Sony vs. Samsung: Whose TV belongs in your living room? | Digital Trends

Sony vs. Samsung: Whose TV belongs in your living room? | Digital Trends

For years now, Sony and Samsung have been two of the fiercest competitors in the world of TVs. Each manufacturer prioritizes all the integral elements that go into a world-class display, including resolution, backlighting, picture upscaling, and the smart TV experience. Both brands also produce TVs in many different sizes, ranging from 32-inch sets that are great for bedrooms to monolithic 85-inch-plus models that might be a squeeze for even the biggest living rooms.

Sony and Samsung TVs have a lot in common, but there are also a few key areas where these TV titans differ. This is why we’ve compared both brands to help you decide which is best for you.

Design

Samsung S95C Zeke Jones / Digital Trends

Both Sony and Samsung make some of the best-looking TVs, even before you start considering picture quality. Whether you’re going tabletop or wall-mounted, razor-thin bezels and incredibly small depth measurements are shared between Sony and Samsung — although the latter goes a bit more gung-ho in that regard.

Take the Samsung S95C OLED, for example: As the company’s flagship model, the S95C is part of Samsung’s Infinity One Design, eliminating the perimeter bezel around the screen for an enhanced, distraction-free viewing experience. And without the stand, the 65-inch version of this TV is only 0.4 inches from front to back! You won’t find any HDMI ports on the S95C either because they’re all housed in the separate slim One Connect Box.

Sony TVs are pretty thin, too, though. The flagship 65-inch XR A95L QD-OLED is only 1-3/8 inches without the stand. Razor-thin bezels complement the screen, and unlike the centered S95C stand, the A95L comes with two feet that attach to either side of the set. This allows the bottom of the A95L to be suspended mere centimeters from the top of your TV stand.

An image of a bird on the Sony A95L QD-OLED.
Sony A95L QD-OLED Zeke Jones / Digital Trends

Chassis-wise, Sony and Samsung tend to favor industrial grays and matte-black shell colors. For models without Samsung’s Slim One Connect, you’ll find HDMI ports and other connections on the back and sides of Sony and Samsung sets (depending on the model).

Generally speaking, Sony sets are a bit bulkier than Samsung’s TV lineup. Do keep in mind, though, that as you start looking at mid-range and entry-level models from both brands, bezel size and overall depth tend to increase.

Display

Picture of a bird on a Sony A95L QD-OLED.
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When it comes to resolution, Samsung and Sony’s TVs have got you covered. Both companies produce 4K and 8K models, along with some 1080p and 720p options (mostly smaller sizes). While 4K tends to be the average TV pixel count these days, it doesn’t hurt to invest in an 8K set — although your options for 8K content are still rather limited.

As far as actual panels and lighting goes, Sony and Samsung produce a few different types of sets. On the bottom rung, both brands make traditional LED-LCDs with either edge-lit or full-array backlighting. In the midrange and premium tiers, you’ll find QLEDs, LED-LCDs, QLEDs with mini-LED lighting, and QD-OLEDs.

Sony and Samsung’s more advanced LED and QLED models utilize features like local dimming to control the backlighting of these sets more effectively. This all but eliminates light blooming and haloing during darker scenes while delivering improved contrast levels overall.

Models like the Sony XR X93L and the Samsung QN90C are also some of the brightest TVs on the market, which bodes well for those of us watching movies and shows in brightly-lit rooms.

QD-OLEDs are currently only made by Sony and Samsung, and this newer TV tech is only in its second generation. Combining self-emissive OLED pixels with quantum dots for enhanced colors, bright brights, and pure blacks, models like the Samsung S95C and Sony A95L are some of the best TVs money can buy.

Colors, upscaling, and motion

The Samsung QN90C ron a media stand with white speakers.
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Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor and Sony’s Cognitive Processor XR are the picture engines responsible for frame-by-frame optimization. Whether you’re watching a brand-new Ultra HD movie or old home videos, Samsung and Sony TVs are designed to deliver as much color and detail as possible.

HDR performance is just as integral as a solid picture engine, though. Fortunately, Sony and Samsung TVs are class-leading when it comes to HDR decoding. Both brands support popular formats like HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG. Samsung TVs do have a leg-up when it comes to HDR10+ support, though, as Sony TVs do not.

Sony and Samsung are also terrific at 4K and 8K upscaling. Even if you’re watching an ancient DVD, both brands use AI-driven upscaling tools to make even the grandest lo-fi images look more like Ultra HD.

For the most part, Sony and Samsung refresh rates are capped at 120Hz native, but we’re starting to see models capable of 144Hz (for compatible PC connections). If you’re a big sports fan or you love playing video games, features like Samsung’s Motion Xcelerator add an extra digital boost to that 120Hz baseline.

