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Best TV 2022: Our favourite 4K HDR LCD, OLED and QLED televisions


Not sure which TV to buy? This is our guide to picking the best TV for your budget

Many of us spend a significant proportion of our spare time watching television, which makes choosing the best TV our budget allows for a crucial decision. If you haven't upgraded your TV for a while, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised, as television technology has come on leaps and bounds over recent years.

In addition to the outstanding picture quality you can expect from 4K HDR sets, the latest TVs all have built-in Wi-Fi and slick user interfaces that can negate the need for a Blu-ray player or set-top box. Modern televisions bring Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and many more streaming services directly to your lounge and display your favourite shows and films in glorious detail and vivid colour.

On this page, you’ll find our pick of the best TVs we’ve tested, along with links to each individual review for more in-depth analysis. The page will be updated throughout the year as we get our hands on the best and brightest new sets from the likes of LG, Sony and Samsung, all of whom have revealed stellar lineups for 2022.

Before the list of entries, you’ll find our handy buying guide, which breaks down everything you need to know about finding the right TV, from which resolution to choose to the smart features you may want to look out for.

Best TV 2022: At a glance

How to choose the best TV for you

What TV resolution do I need?

High-definition TVs currently fall into three categories: Full HD/FHD, otherwise known as 1080p, which has 1,920 x 1,080 pixels on the screen; Ultra HD/UHD, more commonly referred to as 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels); and the highest of them all, 8K (7,680 x 4,320 pixels). These days, only the cheapest (and often the smallest) TVs utilise an FHD/1080p resolution.

4K is now the de facto standard for any self-respecting TV, offering four times the resolution of 1080p. Although 8K is gaining traction in the consumer market, it’s really not necessary to buy a TV with an 8K resolution just yet. They’re expensive for one, and there’s also barely any native 8K content out there. By and large, you’ll only be watching upscaled 4K content if you have an 8K TV in your living room.

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What size TV should I buy?

The size of the TV you buy should be dictated not only by the size of your room but also by how far away you intend to sit from it. To get the full benefit from a 4K HDR set, you need to sit close enough for your eyes to appreciate the increased picture clarity that 4K brings over FHD. Buying a 4K TV that’s too small for your room may mean that it won’t look much better than a much cheaper 1080p TV.

This is all down to the resolving power of the human eye; our eyesight can only differentiate between lines and dots up to a fixed distance. So if you sit 25ft away from a 4K or 8K TV, those millions of extra pixels won’t make a difference. Think of it like a pointillism painting – from far enough away, you can no longer make out the individual dots on a Georges Seurat landscape.

If you want to find the perfect size of TV for your room, head on over to our detailed TV sizing guide.

How can I watch 4K content?

There are plenty of ways to watch 4K TV and movies these days. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ (to name just a few) are constantly adding 4K movies to their lineups, and all of the original shows released on these platforms are in 4K as well. Besides streaming, there’s a gigantic library of movies available on 4K Blu-ray discs, and games consoles have fully embraced 4K as the definitive standard, too.

If you’re thinking about streaming 4K content via the internet, bear in mind that you’ll need a fast broadband internet connection. Netflix, for instance, can deliver 4K video at a maximum bit rate of 15.6Mbits/sec and frame rates up to 60fps. In comparison, 1080p Netflix content is currently delivered at a maximum of 5.8Mbits/sec. While most modern 4K TVs come with a built-in Netflix app, some streaming services don’t have the same level of support.

Are some TVs better for gaming?

When it comes to playing the latest AAA console and PC games in 4K and HDR, with the highest refresh rates possible, it pays to make the right choice. Ideally, you’re looking for a TV that has multiple HDMI 2.1 ports, supports ALLM (Auto Low-Latency Mode) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and has a 120Hz panel. If gaming is one of your top priorities, have a read of our primer on how to choose the best TV for gaming.

How does Expert Reviews test TVs?

All of the televisions listed below have undergone rigorous testing using the Portrait Displays Calman colour calibration software. We test numerous aspects of SDR and HDR performance to bring you data-led reviews designed to help you make informed buying decisions when splashing out on your next TV.

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1. TCL RP620K Series: The best cheap 4K TV with Dolby Vision

Price: From £249 (43in) | Buy now from Currys

This affordable TV from TCL shares a number of characteristics with the Hisense below but has a few advantages over its similarly priced rival. It supports the Dolby Vision HDR format as well as HDR10 and HLG, has an invaluable extra HDMI port (there are four rather than three) and is also slightly brighter.

