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Best TVs for watching movies - Winter 2017
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These are the TVs we recommend for watching movies at home, in the dark and directly in front. This guide is updated as of early 2017. 2015 models are very scarce by now, so getting them isn't that good of a deal anymore.

Best high-end TVs for watching movies

In this price range, you will get the best home theater experience, including HDR and UHD. 

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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"

OLED is the very best technology for watching movies at home, and the LG B6 is the best of the OLED TVs we’ve reviewed so far.

The blacks are perfectly deep and uniform, there’s very little blur on fast movement, and you also get UHD resolution and the option to display a wider range of colors. Whether you’re looking to watch regular movies or upcoming HDR fare, you’ll be all set. It’s worth noting that there is an even higher end OLED, the LG E6, but the picture quality is the same, besides the added 3D, so it is not worth the premium.

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50" 55" 65" 75"

If you would prefer an LED TV instead, the best LED 4k TV for watching movies in the dark that we tested is the Vizio P Series 2016. It has a full array local dimming backlight, which helps to produce great blacks. It also does a good job at displaying HDR content.

Lower quality content like DVDs look a bit soft on it, so make sure that you have access to high-quality content like Blu-rays to take advantage of this TV.

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49" 55" 60" 65"

If you have a few lights in your room, buy the Samsung KS8000 instead. Its screen finish is better at reducing reflections, giving the impressions of deeper blacks and a picture that pops more. It is also able to display lower resolution content more clearly than the Vizio, which is great if you have a big collection of DVDs or for watching movies over cable.

It has another advantage over the Vizio P: Price. It can be found for much cheaper and for many, The Vizio P is not worth the additional expense. The Samsung KS9000 that we tested is even better, but the difference is minimal and not worth the price difference.

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Best mid-range TVs 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.
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50" 55" 60" 65" 70" 80"

The Vizio M Series 2016 has a picture quality almost as good as the pricier Vizio P Series for movies in the dark. The main difference is it doesn't have the wide color gamut feature, which results in a not as good HDR experience.

For normal streaming or Blu-ray movies, though, the picture quality is excellent, and it can display great blacks.

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Best budget TVs for watching movies

If you don't have a big budget, cheap TVs do a decent job for watching movies. Blacks won't be as dark, and the TV might display a little bit of judder, but if you don't have high expectation, you will be satisfied.

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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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43" 50" 55"

The best budget TV for watching movies is the TCL UP130. It's a basic TV, but its picture quality is quite good thanks to the high contrast. The Roku TV platform is excellent so accessing content is a breeze.

It doesn't get that bright, so it might not be best suited in a well-lit environment. otherwise though, it's tough to go wrong at this price.

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50" 55"

For a more versatile TV that isn't as limited to movies, get the Hisense H8C.

It doesn’t perform as well in a dark room, but it also has less input lag and motion blur than the TCL, making it quite a bit better for usages like sports and video games.

See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think is 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 KS9500. The best LED TV for a mixed usage that we tested, but for the price, the KS8000 is a better deal. See our review
  • Samsung J6300. Good 1080p TV but the price is not competitive anymore, and stocks are scarce. See our review
  • LG UH8500. Great TV, but not very good for watching movies, especially in the dark. See our review
  • Samsung JS9000. Almost out of stock everywhere now, or priced too high. See our review

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here are 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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