Certain midrange models and most entry-level Sony and Samsung sets are capped at 60Hz.

Sound quality

There’s no hiding that most TVs aren’t very good at delivering pulse-pounding audio. That being said, Sony and Samsung TVs have some pretty genius sound optimizations.

Both brands support several different audio codecs, including surround virtualization formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Then there’s Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio+, a feature you’ll find on some of the company’s high-end models. With actuators behind the panel, this tech allows compatible Sony TVs to produce sound from the center of the screen. That’s on top of two built-in subwoofers.

If you’re the kind of person who always needs a separate audio system to go with your TV (we get it!), certain Samsung TVs include a feature called Q-Symphony. This allows the TV speakers to work in unison with compatible Samsung soundbars to deliver an immense soundstage for your movies, shows, and games.

Smart TV and user interface

NFL Sunday Ticket on Google TV.
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Behind the scenes (and all the picture and sound processing tools), Sony and Samsung TVs have easy-to-navigate user interfaces and smart TV platforms.

For Sony, the OS of choice is usually Google TV, although you’ll still find a couple of models that use Android TV instead. Over in Samsung Land, the Tizen OS runs the show.

If you spend a lot of time streaming movies and shows from apps like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video, Google TV offers one of the most intuitive Home Screen experiences. By keeping tabs on your viewing habits, Google TV will recommend content to you. You’ll also be able to take advantage of Chromecast for beaming media from your smartphone or tablet to your TV.

Many Google TV-powered Sony have Google Assistant built in too. Not only will you be able to use the digital companion to search for movies and control your smart home equipment, but you can also see live views from your Google Nest security cams on your TV!

Samsung’s Tizen may not deliver movie and show recommendations, but the OS supports an immense app library, screen sharing between compatible devices, and voice assistant support for Samsung’s Bixby, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Additionally, several Sony and Samsung TVs support Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit.

Gaming

A PlayStation 5 connected to a TV, showing the Sony Pictures Core interface.
Sony

Video games are everywhere, so ensuring your TV can handle everything a next-gen console or souped-up gaming PC can throw at it is important. Luckily, Sony and Samsung TVs include a number of gaming optimizations and picture presets.

The HDMI 2.1 standard is one of the best ways to ensure your TV will give you solid gaming performance. Faster refresh rates, less input lag, and better bandwidth are just a few of HDMI 2.1’s laurels, and, luckily, several Sony and Samsung sets include HDMI 2.1 inputs.

Many Samsung TVs include a built-in Game Bar. Think of this as a dashboard for all your gameplay and picture settings, allowing you to adjust features like HDR and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) in a pinch. That’s on top of an automatic Game Mode that is activated whenever you turn on a next-gen console.

With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll also be able to play Xbox games on your Samsung TV, without even having the system connected!

If you’re the proud owner of a PlayStation 5, pairing your console with a Sony TV is one of the best things you’ll ever do. Thanks to features like Auto HDR Tone Mapping, an automatic Game Mode, and PS Remote Play support, your PS5 gameplay will look and feel near-perfect.

You’ll also find other gaming optimizations, such as AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync, supported by both Sony and Samsung TVs.

Remote control

The Samsung SolarCell TV remote.

This category can be difficult to judge based on whether or not you like your TV remotes to have a lot of buttons or very few. Samsung remotes tend to represent the latter.

Most mid- and top-tier Samsung TVs come packaged with a sleek-looking Bluetooth remote that handles all the essentials, including volume controls, channel up/down, power, and a home button that fires up the smart TV menu. If you’re into loading apps up with voice commands, there’s even a built-in mic for doing so.

Certain Samsung TVs now come with SolarCell remotes. When placed in a well-lit environment with the solar panel facing up, the SolarCell re-ups your remote battery. You can also charge SolarCell remotes with a USB-C cable.

While minimalist and comfortable to pick up, one thing we’ve noticed with this lineup of remotes is that the Bluetooth can get a little wonky occasionally, resulting in an “un-paired” remote (especially when the battery level is low). Fortunately, re-pairing is as simple as holding a few buttons down, but we thought we’d mention this little inconvenience.

Sony remotes are certainly more button-packed. On mid- and top-tier models, you’ll find pretty much anything you would expect from a modern TV remote, including numbers, volume controls, a home button for smart TV functions, jump-to-app buttons like Netflix and YouTube, and a mic button for voice commands. Sony remotes also have a more traditional TV remote appearance compared to Samsung’s more futuristic design.

The Sony X900F remote.
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The one minor bummer for both brands: no backlighting. It’s never fun to pick at buttons in the dark, and neither Samsung nor Sony has a button on their remotes for illuminating buttons.

Of course, there’s a battlefield of the best TV brands to choose from, but hopefully, you’ve learned enough about some of the strengths and weaknesses of both Samsung and Sony TVs to make a more informed choice.