HDR image quality is respectable for a budget TV, with decent contrast and natural-looking colours, but its maximum brightness of 238cd/m² still leaves it a little dim to truly make the most of HDR content. SDR image quality is impressive, however, with colours displayed punchily and 1080p upscaling handled very well.

Roku’s brilliant user interface shines brightly here, delivering an unmatched range of streaming services including Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to name just a few. The UI may look a little dated but everything is intuitively positioned and intelligible, and the TCL’s processor ensures navigation is snappy and responsive.

If you’re on a limited budget and want a 4K TV that’s wonderfully simple to use and offers good image quality, the TCL Roku TV is a great pick.

Read our TCL RP620K Series review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 43in, 50in, 55in (tested) and 65in; Display type: VA-type LCD LED direct-lit; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: Roku TV

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2. Hisense Roku TV (2021): The best cheap TV for 4K streaming

Price: From £349 (43in) | Buy now from Argos

To get the complete 4K streaming experience on a budget, we recommend picking up either the 43in or 50in version of the Hisense Roku TV. Running the fabulous Roku OS, this smart TV is the ideal platform for on-demand content. All the big names are here, from Disney+ and Now to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and you can of course access the free UK catch-up services as well. The Film & TV channel store on the Roku TV has 931 apps to choose from, making Roku the most comprehensive platform there is.

SDR 4K picture quality is excellent for the price, delivering 99% coverage of the Rec.709 colour space in the accurate Movie mode setting, and upscaling from FHD isn’t half-bad, either. Just don’t expect stunningly bright images and jaw-dropping, high-contrast High Dynamic Range playback. Yes, the HDR10 and HLG formats are supported, but this TV simply lacks the brightness and colour bit depth of more premium 4K HDR TVs. But at this price, who can complain?

This is actually a refresh of the original Hisense Roku TV, though it isn’t much different to its predecessor; slimmed down bezels and an updated OS (which also rolled out to last-gen Roku TVs) are about the only things to mention. The price hasn’t gone up since last year, though, so that’s a plus.

Read our Hisense Roku TV review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 43in, 50in (tested), 55in and 65in; Display type: VA-type LCD LED direct-lit; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG; HDMI inputs: 3 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: Roku TV

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3. Samsung AU9000: The best 4K TV under £500

Price: From £369 (43in) | Buy now from John Lewis

The Samsung AU9000 proves that affordable 4K TVs don't have to look cheap and are capable of offering features on par with more expensive rivals. Its “AirSlim” design is attractive and practical too, with a narrow black chassis capable of slotting into living room spaces bulkier sets could only dream of.

Picture quality is impressive when viewing both SDR and HDR content, and HDR10+ performance is solid too, given the AU9000’s price. Samsung’s handy Game Bar provides key gaming information via an easily navigated interface, input lag is very low, while VRR support and an Auto Low Latency Mode also boost the AU9000's gaming credentials.

The aforementioned picture quality and gaming options are complemented wonderfully well by Samsung’s Tizen operating system, which is intuitive and provides access to a comprehensive range of streaming services and apps. Peak brightness, viewing angles and sound quality could be better, but overall, the Samsung AU9000’s package is unmatched for the money. If you’re after a 4K TV and have a budget of £500, this is the set to buy.

Read our Samsung AU9000 review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 43in (tested), 50in, 55in, 65in and 75in; Display type: VA-type LCD LED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+; HDMI inputs: 3 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: Tizen OS

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4. LG C1 OLED: The best 4K OLED TV

Price: From £999 (48in) | Buy now from John Lewis

No matter what you want from your new TV, whether it be gaming prowess, class-leading 4K HDR picture quality, impressive audio or cutting-edge smarts, the LG C1 will not disappoint. From the svelte design to the unparalleled HDR performance, this really is the TV to beat.

Film and TV enthusiasts will relish the stunning dynamic range made possible by the OLED panel’s pixel-level control; deep inky blacks, detailed specular highlights and vibrant colours bring HDR movies and shows to vivid life like no other TV at this price. The refined near-black gradation, colour accuracy and comprehensive colour coverage (it hits 99% of the DCI-P3 range) put the C1 right at the top of its class. Sadly, there’s no HDR10+ on board, though the HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision support make up for it. As for upscaling, the LG’s new Alpha 9 Gen 4 processor can make 1080p Blu-rays look so good you’d think they were native 4K.

