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Best TVs for watching TV shows - Winter 2018
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Best TVs for watching TV shows

A suitable TV for watching the news or series is actually quite simple; it needs to have good picture quality, handle reflections well so you can watch it in the daytime, and also have a large viewing angle so it can be enjoyed from multiple regions of a wide living room. Since the requirements are quite simple, even some budget TVs do a very good job with this type of usage. More expensive models might give you some more versatility, but the difference won't be huge.

Best TV for Watching TV Shows: LG B7A

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.3
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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55" 65"

The LG B7A 4k OLED is the best TV for watching shows in a bright room. It produces a very nice image expected of OLED TVs and is equipped with one of the best anti-reflection finish we've tested.

The B7A's picture quality is its standout feature. As with other OLEDs, its inky blacks help produce a striking and sharp image. While it isn't the brightest TV around, its very effective screen finish allows it to remain watchable even in living rooms with lots of ambient light.

It upscales the low resolution streams of most TV sources well too. Its biggest downside is image retention, or even burn-in. If the type of content you watch is varied though, this is unlikely to be an issue for you.

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Best Mid-Range TV for Watching TV Shows: Samsung MU9000

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  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.3
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
55" 65" 75"

If you worry about the risk of burn-in or if you're looking for something less expensive, go for the Samsung MU9000 4k LED TV. It's one of the best TVs for handling reflections and gets bright enough to fit most viewing environments.

It's a mid-range model from the Korean brand, and while its picture quality isn't to the level of the OLEDs, it is still quite good. Unlike the OLEDs though, its viewing angle is a little more narrow. It's decently versatile as well.

Overall, if you're looking for something in a more affordable price point but don't want to sacrifice on features or run the risk of burn-in, the MU9000 is a great alternative.

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Best Budget TV for Watching TV Shows: Sony X720E

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  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
43" 49" 55"

The best budget TV for daytime viewing is the Sony X720E 4k TV. Its viewing angles come close to being as good as OLEDs, making it a great choice for those with wider seating arrangements.

While it doesn't have as fully-featured a smart system as most of its competitors, it still provides the basics like Netflix. Its picture is good in a bright room, especially since it can get decently bright. Its biggest feature though is its wide viewing angle. This allows for friends who came over to have as good an image as you sitting in the best position, or for you to enjoy the TV while moving around the house.

It's not the fanciest, but the Sony X720E offers a good set of features.

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Cheaper Alternative: TCL S405

43" 49" 55" 65"

If you want something with better integrated smart features, or if you want an even less expensive TV, go for the TCL S405. Its picture quality is decent, and its Roku smart platform is both more intuitive and powerful than what's found on the Sony X720E. It isn't as bright and lacks the wide viewing angle though.

See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony X800E. Very good TV for watching TV shows, but the X720E is even better for less money. See our review
  • Sony X700D. Great budget TV for TV shows, but a bit difficult to find now. See our review
  • LG SJ8500. Good option if you want to watch it at an angle, but priced a bit too high. See our review
  • LG UJ7700. Decent TV with wide viewing angles, but no better than the cheaper X720E. See our review
  • Samsung MU8000. Good TV overall, but it lacks a special screen finish to better handle reflections. See our review
  • Samsung Q7F. Does well with TV shows thanks to its great screen finish, but the similarly priced LG B7 is even better. See our review
  • LG C7. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the cheaper B7. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch shows 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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