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This Samsung 77-inch OLED TV is $1600 off for the Super Bowl | Digital Trends

This Samsung 77-inch OLED TV is $1600 off for the Super Bowl | Digital Trends

Samsung

With the Super Bowl coming up fast, many retailers are continuing to offer fantastic TV deals to entice you into a sweet upgrade just in time to catch the game. One highlight is being able to buy the 77-inch Samsung S89C OLED TV for a huge $1,600 off the regular price at Best Buy. It usually costs $3,600 but it’s currently down to $2,000 for a limited time.

Easily one of the best OLED TV deals around, while it’s still not cheap, the price cut on the Samsung S89C OLED TV makes it a very tempting proposition for anyone keen to invest in a TV that is built to last. From one of the best TV brands, you can’t go wrong. Offering exceptional picture quality and some great features, let’s take a look at why it’s so awesome before you hit that buy button.

Why you should buy the 77-inch Samsung S89C 4K OLED Tizen TV

Football fans — and sports fans in general — will likely love the 77-inch model of the Samsung S89C, as one of the best ways to watch the big game is with a big TV. It’s among the larger TVs on the market, and oftentimes the larger a screen gets the more it sacrifices picture quality. This isn’t the case with the S89C, as it utilizes OLED picture technology. QLED and OLED are at the top of the list when it comes to current picture technologies, so you can be sure you’re getting a high-quality image no matter what you may be watching. It’s ideal for anyone seeking one of the best TVs around.

And when it comes to what you watch on this TV, the experience doesn’t have to begin or end with the Super Bowl. The Samsung S89C is a smart TV powered by Tizen, which gives you easy access to your favorite streaming services. This makes it a great TV to break in with some of the best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Prime, Max, and more. Also among its smarts is 4K upscaling technology, which is powered by a Neural Quantum Processor and which converts everything you watch into beautiful 4K resolution.

While the 77-inch Samsung S89C 4K OLED TV regularly costs $3,600, Best Buy currently has it discounted to one of the most impressive prices we’ve seen. It’s going for just $2,000 with this deal, which amounts to a savings of $1,600. Free delivery is included with a purchase as well.

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Philo is now available on Vizio TVs | Digital Trends

Philo is now available on Vizio TVs | Digital Trends

Philo

Philo, one of a number of live TV streaming services, arrives on Vizio smart TVs starting January 31.

With a $25 monthly subscription fee and access to many cable channels like MTV, Comedy Central, HGTV, and Discovery, Philo has become a go-to option for cord-cutters.

Though far smaller than rival Sling TV (Philo’s last public numbers put it at 800,000 subscribers in 2021 versus Sling’s 2.3 million), it has nonetheless become a good option for folks who want to replace their traditional cable TV subscriptions and don’t mind using an antenna to receive free, over-the-air (OTA) local broadcasts.

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That’s because while Philo has plenty of live streaming channels to choose from, it doesn’t carry any of the major broadcasters (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox) or their local affiliates.

Still, the Vizio TV integration means you can access all of Philo’s features (including the ability to save an unlimited number of shows to watch later), as well as its library of on-demand content.

Each Philo subscription lets you create up to 10 profiles so every member in your family can get customized recommendations and track show progress independently. If you’re not sure if Philo is right for you, the company offers a seven-day free trial before your paid subscription kicks in.

Philo’s addition of the Vizio smart TV platform gives the service an even stronger footing in terms of available supported devices. It already works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Samsung smart TVs — in addition to having web access and apps for Android, iOS, and iPadOS.

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Best Super Bowl 75-inch TV deals – Get a big screen for $530 | Digital Trends

Best Super Bowl 75-inch TV deals – Get a big screen for $530 | Digital Trends

The Super Bowl is right around the corner. If you’re playing host to a Super Bowl party this year or simply want to ensure you have access to the game on a big screen TV, there’s some amazing TV deals taking place right now. Among them are 75-inch TVs, and that’s where we’ve turned our focus for the big game. With a 75-inch TV you’ll have plenty of room to gather around, cheer around, and eat snacks around, and with these 75-inch TV deals you’ll have plenty of opportunity to save as well.

Toshiba 75-inch C350 4K Smart TV — $530, was $800

Toshiba

The Toshiba 75-inch C350 4K Smart TV, like all of the best TVs, produces a stunning 4K picture at four times the resolution of Full HD. It utilizes a high performance 4K engine, Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10, and DTS Virtual X scaling technology to create a highly immersive viewing experience. It also features FireTV, which brings live, over-the-air TV, streaming channels, and your favorite apps together onto your home screen, which makes navigating and exploring content more convenient than ever. Apps such as Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu and Netflix are accessible from within the Toshiba 75-inch C350’s interface, bringing even more convenience to your home theater. Free shipping is included with this deal at Best Buy, as is in-store pickup at your nearest Best Buy where inventory allows.