Gamers are well served here too, just as they were with the LG CX. There are four HDMI 2.1 ports, and every single one supports next-gen features such as Variable Refresh Rate (G-Sync and FreeSync), 4K at 120Hz and Auto Low-Latency Mode, ensuring that PC, Xbox Series X and PS5 owners can get the absolute maximum out of their prized consoles. And response times? With the LG C1 in Game Optimiser mode, we measured a ludicrously low input lag of just 6ms.

Read our LG C1 OLED review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 48in, 55in (tested), 65in, 77in and 83in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1; Operating system: WebOS

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5. Sony A80J: A first-class all-rounder

Price: From £1,299 (55in) | Buy now from John Lewis

Sony’s A80J is a feature-packed mid-range OLED that delivers fantastic SDR and HDR performance. Image quality is characterised by brilliant colour gamut coverage, impressive colour accuracy, top-notch screen uniformity and wide viewing angles that ensure everyone can enjoy a crisp picture no matter where they’re sitting. Great pictures are complemented by excellent sound thanks to Sony's Acoustic Surface Pro+, which turns the TV’s screen into a centre audio channel and works extremely well.

The A80J’s Google TV operating system is easy to use and provides access to all the key streaming platforms, including Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+, along with the various UK TV catch-up services. A pair of HDMI 2.1 ports make the A80J a strong choice for next-gen gaming, too. There’s support for 4K at 120Hz and Auto Low Latency Mode, with Variable Refresh Rate support to be added via an imminent firmware update.

The LG C1 just edges ahead of the Sony A80J as it has four HDMI 2.1 ports and is currently cheaper, but this is a first-rate TV in its own right and the better choice if you’re already invested in the Google ecosystem.

Read our Sony A80J review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 55in (tested), 65in, 65in and 77in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x HDMI 2.1; Operating system: Google TV

6. Samsung QN95B: The best Neo QLED TV

Price: From £2,599 (55in) | Buy now from Samsung

The QN95B is the flagship entry in Samsung’s new 4K Neo QLED range and delivers in all the key areas. SDR and HDR picture quality is stunning, immersive Dolby Atmos sound comes courtesy of eight Object Tracking Sound Plus speakers, while those first-rate visuals and soiund are wrapped up in an eye-catchingly minimalist design.

Four HDMI 2.1 ports position the QN95B as a superb option for next-gen gaming, and Samsung’s clever One Connect box enables you to discreetly hide away the various cables and connections you may have plugged into the TV. Samsung has tweaked its Tizen OS for 2022, and the selection of streaming platforms and apps available remains as comprehensive as ever, as do your choices when it comes to voice controls, with Bixby built in and both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa supported. We’re not overly fond of the new layout of the Smart Hub homepage but overall, the QN95B user experience is smooth.

The QN90A was our favourite Neo QLED last year, but the QN95B blows it out of the water. It’s certainly not cheap, but that should come as no surprise given its class-leading local dimming, cutting-edge image processing and top-notch build quality. The lack of Dolby Vision support aside, the QN95B is hard to fault and is without doubt one of the best TVs of 2022 so far.

Read our Samsung QN95B review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 55in, 65in (tested), 75in and 85in; Display type: VA-type Neo QLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1; Operating system: Tizen OS

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7. Hisense A9G: Accurate pictures, great sound and packed with features

Price: From £949 (55in) | Buy now from Box

Competitively priced and with strong performance in both the visual and audio departments, Hisense’s latest 4K OLED is well worth your consideration. It supports all four of the main HDR formats – HDR10, HDR10+ Dolby Vision IQ and HLG – and colour performance is impressive, with 98% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut and colours mapped accurately. HDR images look punchy, with deep inky blacks and bright whites, though for best results you’ll want to switch between the preset picture modes based on which HDR format you’re using. Screen uniformity is excellent, the LG Display panel offers wide viewing angles and picture performance, while watching both SDR and lower-resolution content is very good, too.

Audio is another of the A9G’s strong points. The TV features a speaker bar built into its base, which houses left and right channels, two upward-firing speakers and a built-in subwoofer at the rear. The resulting sound is clean and focused and the upward-firing speakers help deliver an immersive experience when enjoying Dolby Atmos content.

The Hisense A9G’s smart and streaming capabilities also tick most of the right boxes, though it does lack some popular streaming apps, namely Disney+, Now and Apple TV. It’s also not a great choice for next-gen gaming due to its lack of HDMI 2.1 ports (there’s no 4K at 120Hz and VRR is 48-60Hz only), but if you’re not a hardcore gamer and can live without the aforementioned apps, the A9G is a top TV for the money.

