new one out of pocket? Second, do you want to save money when your TV breaks? It’s true that your TV may never malfunction or break. However, that’s a big risk to take. Third, how easy do you want the TV repair process to be? Whether you decide to purchase TV protection plan or not, make sure you go through your pros and cons to make the most informed decision possible.
In addition, you’ll have several options when purchasing a protection plan. However, some options only offer overpriced plans with inconvenient terms. Thankfully, with Upsie, you have access to hassle-free protection plans that save you money and offer up to two claims each rolling 12 months.



With an Upsie Protection Plan Without an Upsie Protection Plan
Extend TV’s Life Additional Cost for Overpriced Protection Plan
Save Money Must Save TV Receipt
Hassle-Free Claims Long Claims Process
Peace of Mind Limited Claims

How Long are TVs Usually Covered Under a Manufacturer Warranty?

TV manufacturer warranties typically last one year. Check out this table outlining popular TV manufacturers and their manufacturer warranty terms.


Manufacturer Warranty Term Deductible Coverage
Sony 1-Year $0 Product issues caused by defects in material or workmanship
Samsung 1-Year $0 Manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship
Vizio 1-Year $0 Manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship
LG 1-Year $0 Manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship
TCL 1-Year $0 Manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship


Can You Buy a Protection Plan After the TV Purchase?

Yes! Upsie allows you to purchase your TV protection plan for up to 4 YEARS after the purchase date. We recommend getting your warranty earlier for a couple reasons, but understand once you have felt the pain of a repair cost, you may want to add a protection plan later. The long window to add a protection plan is also great when you get a TV as a hand-me-down or a gift without a receipt. We do recommend getting a protection plan at the start though as getting it earlier ensures that you will not forget to buy it later. You also still have your receipt conveniently on hand after purchase, so you can upload it to Upsie to waive the standard 90 day waiting period to make your first claim. Also, getting the warranty right away ensures that it’s protected before it malfunctions or breaks. If only eight months have passed and your TV breaks, you cannot purchase the warranty to get it repaired. The TV has to be in working order when the warranty is purchased.

How Much Should an Protection Plan Cost?

Store TV protection plans are some of the most overpriced in the industry! That’s why Upsie television protection plans cost so much less — just $3.99/mo — they do not over-inflate their margins like retailers do. In fact, Upsie’s warranties cost significantly less than warranties from competitors.
Protection Plan terms can also be hazy with our competition. As we discussed earlier, TVs come with a manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty typically lasts one year. So, if your TV breaks in that time, you would go to the manufacturer for repair, not to the protection plan company. Upsie will cover repairs that the manufacturer denies in the first year, as long as it is covered under their warranty terms.

How Does Using a TV Protection Plan Work?

Using a TV protection plan is easy if you have Upsie. With Upsie, after protection plan, just provide us a few details for your device to activate your plan. This way, when you make a claim, they already have all of the TV information that is needed.
Claims with Upsie can be started 24/7/365 on our website and are easy to get started. With TV protection plans, there are no deductibles or hidden fees. Ever. The Upsie service representatives will ask you a few questions and help arrange for a repair technician to come to your house for larger TVs. If the repair is not feasible on the first claim, Upsie will look for a replacement for the TV. In the event that a comparable replacement cannot be located, Upsie will then reimburse you so you are able to find a replacement of your choice.
If you decide to purchase the protection plan through a company than Upsie, the process may look a bit different. You will have to call their claims center and give them your TV receipt information. Make sure you hold onto it and put it in an easily accessible place! If you no longer have the receipt, you can contact the retail store to see if they can send you a copy. If not, you will not be able to get your TV repaired under their protection plan.
Because Upsie’s repair process is so much easier, it makes sense to cover your TV with an Upsie protection plan!

Is it Worth it to Repair a TV?

A TV repair is absolutely worth it! After a repair, a TV can remain in perfect working order for years. A repair also costs a whole lot less than buying a new TV. For example, getting a TV repaired that is under a protection plan with Upsie costs nothing; it is only the price of the plan that you paid for upfront. Paying for a repair out of pocket can cost $260. Both options cost significantly less than paying for another $900 TV.
Additionally, repairing rather than replacing your TV is an incredibly environmentally friendly decision. Electronic waste is a huge problem in the world. According to Statistica, electronic waste is growing by 1.8 million metric tons per year. And, unfortunately, “according to the EPA, only 12.5% of global E-waste is recycled.” Repairing a device is the best way to help reduce electronic waste. If you do decide to replace your device rather than repair it, make sure to recycle it responsibly. Some retail stores such as Staples and Best Buy offer electronics recycling programs to help reduce the environmental impact of replacing electronic devices.

Will the Protection Plan Cover TV Replacement?

Upsie’s TV Protection Plans cover replacements if the TV is not able to be repaired. This will be determined by the repair technician that examines your TV.

Are TV Protection Plans Really Worth it?

In summary, TV protection plans are worth it for most people. If you want to save money or time on a repair, or if you cannot afford to replace your TV, an protection plan is for you. Protection plans become even more valuable if purchased from Upsie. Upsie offers competitive prices and excellent customer service.
If you purchased your TV in the last 4 years, you still have time to get a protection plan from Upsie. You also have time to switch to Upsie if you purchased a plan from another company. On the other hand, if you want to take a gamble and leave your TV unprotected, that is up to you.
Make the smart choice and protect your TV with an Upsie protection plan.

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