Samsung 75-inch TU690T 4K Smart TV — $580, was $750

The Samsung TU69OT 4K Smart TV on a media cabinet in a living room.
Samsung

The 75-inch model of the Samsung TU690T 4K TV is a good option if you want to go big with your home theater but stay at a modest price point. It does all of the things you’d expect from a modern TV, including upscale all of your favorite content into 4K with a Crystal Processor 4K. Kicking back with this TV is made easy with things like Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, which give you control of the TV with voice commands. This TV also has a universal guide. This is particularly impressive if you watch your favorite content across multiple streaming services, as it gives you tailored recommendations for streaming and live TV content all in one place.

Hisense 75-inch U7 4K QLED Smart TV — $900, was $1,130

Hisense 2024 U7N mini-LED TV.
Hisense

The Hisense U7 is a QLED TV, which means you’ll be getting one of the best images technologies on the market if decide to place yourself in front of it for the Super Bowl. It also features Hisense’s proprietary ULED 4K technology, which boosts, color, contrast, brightness, and motion. Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos will make sports come alive in your home theater or living room, and a 144Hz refresh rate will keep the image from breaking apart during fast-paced action. The Hisense U7 works with Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free controls of both the TV and other facets of your smart home.

TCL 75-inch Q7 4K QLED Smart TV — $900, was $1,100

TCL Q Class Q7 QLED 4K TV.
TCL

With QLED picture technology being so difficult to beat, another QLED consideration is the TCL Q7. This TV does a great job of implementing QLED, as it also has an ultrawide color gamut. QLED also opens up a range of impressive features for TCL to pack into the TV, including a peak brightness of 1,000 nits and amazing contrast with more than 200 dimming zones. You’ll also find a 120Hz refresh rate on this TV, which makes it great for taking in action movies, sports events, and for getting down with some video games.

Sony 75-inch Bravia XR X90L 4K Smart TV — $1,500, was $2,000

Sony X90L Review
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Sony is almost always one of the best TV brands, and its Bravia XR lineup is one of its most popular. The Sony X90L produces billions of real-world colors for a lifelike viewing experience. It’s also powered by Google TV, which gives you immediate access to more than 700,000 movies and TV episodes, as well as more than 10,000 apps. This is a good TV to consider if you’re already invested in — or if you prefer — the Sony ecosystem, as it pairs well with other Sony devices like soundbars and the Sony PlayStation 5.

Samsung 75-inch The Frame 4K QLED Smart TV — $2,000, was $3,000

Samsung's 65-inch Class 'The Frame' QLED 4K Smart TV displaying a famous oil painting.
Samsung

Samsung’s The Frame TV is always one of the more unique 4K TV options to choose from. It’s subtle and beautiful, yet it keeps image quality at the top of its priorities. This is a good TV option for minimalists, or for anyone incorporating interior design into their home theater. The Frame TV has an Art Mode that displays artwork when you aren’t watching television, the art of which you can curate from your own photos and artwork, or choose from the Art Store, which has more than 1,400 new and classic works of art to choose from. This TV has changeable bezels that attach magnetically, and a single slim cable is all the TV needs.

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Our 5 favorite TV deals in Best Buy’s 3-day sale – From $350 | Digital Trends

Our 5 favorite TV deals in Best Buy’s 3-day sale – From $350 | Digital Trends

Best Buy is one of the biggest retailers in the world, and it’s living up to its name this weekend with a 3-day sale that includes TVs. In it you’ll find some great opportunities to upgrade, expand, or build from scratch your home theater, as some of the best TV brands have models discounted. You can find some massive savings on some of the best TVs from LG, Samsung, and TCL. We’ve scoured the sales bins and pulled out some of our favorite TV deals in Best Buy’s 3-day sale. Reading onward you’ll find our favorite, which start as low as $350 and include savings as high as $450.

Insignia 65-inch F30 Series 4K Smart TV — $350, was $500

Insignia

The Insignia F30 Series is a 4K smart TV that offers impressive affordability, with this 65-inch model offering tremendous value. The F30 presents all of your favorite content in breathtaking 4K resolution, and HDR technology provides a wide range of color details and sharper contrast that make movies more immersive and things like sports more impactful. This TV also offers smart features like Alexa voice control, DTS Studio Sound, and Apple AirPlay. And because the Insignia F30 is a Fire TV, it will give you instant access to over 500,000 streaming movies and TV episodes, and access to thousands of channels and apps.

