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  2. Best TV
    1. Runner-up
  3. Budget TV
  4. All Reviews
  5. Q&A
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Best TVs for watching movies - Spring 2017
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Before anything else, watching movies in a dark room require deep and uniform blacks while viewing directly in front of the TV. Some LCD TVs have a local dimming feature that helps, but that's generally reserved for more expensive top of the line models.

Best TV for Watching Movies

The best TVs are expensive, but you can get the best picture available without splurging on the most expensive models.

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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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55" 65"

The LG B6 4k OLED TV is the best TV for watching movies in a dark room. When it comes to a dark room setting, OLED is in a class of its own thanks to their ability to control the brightness of individual pixels. Contrast is effectively infinite since the black pixels are simply shut off.

This leads to blacks that are deep and perfectly uniform. It's hard to realize the difference until you see an LED/LCD TV in a dark room where the blacks will often appear gray. That's not its only advantage too since OLED TVs are the only types of TVs that can produce deep blacks and maintain picture quality at an angle. There are a few more expensive models in the LG OLED line of TVs, but none of them perform better. The only difference is their design and the 3D feature. If that is important to you, look for the LG C6 or E6.

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50" 55" 65" 75"

For a less expensive option, look for the Vizio P Series 2016 LED TV. It won't produce quite as good a picture as OLED, but its excellent full array local dimming feature makes it the best LED TV for this usage. It also does quite well with HDR, and like the LG B6, it supports Dolby Vision.

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Best Budget TV for Watching Movies

In this range, the HDR experience won't be as great. The TVs don't get as bright and don't display as many colors. But for normal movies, they still offer great picture quality.

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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 80"

If you're looking for a TV to use in a home theater, but the high-end selection is out of your budget, look no further than the Vizio M Series 2016 LED TV. It offers most of the performance as the more expensive Vizio P Series 2016 at a lesser price.

For normal streaming or Blu-ray movies, the picture quality between it and the more expensive model is close to indistinguishable. It has a slightly worse local dimming system, but it is still among the best on the market today. The biggest difference between the P and M series is the lack of wide color gamut and higher 10 bits of color depth. This makes the Vizio M series 2016 a little more limited when it comes to HDR, but it will still be the best pick for cinephiles looking to upgrade their home theater system.

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All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch movies for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

A few examples of TVs that didn't make the cut:

  • Samsung KS8000. Very good TV for watching movies, but hard to find nowadays. See our review
  • LG UH8500. Great TV, but not very good for watching movies, especially in the dark. See our review
  • Sony X930E. Excellent LED TV for movies, but more expensive than OLED. See our review

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. 

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I'm curious about whether the new UN48JU6400 is equivalent to the UN48JU6500. Thanks.
No, it's a distinct model. We'll be reviewing it sometime in the next couple of months.
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How long do ya'll suppose the Sony XBR65X930C will be available?
Until the spring, at least. Sony kept some of last year's models around this year, so it's possible the X930C will be around well into next year.
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Before Christmas, you'd recommended the J6200 for my limited budget. I just ordered a 50" set for $499 online and think I got a pretty good deal. I am coming from a plasma so I'm wondering what to set the gamma to in order to best simulate the plasma black levels. Anything else I should be aware of as well? Thanks.
If you want things to be a bit darker without negatively impacting picture, use gamma 2.4. If you don't mind a slight loss in detail, enable 'Dynamic Contrast' to darken the blacks. We don't recommend taking any other steps, though, as the picture quality will degrade too much.
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I am looking for a 40-43 inch HD or 4k tv. LG has released a new 4k tv 43UF6430, for thanksgiving. Hence can you please comment on this new model? I plan to use this TV more for movies and sports than gaming. The other alternative is a Samsung UN40J6200AFXZA. Can you suggest which one would be a better buy here. They are priced on the same lines.
We have the UF6400 in hand and the review is coming soon. Like the UF6800, it is a 'fake' 4k TV in the way that it has missing colored sub-pixels. It also has an IPS panel that produce grayish blacks and low contrast but wide viewing angle. The motion blur isn't that good. The J6200 is a better TV unless you watch it off axis.
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I'm getting three TVs for a new house. Is it worth ensuring they have the same operating system? Or are they all simple enough that switching between them won't be a problem? I'm planning on getting the LG EC9300 for the living room and cheaper TVs for other places. Should I stick with the LGs that use the pointer, open it to any LG with smart OS, or not worry about compatibility at all? I've just come back from Best Buy. They were unable to demonstrate the different systems.
There's no need to worry about the OS. It's more pleasant to use a pointer remote, but you won't have trouble navigating the various kinds of smart platforms. Base your decision more on picture quality than anything else.
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Regarding 24p, What is the difference between 24p and 24p via 60 hz? What type of devices/sources send movies in 24p via 60 hz? Asking related to the Samsung's 6200 and 6300. Thanks.
24p = a 24 hz signal (Blu-ray player, PC outputting 24 hz). 24p via 60 hz means a 24 hz video playing over a 60 hz signal. PCs could send a movie that way, as could some streaming video devices.
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Does Sony have a 55inch in the xbr-930c?
No. Only in 65" size.
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What is light bleed? Thinking about the Sony xbr65x900c but so many reviews bash this tv because of really bad light bleed issues. Help!
It is a screen uniformity problem that is apparent on black/dark scenes. Check out our article on it here.
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