Read our Hisense A9G review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 55in (tested) and 65in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: VIDAA U

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8. Philips OLED+ 935 (OLED935/12): The complete audio and visual experience

Price: From £1,399 (55in) | Buy now from Box

The third collaboration between Philips and British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins, the OLED+ 935 is one of the most luxurious Philips 4K TVs on the market. As well as its four-sided Ambilight bias lighting system, the 935 has an integrated B&W speaker bar that puts its audio performance head and shoulders above any other TV we’ve tested. It won’t match a full surround-sound setup, admittedly, but the speaker bar can still fill a room with an impactful soundstage from its left, centre and right channels, negating the need for a separate soundbar.

On the image quality front, the 935 is unbeatable within its price range, delivering class-leading brightness and gamut coverage plus impeccable colour accuracy. The incredible contrast levels of OLED are on full display here, and every High Dynamic Range format is supported, from HDR10+ to Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma. In a properly darkened room, few OLED TVs can perform better than the 935. Add in the customisable four-sided Ambilight, and it really is the complete cinematic experience.

There aren’t any HDMI 2.1 inputs on the 935, which means no VRR or 4K 120Hz frame rates for gaming on next-gen consoles – if that’s what you’re after, then the LG C1 OLED is clearly the better choice. The 935’s HDMI 2.0b ports do at least support ALLM (Auto Low-Latency Mode), so the TV’s low-latency Game Mode will kick into action automatically when compatible consoles are connected.

Read our Philips OLED+ 935 review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 48in, 55in (tested) and 65in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: Android TV

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What else do I need to know before I buy a TV?

What’s the difference between LCD and OLED TVs?

Flat-screen TVs use two main types of panel technology: LCD and OLED. LCD used to be split into two further categories: those with LED backlights and those with cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlights. However, almost all LCD TVs now use LED backlights, which are less power-hungry and tend to produce a more vibrant, brighter picture.

With LED TVs, manufacturers improve the contrast ratio of their displays by using a dynamic backlight that dims the screen when displaying dark scenes. This produces a darker picture with more pronounced blacks, but a side effect is that highlights and details are lost. In other words, you can have bright whites and dark blacks, but not both together.

Awkwardly, LED TVs can be further separated into two categories: those that are edge-lit and those that are backlit. Edge-lit models have LEDs at the edge of the screen, while backlit sets have an array of LEDs spread behind the entire panel (also known as local dimming). Backlighting lets the TV control picture brightness with greater accuracy.

OLED TVs work differently. Despite sharing a similar name, OLED (or organic light-emitting diode) panels use an organic material that emits light when an electric current is passed through it. This means each pixel can generate its own light source, meaning it doesn’t need to use a bulky backlight to illuminate the screen.

This has several advantages, as it not only creates truly deep blacks, but they’re even more energy-efficient than LED TVs and have superior viewing angles. Even when sitting at almost 90 degrees, there’s rarely any visible colour shift. Equally, OLED panels are thinner, lighter and more flexible than LCD displays, so they can be bent and curved more easily.

What kind of apps do smart TVs have?

Most new TVs are equipped for wired or wireless networking, so you can connect them to your home network and the wider internet. This lets you stream multimedia content from your home computer and access online smart TV portals.

The quality of these services varies greatly. Some companies have excellent smart hubs that let you access catch-up services such as Netflix, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Amazon Prime Video, Now, social networking tools and on-demand movies, while others only offer iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube video streaming. Many TVs can also play videos, music and photos directly from a memory card, portable hard disk or USB flash drive. Our reviews tell you what each TV can do, and how well it works.

What’s the difference between Freeview Play, Freeview HD and Freesat HD?

Every new TV receives Freeview, but the majority now include Freeview HD tuners, too. This is the easiest way to watch HD broadcasts because you can use your existing digital aerial without having to buy any additional equipment.

Freesat HD is a non-subscription alternative to Freeview HD that’s transmitted by satellites rather than broadcasting towers. If you live in an area with poor broadcast reception and don’t want to pay for Sky TV, this is the best way to get television into your home. You can use an existing Sky satellite dish or pay to have one installed. You’ll also need to run a coaxial cable from the satellite to your television if no access point is available nearby.

Freesat offers the same free-to-air HD channels as Freeview, with the addition of NHK World, but some minor standard definition channels differ between each platform. Also bear in mind that certain TVs have dual tuners for both Freeview and Freesat installations. Be wary of TVs that just have a DVB-S2 satellite tuner. Technically, these can be manually tuned to receive Freesat channels, but you won’t get the EPG, so they’re practically useless in this country.

If you want to find out more about free-to-air TV, check out our article here: Freeview vs Freesat vs YouView.