TCL 65-inch Q5 Series 4K QLED Smart TV — $400, was $600

The TCL Q5 4K QLED TV on a white background.
TCL

TCL has become one of the more popular TV brands on the market because it provides a lot of technology at a decent price point. With the TCL Q5 4K TV you’ll be getting 4K resolution and QLED picture technology, which produces one of the best images you’ll find on a television. Smarts include all of the features of the Google TV smart platform, which includes Chromecast, voice commands, and functionality with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Gamers might want to consider this TV, as it has all kinds of motion enhancement technologies for motion clarity, including Game Accelerator 120.

Samsung 75-inch TU690T 4K Smart TV — 580, was $750

The Samsung TU69OT 4K Smart TV on a media cabinet in a living room.
Samsung

The 75-inch model of the Samsung TU690T 4K TV is a good option if you want to go big with your home theater. It does all of the things you’d expect from a modern 4K TV, including upscale all of your favorite content into 4K with a Crystal Processor 4K. Life with this TV is made easy with things like Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, which give you control of the TV with voice commands. This TV also has a universal guide. This is particularly impressive if you watch your favorite content across multiple streaming services, as it gives you tailored recommendations for streaming and live TV content all in one place.

LG 86-inch UR7800 Series 4K Smart TV — $800, was $1,250

The LG UR7800 Series 4K TV on a white background.
LG

If you’ve got more wall to fill out in your home theater than even a 75-inch TV can handle, check out this 86-inch TV by LG. The 86-inch LG UR7800 has access to a ton of content, including more than 300 LG channels alongside access to your favorite streaming services. It’s also powered by webOS 23, which utilizes AI technology to make searching for content easier than ever. But if you’re buying an 86-inch TV it’s likely for the screen itself, and the LG UR7800 is powered by an A5 AI processor that produces an impressive 4K image with HDR10. It also has a Filmmaker Mode that adds depth and dimension to all of your favorite movies.

LG 65-inch C3 Series 4K OLED Smart TV — $1,700, was $2,100

The LG C3 Series OLED 4K TV in the living room.
LG

LG is one of the more premium names when it comes to TVs, as evidenced with its C3 Series TVs. The lineup offers OLED picture technology, and LG has been the world’s number one OLED brand for 10 straight years. With this 65-inch model you’ll be getting some amazing 4K picture quality. It has an AI processor that’s made exclusively for LG and converts everything you watch into modern 4K resolution. With webOS 23 and LG’s Magic Remote you’ll find yourself searching less and streaming more when it comes to your favorite content. An ultra-slim design makes this a great TV no matter what room you may be considering it for.

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Best 75-inch TV deals: Get a big screen from $500 | Digital Trends

Best 75-inch TV deals: Get a big screen from $500 | Digital Trends

There are a lot of TV deals taking place right now, which makes it a good time to save on upgrading your home theater. But if you’re looking to go big with the experience, there are also quite a few 75-inch TV deals to take advantage of. These include major discounts on 75-inch TVs from the likes of the best TV brands, including LG, TCL, Samsung, Sony, and more. We’ve done the heavy lifting of rounding them all up. All you have to do is kick back, take a look around, and save big on a new 75-inch TV.

Hisense A6 75-inch 4K Google TV — $500, was $580

Hisense

Getting a large 4K TV into your entertainment hub is easy and affordable with the Hisense A6. It not only has a great 4K picture, but it can convert older content into 4K as you watch. It has a 60Hz refresh rate that makes it good for watching fast-paced sports and action movies, as it keeps the image from tearing, lagging, or breaking apart. And because it’s a smart TV, you can break the Hisense A6 in with the best new movies to stream on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Max, and more.

LG UQ70 75-inch 4K webOS TV — $580, was $750

The LG 65-inch UQ70 Series LED 4K smart TV against a white background.
LG

The LG UQ70 is one of the best value 4K TVs available. Like all of the best TVs, it’s capable of producing an immersive 4K image. It has an AI processor that enhances picture and sound quality, and webOS 22 allows you to customizing your viewing experience with separate accounts and personalized recommendations for every member of your family. It has a game dashboard and optimizer that adjusts settings for gamers. It also has access to streaming platforms such as Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, Disney+, HBO Max, and many others is built right into the TV’s software. This makes a great TV for budget-minded shoppers who still want to push their digital content experience into deeper levels of immersion.

Samsung CU7000 75-inch 4K Tizen TV — $650, was $750

The Samsung CU7000 4K TV on a white background.
Samsung

The Samsung CU7000 4K TV delivers amazing 4K picture quality with Crystal UHD technology, and it’s able to upscale older content into the modern 4K resolution as you watch. Its smart capabilities are powered by Tizen. This gives you instant access to many of the most popular streaming platforms. When it comes to compatibility with smart devices, the CU7000 works with Alexa, making it easy to integrate your Alexa-enabled devices and expand your smart home setup. It also works with Google Assistant, which allows you to change channels, adjust volume, and control playback with just your voice, as well as Apple AirPlay 2, which allows you to share content from Apple devices on the TV.

