Sports In 4K: Not So Uncommon
4K-resolution TVs are slowly creeping their way into the average viewers’ household, and the ubiquity of 4K broadcasts are growing alongside it. This ubiquity of course includes sports broadcasting. While the resolution isn’t the standard, services like DirecTV, Optimum, Dish, Fubo TV and Layer 3 are offering sports broadcasts in 4K. These broadcasts are not currently streamlined to show every televised sporting event, but rather select ones. Keeping up with who’s streaming what can be as simple as following one of the 4K sporting event tracking threads on AVS Forum.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at some TVs that’ll liven up your game day.
Our pick: Sony X900F
Watching sports means non-stop motion. A TV unable to keep up with that motion means a less-than-ideal viewing experience. The Sony X900F simply won’t allow that. The Sony X900F keeps up with on-screen motion thanks to Sony’s new X-Motion Clarity. This technology allows the TV to control localized brightness and insert black frames into its overall picture flow, which combined gives pictures a seamless fluidity. Or as TechRadar puts it, “motion undeniably looks more natural. Which in turn makes the sharpness of the TV’s 4K pictures look even more impressive.” Equally impressed by the Sony X900F is AVS Forum user Jimmy From Texas, who adds “The picture is pretty damn amazing, and the colors are incredible.”
Another benefit of the Sony X900F is its ability to handle well-lit and bright rooms without issue. RTings points out the TV’s grey uniformity keeps picture consistent, while LCD TV Buying Guide says the TV’s combination of technology “combines for a fantastic picture” that keeps up with fast-paced game day action.
The Sony X900F processes images with attention to detail via the 4K HDR Processor X1™ Extreme, which also upscales input to as close to true 4K HDR quality as possible. Combined with the X-tended Dynamic Range PRO and X-Motion Clarity, dark colors stay dark and bright colors light up even when in motion. The Sony X900F handles sa variety of formats including HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma and Dolby Vision. The X900F allows for screen mirroring and video & TV sideview and contains four HDMI inputs, one digital audio input, two USB ports and one composite video input.
The Sony X900F is available from 49″ to 85″.
Sony X900F prices from worldwidestereo.com
Runner Up: LG B8 OLED
Much like the Sony X900F, the common thread here is two commendations from the dedicated 4K TV sports-watching lists of RTings and LCD TV Buying Guide. RTings points out the series’ commendable wide-viewing angles and “instantaneous response time, so there is no distracting blur-trail,” while LCD TV Buying Guide echoes similar sentiments by drawing attention to the TV’s “excellent picture characteristics, great black levels” and impressive processing power.
Like the Sony X900F, CNET discusses the TV’s “perfect black levels, superb uniformity, wide viewing angles, accurate color,” though unlike the X900F notes the 8B’s black frame insertion trades off of better motion resolution with a dimmer picture. Of course, this option is exactly that – an option that can be flipped on or off pending your preferences.
The LG B8 OLED series has built in LG’s exclusive α7 Intelligent Processor, which helps display richer colors and deeper details, while the LG ThinQ AI allows users to integrate and control smart home devices like Google Assistant and Alexa. Should your favorite sporting events not be broadcast in 4K resolution, the LG B8 OLED series has a built-in upscaler that gives you the best-possible quality. LG B8 OLED features four HDMI ports, an RF in, one composite in, an ethernet port and digital audio out.
LG B8 OLED prices from Amazon.com
Another Great Option: Samsung Q8FN QLED TV
In keeping the theme of these recommendations, the Samsung Q8FN QLED TV handles motion quite well. LCD TV Buying Guide dubs the TV “great for sports and gaming,” while TechRadar adds the TV’s picture is “bright, sensationally colorful, ultra-sharp – it has all the right stuff for getting huge impact from today’s cutting edge picture sources.” Both sources note the TV’s unaltered motion is a pleasure to watch, though its Auto Motion Plus is more a “know when to use it”-type of situation.
AVS Forum user Damar1979 mentions in the Samsung Q8FN QLED TV owner’s thread that the TV is the closest they’ve ever seen an LCD LED TV get to OLED level contrast, adding praise to the TV’s viewing angle and vibrancy of colors.
The Samsung Q8FN QLED TV is available from 55″ to 82″. The TV features a Full Array Backlight control, anti-glare screen, and Quantum Dots coloring for a great viewing experience in a wide range of room lightings. The Samsung Q Series is Ultra HD Premium certified to bring viewers an accurate 4K experience, as well as true HDR, HDR 10+ and 4K Ultra HD performances.
The Q8FN is available in 55″, 65″ and 77″ sizes.
Q8FN QLED prices from Amazon.com
If you’re looking for what we consider the best pick, try for the Sony X900F. It looks great, the reviews are equally glowing and the depiction of motion is excellent. In the words of forum user jra2k1, “Sony’s motion handling is the best for the motion interpolation effect or soap opera effect … Also Sony seems to be the best in my opinion and many others for handling motion with as little blur as possible.”
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