Aside from clearer images, another benefit of digital TV is the electronic programme guide (EPG), which can show you what’s on now or later at a glance. All TVs display “now” and “next” information in a small pop-up window, but most models also have a more in-depth fullscreen mode that shows seven or more days of scheduling.

What ports and connections do I need?

You’re almost definitely going to have at least one other device you want to connect to your TV, so it’s important to choose a model with an appropriate number of inputs for them. Most modern devices, including games consoles, Blu-ray players and digital set-top boxes, use HDMI connections, so these should be your top priority. We suggest a minimum of four HDMI inputs, which should cover all the basics and still leave a spare port in case you want to connect a camcorder or digital camera. Look out for an HDMI input with an Audio Return Channel (ARC). This lets you send sound from the TV back down the HDMI cable to a connected amp, so you can get better sound for TV programmes without introducing more cabling.

For future-proofing, it’s well worth avoiding a 4K TV unless it has HDMI 2. And, with the dawn of next-gen gaming consoles, HDMI 2.1 is preferable if you’re after the latest gaming features. The reason for this is simple: HDMI 1.4 only supports frame rates up to 30fps. HDMI 2 adds support for frame rates up to 60fps and also greatly increases the maximum audio throughput. The advent of HDMI 2.1 means that TVs housing those ports can deliver 4K resolution at a refresh rate of 120Hz.

SCART sockets have almost been completely replaced in favour of HDMI, but older devices, such as some games consoles and VCRs, still need them. You’re unlikely to find an S-Video port on a modern TV, so you may have to connect some older devices through the composite or component interface and put up with the inferior image quality.

USB ports are fairly common on modern TVs. If you have a spare external flash drive, these can be used to record programmes, eliminating the need for a dedicated set-top box. You’ll need to format it for your particular TV, though. Alternatively, you can use them to play your own media files from your PC. Some TVs support a wider range of file formats than others, but our reviews tell you which formats each TV supports. If you want to browse the web, USB ports are also useful for connecting a keyboard and mouse.

Should I worry about the length of the warranty?

If you’re spending a decent chunk of your hard-earned money on a new television, it’s prudent to try and secure the longest warranty possible. This will ensure that you'll be covered in the event of anything going wrong with the set. Most retailers typically offer at least a one-year warranty, which tends to fall in line with the warranty offered by manufacturers. John Lewis is a little different, however, and provides a five-year guarantee on all of the TVs it sells.

That’s a pretty compelling reason to buy your next TV from John Lewis and as such, we've included links to products on the John Lewis website where possible. If the TV is available cheaper elsewhere, we’ve also linked to the retailer with the best price.

What is UHD Premium?

Essentially a certification badge, the UHD Premium specification has been agreed by TV heavyweights Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony, industry leaders Dolby and Technicolor, and various huge film studios such as Disney, Universal and Warner Bros. Contributors to the specification include TP Vision (Philips), Nvidia, Intel, Hisense, Amazon and Toshiba. The list is a “who’s who” of audiovisual industry players, making UHD Premium a badge you should be able to rely on.

A set of big players is all well and good, but what does UHD Premium actually mean for the TV you buy? The required specifications for consumer televisions are actually fairly simple:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 resolution with ten-bit colour covering 90% of the DCI P3 colour gamut. This is an Ultra HD resolution with more than one billion possible colours. The P3 gamut is a wider colour gamut, meaning you’re presented with more realistic colours, with deeper shades now possible. This creates a more visually pleasing image and is also far closer to the way the director intended you to see their creation. Most high-end cinemas use projection systems that cover the DCI P3 colour gamut, so expect to hear about “cinema-quality” images in the near future.
  • High dynamic range (HDR). You’ll have probably already heard of HDR, and we’ve reviewed a number of TVs that support it. Now the tech has been given an official label and is integrated into UHD Premium. To be UHD Premium-certified, a TV needs a maximum brightness of 1,000cd/m² (otherwise known as nits) and a black level of less than 0.05cd/m². Alternatively, if your set can only get to 540cd/m², your black levels must be less than 0.0005cd/m². It’s not stated in the briefing information, but it’s safe to assume that these figures must be possible simultaneously, giving you incredibly immersive and bright images where punchy blacks and bright colours can coexist.
  • Content can also be UHD Premium-certified. We won’t go into it in detail, but content must also be mastered in a way that works with UHD Premium television sets. With the likes of Netflix and Amazon supporting such tech, as well as the new UHD Blu-ray standard, expect more UHD Premium-compatible content to start appearing.

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