TCL Q6 75-inch 4K QLED Google TV — $798, was $900

TCL 2024 Q6-Pro QLED TV.
TCL

The 75-inch model of the TCL Q6 is another affordable option if you’re really looking to fill out a home theater. The 75-inch screen utilizes QLED picture technology, which produces one of the best 4K images on the market. It has Motion Rate 240, which combines multiple motion enhancement technologies for motion clarity. This may not sound like much, but it keeps the image looking as good as possible during the fast-paced action of things like movies, sports games, and even video games. The interface for this TV is built on Google TV, which provides easy and helpful access to all of your favorite movies, shows, and live TV.

Sony Bravia XR A80L 77-inch 4K OLED Google TV — $2,900, was $3,300

Sony A80L 4K OLED TV.
Sony / Sony

The Sony Bravia A80L is an OLED TV, which means you’re getting some serious picture quality here. It utilizes the Google TV smart platform. This gives you a range of smart features, including hands-free voice controls that allow you to access entertainment, get answers, and control the TV and other smart home devices. Additional smart features include compatibility with Apple AirPlay for streaming pictures, video, or audio directly to the TV from an Apple device. This is also a TV you should consider if you have a PlayStation 5, as it offers extraordinary picture quality and responsive gameplay through features designed exclusively for the Sony PlayStation platforms.

More 75-inch TV deals we love

There are more 75-inch TV deals out there, however, with quite a few of them coming in at less than $1,000. Among them you’ll find brands like Toshiba, LG, Samsung, and Sony, as well as from Roku, which has started packaging its smart TV platform into its own hardware.

  • Toshiba C350 75-inch 4K Fire TV —

  • Insignia F30 75-inch 4K Fire TV —

  • Samsung TU690T 75-inch 4K Tizen TV —

  • Roku 75-inch 4K RokuTV —

  • LG UQ75 75-inch 4K webOS TV —

  • Amazon Fire Omni 75-inch 4K Fire TV —

  • Samsung Q60B 75-inch 4K QLED Smart TV —

  • Sony Bravia XR X90L 75-inch 4K Google TV —

  • TCL QM8 75-inch 4K QLED Google TV —

  • LG B3 77-inch 4K OLED webOS TV —

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Looking for a cheap, massive TV? This 75-inch LG is under $600 | Digital Trends

Looking for a cheap, massive TV? This 75-inch LG is under $600 | Digital Trends

LG

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to treat yourself to a nice gift for surviving the last few weeks. If you’ve been dreaming of upgrading your current television to something brighter and bigger, we have a great deal for you. Right now, the LG 75-inch UQ70 Series TV is on sale at Best Buy for $580 for a limited time. You can save $170 on this smart television that is normally priced at $750 and  get a theater-like experience right in the comfort of your own home. It might just be one of the best 75-inch TV deals at the moment.

Why you should buy the LG 75-inch UQ70 Series TV

This 4K UHD Smart television will take your binge watching to the next level. It is the perfect size for home theaters and family rooms and will give you an unbeatable and immersive experience. Your sound and picture quality will be immediately enhanced with AI from the a5 Gen5 AI Processer 4k, that transforms your regular content into 4K for sharper and clearer definition and detail. This 4k TV buying guide will further explain everything you need to know about this type of resolution.

Movie lovers will appreciate the television’s Filmmaker Mode, which allows you to watch movies with the director’s original colors, settings and frame rates. Plus, the television comes packed with built-in access to your favorite streaming apps as well as instant access to over 300 plus LG channels. Looking to catch the game? As possibly one of the best TVs for sports, you can watch your favorite teams with high color contrast, superior brightness and lifelike images. Sports fans can even set up real-time updates from important matches and games so you’ll never miss a beat or wonder how your team doing.

An LG TV deal is not one to miss. With a savings of $170, you can take your home theater or living room television set up to new heights. Originally priced at $750, you can know get this 4K UHD Smart television for just $580. Don’t wait because you don’t want miss the opportunity to watch endless amounts of television on this brand new TV.

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What is Starz? pricing, apps, and features explained | Digital Trends

What is Starz? pricing, apps, and features explained | Digital Trends

Tired of paying the big bucks for streaming streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, and Max? How about giving Starz a try? Yup, this is the same Starz that offers premium cable content, including movies, shows and original programming. Like the many titans of the video on demand world, Starz also offers mobile, smart TV, and streaming device apps, as well as a web player. It’s also a little cheaper than the bulk of the competition. 

But does Starz have the kind of movies and TV shows you and your family want? And what’s the quality and the cost? Not to worry, friends. Your ever-discerning pals at Digital Trends have put many a streaming service through the wringer, and will do the same with Starz.

What is Starz?

