With the World Cup just around the corner, you might be thinking of treating yourself to a new TV to watch it on - but before you rush out and buy the biggest one you can afford, here are a few things to consider.
While LED TVs are generally a bit cheaper, OLEDs have become more affordable than ever. Because of the way they work, they’re able to produce more accurate colours and better contrast ratios than standard LED TVs. When you’re watching football, colours can often look over-saturated, but OLEDs can display much more true to life colours. The other great thing about OLED TVs is that they have wider viewing angles - so if you’re watching football with friends, people sat to the side will still be able to enjoy it.
Refresh rates are really important when it comes to sport, in short, they tell you how many times the screen refreshes itself. Generally speaking, a higher number means the TV is better at showing fast-moving images. But be careful when comparing numbers, all manufacturers measure this slightly differently. Some call it the ‘processing rate’, while some just refer to it as the image quality.
Most mid, to high-end TVs have good viewing angles, but some are better than others. If you’re TV is going to be positioned where people will be sat to the side of it, you might want to take note of whether the TV maintains a good picture at a wide viewing angle.
So with all that in mind, let’s take a look at four of our best TVs for watching football.
LG makes some of the most impressive TVs on the market and the B7 is up there with the best. It comes with HDR10 and also supports Dolby Vision which means you’ll get those true to life colours in 4K with fantastic contrast ratios.
It can handle fast-paced action too with a dedicated ‘Sports’ setting to make sure you catch all of the action with none of the distracting blur that you get with some TVs.
Currys are currently offering £300 off, bringing it down to £1499 - find out more about the LG B7.
Starting at £1129 for the 49” model, the Q7 sits comfortably in the mid-range price bracket and uses Samsung’s QLED (or Quantum Dot) technology - not to be confused with OLED, QLED still uses a backlight to shine light through the pixels (or Quantum Dots).
The Q7 handles motion very well making it great for watching sport but you might want to tweak the ‘blur’ and ‘judder’ settings to get it just the way you like it.
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the LG B7 or the Samsung Q7, Sony’s XE70 is a great alternative at a much more affordable price. It isn’t quite as versatile as the LG, but if your main focus is watching sport. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better TV in this price range.
It handles motion better than most TVs in this price range too with its Motionflow technology smoothing out any blurring without the nasty ghosting effect you sometimes get. Even with Motionflow switched off, it handles fast-paced action very well.
It comes in a range of sizes, from 43”, up to 65” and starts at £498. Click here to find out more about the Sony Bravia XE70.
If you’re on a bit of a budget and you’re not necessarily looking for a mammoth TV that’s going to fill your room, this 40” Panasonic is packed with high-end features that you’ll normally only find on a much more expensive TV.
At £349, it’s one of the cheapest 4K Ultra HD TVs out there - it also supports HDR content with an HDR10 certification. But the main reason we’ve included it in this list is its processing rate, an impressive 1300Hz means high-speed action stays nice and smooth, making it a great TV for watching sport.
While these are certainly some of the best TVs for watching sport across all price ranges, there are plenty of others to choose from - you can see our full range of TVs here.