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The 4 Best 4k TVs for Watching Sports - Spring 2018
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Best TVs for watching sports

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Different TVs can have a big impact on the quality of your sports watching experience. It needs to be bright, uniform with little dirty screen effect, and handle fast motion well. Some might even prefer TVs with wider viewing angles if they often have friends over that might be watching from the sides. While some manufacturers introduced new models at CES, it's unlikely for them to be available at reasonable prices until much later in the year. So if you want a good TV for the NHL playoffs, there are a lot of good deals currently available.

We've tested 48 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best ones for watching sports to buy in the spring of 2018.

Best TV for Watching Sports: LG B7A

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  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Type : OLED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65"

The best TV for watching sports we've reviewed is the LG B7A OLED TV. It has unparalleled motion handling, great for fast-paced sports. The B7A is often interchangeable with the C7 or C8. All 3 TVs offer similar performance, so buy whichever is cheaper.

OLEDs generally have a very uniform picture with very little dirty screen effect. This is extremely important as the dark spots found on other TVs can be very distracting with large areas of uniform color, like the green of a football field or the white of a hockey rink.

OLEDs also have the widest viewing angle, which is great for having friends over to watch the big game. They aren't the brightest TVs, but they are usually good enough for most rooms. They do have a risk of temporary image retention or burn-in, but most people shouldn't have any issues.

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Best Mid-Range TV for Watching Sports: Sony X900E

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  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
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  • 0.9: Winter 2014
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75"

The best mid-range TV for watching sports is the Sony X900E. It's a bit brighter than the LG B7A but doesn't have a wide viewing angle. It has excellent motion handling and an optional black frame insertion feature, which can help motion appear more fluid.

It also has great low input lag, making it a good choice for gaming. The 2018 replacement X900F has even better input lag and a faster response time, but it is not enough of an improvement to warrant the price difference.

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Best Budget TV for Watching Sports: Sony X720E

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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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IPS
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 43" 49" 55"

The best budget TV for watching sports is the Sony X720E. It is a great budget alternative to the Sony X900E. Its main advantage is the IPS panel, which has a much wider viewing angle, great for game day parties.

It isn't as bright as the X900E and doesn't have a local dimming feature, but the overall sports viewing experience is good.

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Larger Alternative: Sony X690E

Type : LED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 50" 60" 70"

If you're looking for something bigger than the max 55" size of the Sony X720E, the Sony X690E is a good alternative available in sizes up to 70". The X690E also has a great native contrast ratio and better uniformity than the X720E, making it a great choice for sports.

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Notable Mentions

  • Sony X930E. Great choice for watching sports, but doesn't offer much over the Sony X900E for the money. See our review
  • Samsung Q8FN. Great TV for watching sports, but more expensive than the B7 for similar performance See our review
  • Samsung Q7F. Very good TV for watching sports, but the LG B7 performs better for a similar price. See our review
  • TCL P607. Decent TV for watching sports, but not any better than the Sony X720E. See our review
  • LG UJ7700. Good TV for sports watching, but not much better than the Sony X720E for twice as much money. See our review
  • Samsung MU8000. Good TV overall, but the Sony X900E is worth the slight price bump. See our review
  • Sony A1E. Excellent TV for watching sports, but the LG B7 performs the same for cheaper. See our review
  • LG C7. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the cheaper B7. See our review
  • LC C8. Great OLED TV, but the LG B7A is a better pick for the price. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch sports 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).

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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What's the best option for 50" around $1,000 that's best for sports, games, and movies.
The best option is the Samsung UN50J6300. It has good contrast and uniformity, minimal motion blur, and average input lag, so everything will look good and play well.
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Looking to spend about $2,000. Main sports watched are football & basketball. Plan to get SONOS for sound, and I just want the best picture quality, mainly for sports. Looking for a 60" - 65", as I will be generally about 10-12 feet away from screen. I have always heard good things about Sony in the past, but I hear good things about Vizio now, too.
Either brand would make a good choice. The Sony X850C has less blur and is better for watching TV (including sports), but it's much more expensive than the best Vizio option, the M-series, and we don't expect the M's blur to be an issue with sports.
Given that the 65" X850C is over your budget, the M-series is the better choice.
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Vizio M70-C3 for sports? Looking for a TV in the 70-75" range, and the main focus is sports. The price is nice and the reviews seem positive for a budget TV, but the motion blur is making me second guess that decision. This will be to replace a 72" Mitsubishi DLP 1080p set with a burnt-out light bar.
The M-series' blur is really only an issue for gaming. It's a fine TV for sports, so you should go for it if you're looking for a budget TV.
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I'm torn between your sports runner up JU6500 and the JU7100. My main sport is hockey, and that's a long season, so great hockey viewing is really most important. Football and baseball are secondary.
I will also watch a few non-sport HD channels on my Dish lineup, but almost never DVD/Blu-ray. Which of these two models do you think would be best for me? Oh, did I say great hockey viewing is my top concern? ;-)
Secondly 50" or 55"? My primary seating is split recliner 7-8 feet (depending on degree of recline) from the TV.
Get the JU6500. If you almost never watch DVDs/Blu-rays, there's no reason to pay more for the JU7100. And at that distance, you should get the 55" version.
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I'm torn between the JU6500 and the JS8500 at 65" -- mostly for hockey. Will I really notice the difference if I pay an extra $1K? I never watch DVDs and don't have a streaming service. Thanks!
Probably not. The main benefit you would see with the JS8500 is that there are fewer dark patches on the screen, which is good for sports. But that's not worth $1,000, and the other benefits (120 hz panel, wide color gamut) aren't so important for you. Get the JU6500.
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Which TV would fit our needs the best? The TV will be outside under an awning. I am concerned about the glare. Size wise I would like a 43 or 48, 4 people will be sitting 5' and 7' away. Sports and TV/cable will be the primary viewing. No need for smart TV since our WiFi is poor here. Price range is $500 more or less pending on the value received or settle for. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Ed from Ohio. GO BUCKS!
The LG UH6100 would be a good choice for you and it is available in 43" and 49". It is bright enough for a well light environment and it is pretty good to fight glare with is semi-gloss finish. It has a good rating for sport, has wide viewing angle and is has a good upscaling of lower resolution content like cable TV.
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Just looking at the scores, I find myself wondering what prevents the Sony X810C from not even making the honorable mention list for best sports TVs. Can you comment on that?
We reviewed the X810C quite recently, and have not updated the sports TVs article since. We agree that it is a great choice for watching sports, and we'll be keeping it in mind when finalizing that article for the year.
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I'm a big football fan and that's my main thought when buying a new TV, but I watch a lot of movies and play games often. I want a 4k and I'm leaning toward the Samsung line, but I'm open to ideas. Question: Are the curved TVs any better in quality when it comes to sports, movies and games than the flat screen? And which TV should I go with?
The curve itself doesn't add anything to the picture, but some curved TVs are a bit better just because of the quality of the panel that is used.
In terms of performance, you won't beat the Samsung JS8500 for picture with sports, so that's what we recommend. Hardly any darker patches on the screen, and very minimal blur.
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