Starz

Like several other premium cable channels that added streaming apps and web players after the fact, Starz joins the ranks of competitors like Max (formerly HBO Max), Showtime, and Epix. The Starz premium cable channel launched in 1994 and quickly became known for its impressive movie catalogue, as well as its original content.

The Starz channel and on-demand programming are available through most cable and satellite providers. Subscribers can also choose between both standard Starz and Starz Encore packages, the latter of which contains some different movies and shows than Starz proper.

Starz can also be purchased as a standalone service that you can access through the Starz mobile and smart TV/streaming device apps. You can also use your TV provider login to use both versions of the Starz app, as well as the web player.

How much is Starz?

If you’re looking to get Starz as a standalone streaming service, you can expect to pay $10 per month or $75 per year for the subscription. New plans often come with at least one week of free service to let you test the ins and outs of the platform, and Starz is currently discounting subscriptions to $3 for the first three months.

That $10 per month (or $75 per year) unlocks the entire Starz streaming experience, which includes up to five user profiles with parental controls, offline downloads, and four simultaneous streams at a time.

Starz just so happens to be a discounted (or totally free) add-on when you sign up and log into the service as part of a streaming or ISP bundle. In fact, right now, Amazon Prime members can add the Starz channel to the Prime Video app for only $2 per month for your first two months. 

It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for Starz deals through your cable provider. In fact, my own family currently enjoys free access to Starz by paying for Optimum’s Premier plan. You’ll just need to sign into the Starz app through your TV service provider when you launch Starz for the first time.

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Movies, shows and original content

Not unlike the rest of the streaming and premium cable landscape, Starz is home to an immense library of movies and TV shows, with several popular series being exclusive to the platform. These include current hit shows like the many Power spin-offs, Outlander, and Run the World. You’ll also be able to watch older Starz original programming, including the original Power series, American Gods, Spartacus, and Party Down. 

Beyond the platform’s exclusives, Starz is also home to over a thousand movies covering all the major genres. A couple of years ago, Lionsgate (the parent company of Starz) and Universal also inked a deal that gives Starz subscribers access to movies from the likes of Universal Pictures, Blumhouse, and Focus Features after an 18-month licensing period to Peacock and Prime Video. 

Using the Starz app

We tested the Starz mobile and streaming device apps using an iPhone 12 and a Roku Streaming Stick 4K.

The Starz mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. You’ll also be able to download the app onto most smart TVs and streaming devices. Conveniently, both the mobile and streaming device versions of the Starz app are essentially the same, with one key difference: offline downloads. You can only download movies and shows for later viewing through the Starz mobile app.

Simple and clean is the name of the game with Starz for both the Starz mobile and streaming device apps. After signing into your account, you’ll land on the home screen, where movies and shows will be sorted into rows of categorized content. Some of these labels include New Releases, Just Added, Trending Now, and Your Playlist, which features movies and shows you’ve saved. 

Selecting the Series and Movies tabs will present even more options for both categories with similar filters. When you choose Browse, you’ll be able to search for content by genre, as well as filters like Trending Now and Just Added. 

When you select More (which presents as a Three lines icon on streaming devices), you’ll be able to see what content you’ve added to your playlist. On mobile, you’ll also be able to see what content you’ve downloaded for offline viewing. You can also choose Settings to adjust playback quality (mobile), view account info, and find support tools.

Whenever you select a movie or show, you’ll be able to read a synopsis, watch a trailer, download the content for offline viewing (mobile), or add it to your playlist. You can also share a link for the film or show by tapping the Share icon in the top-right corner of the screen (mobile).

Using the Starz web player

While Starz doesn’t offer a dedicated desktop app, if you’re stuck with using the platform on a Mac or PC, you’ll be pleased to know that the web version runs just as well and looks just as nice as the mobile and streaming device apps.

In fact, there’s only a couple of differences between the two formats, with the first being that the Starz site pushes all of your content filters and settings into a single dropdown menu. Once you click the Three lines icon, you’ll see Movies, Series, Playlist, Settings, and other categories.

The other difference is the addition of a Schedule tab (if you’re signed into Starz through a TV provider), which lets you see what’s playing on the various Starz TV channels for the entire month. You’ll also be able to click Watch Live to start watching whatever movie or show is currently on. 

Video and audio quality

Unlike other streaming platforms, Starz caps its movie and TV show quality at 1080p, which is a bit of a bummer for those of us rocking 4K TVs. That being said, the picture quality across both the mobile/streaming apps and web player was crisp and clear. It also never took very long to load a stream, with little to no buffering after the first few seconds of playback.

The Starz app also supports traditional stereo sound, as well as Dolby 5.1 for certain movies and shows. Unfortunately, formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X don’t get any love via Starz. 

Compatibility

As mentioned, the Starz mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. The web player version of the platform is accessible through Starz.com. 

As far as smart TVs and streaming devices go, the Starz app is available on most Samsung, Sony, LG, and Vizio smart TVs. You can also download the app for Apple TV, the Nvidia Shield, most Amazon Fire TV devices, and most Roku devices.

The verdict

If you’ve been looking for a new entertainment app that’s loaded with movies, shows, and original content, or you’d like to take advantage of some of your cable plan’s premium channels, you should definitely give Starz a try. 

While it may not offer the same picture and sound quality as competitors like Netflix and Prime Video, Starz is home to a terrific lineup of constantly rotating content, and shows like Power and Outlander are almost worth the price of the subscription alone.

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LG reveals 2024 OLED TVs with AI processors ahead of CES

LG reveals 2024 OLED TVs with AI processors ahead of CES

LG just announced a new lineup of OLED TVs just days before CES 2024 kicks off in Las Vegas next week. The LG Signature OLED M4 and OLED G4 TVs are, surprise, packed with an updated AI processor that offers four times the performance of last year’s models. The Alpha 11 AI processor works to enhance picture and audio quality, offering a 70 percent improvement of visual performance when gaming compared to its predecessor.

The AI chip upscales objects and backgrounds to reduce blur and allegedly analyzes and adjusts colors to “best convey the mood and emotional elements intended by filmmakers.” LG also promises a more “three-dimensional” image, thanks to its proprietary Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro technology that fine-tunes brightness and contrast on the fly. The AI chip also allows for virtual surround sound and even separates vocals from soundtracks to enhance the dialogue.

The resolution remains 4K but the refresh rates have gotten a glow up. Last year’s models capped out at 120Hz, but the M4 and G4 now offer a refresh rate of 144Hz. Obviously, high refresh rates are great for watching action-packed content and for gaming. To that end, each TV offers access to LG’s webOS platform for viewing streaming content and playing games via the cloud.

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The M4 ships with LG’s proprietary Zero Connect Box that streams audio and video wirelessly, eliminating the need for connected cables. The tech provides real-time video and audio transmission up to 4K with a 120Hz refresh rate. This is for people absolutely committed to a clean living room aesthetic.

Each of LG’s new OLED TVs offers support for both NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, which is great for gamers. The panels also come with LG’s Game Optimizer selection screen, allowing users to instantly switch between display presets designed for different gaming genres.

Pricing and availability are both still up in the air. Maybe we’ll get more information at CES 2024 next week. In addition to this reveal, LG also announced an absolutely massive 97-inch M3 OLED display and a 98-inch QNED model.

We’re reporting live from CES 2024 in Las Vegas from January 6-12. Keep up with all the latest news from the show here.

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Roku TV turns 10, celebrates with new Pro Series mini-LED sets | Digital Trends

Roku TV turns 10, celebrates with new Pro Series mini-LED sets | Digital Trends

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Streaming platform Roku today announced a trio of new Roku TVs that it hopes will elevate its standing in the smart TV market, which until now has mostly been in the affordable-but-not-outstanding range.

While technical specs are still sparse on the new 55-, 65-, and 75-inch televisions, we do have the obvious inclusion of 4K resolution and a mini-LED system to control the local dimming zones. This isn’t the first time Roku TVs have featured mini-LED tech — that stretches back to the 8-Series sets from 2019, as part of its partnership with TCL.

In any event, the inclusion of mini-LED means that the TV will have more local dimming zones, and each of those zones is smaller, which gives the entire package more control over which parts of the screen (and thus what you’re watching) are bright, and which parts are dark. That’s a good thing, even if it’s still not quite as great as OLED. But it’s also not as expensive.

“Roku Pro Series’ picture and audio quality, polished design, unique features, and ease-of-use bring the market leadership and innovation that Roku is known for to a TV made for streaming,” Chris Larson, Vice President of Retail Strategy for Roku, said in a press release. “As we hit 10 years of the Roku TV program, we believe this new line of TVs will set a new standard for an elevated streaming experience.”

There is no word yet on the exact pricing or when the new Roku TV Pro Series sets will be available in the U.S., other than sometime this spring and “under $1,500.” So stay tuned for more on that. But note that the Pro Series will live alongside the Roku Select and Roku Plus Series televisions, which will enjoy greater availability in 2024.

And coming to the greater Roku TV lineup — which is celebrating its 10th birthday — is a new feature called Roku Smart Picture, which will automatically adjust the picture mode by determining what kind of content you’re watching. Roku says it’ll identify that through “artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data from content partners.”

The flip side of that, of course, is that it gives Roku — which is more of an advertising company these days than a low-cost hardware company — that much more information about what it is you’re watching on its products. But in any event, Roku says that the Smart Picture feature will ensure “that consumers are getting the best presentation of their favorite content every time.”

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