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Best new TVs to watch football and changes to make to your current TV

Perfecting your football viewing experience
Posted: 9:29 AM, Sep 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-07 13:29:52Z
Best TVs to watch football

The Lions kick off their season on Monday Night Football which has people flocking to stores for the latest and greatest in TV tech.

“55 inches or bigger,” said Hamoody Jaafar. “I think some people are now debating watching it on TV is even better than in person because of it being clearer.”

Jaafar said if it’s not in HD he can’t watch. He’s not alone, more and more people are craving higher-end TVs to watch sports, movies and shows. The problem is the tech is moving so quickly it’s hard to keep up. QLED, OLED, 4K, HD are just some of the things you’ll see sprawled across televisions at top retailers like Best Buy, but what’s best?

“We’re recommending the LG and SONY OLED TVs,” said Jim Willcox, a senior electronics editor at Consumer Reports. “It’s a new technology — we really like LG’s B8 model.”

According to Willcox, if money is of no consequence the 65” B8 model by LG is the best set for football at $2,800 retail. If you bump down to a 55” you can find better deals, but for now you’re looking at the same price across the board at major retailers. You can find the TV for sale, here .

If you’re looking for a deal you may be waiting until SuperBowl, or Black Friday — that’s when the best deals come out, per Wilcox.

That said, there are mid-level and low-level options.

Willcox told 7 Action News that a Samsung NU8000 series 65” television runs around $1300. If you’re budget conscious a lesser known brand TCL sells a R615 65” that won’t rival the LG B8 or Samsung NU8000 model for look, but at $970 retail it’ll make your wallet feel a little less light. The same TV comes down to $600 if you’re looking at a 55” set.

Willcox said the two most important things to consider when you’re looking at TVs is the view when you’re sitting at an angle, and motion blurring — the TVs listed above are among the best for those aspect in their selected price range, but you can get a better look at ratings Consumer Reports has already done on their website.

If you’re not in the market for a new TV, there may be something else you can do.

“At the very least pick the right pre-set mode,” said Willcox. “It probably sounds counter-intuitive, but don’t pick the sports mode. The sports mode tends to artificially pump up the brightness or contrast of colors. We suggest putting the TV in movie, or cinema, mode for a more natural looking picture.”

You can always tweak the settings to your personal likings too — if you want help Consumer Reports has a  TV Optimizer guide (for customers) where experts have already listed the preferred settings they implement for each TV that they’ve tested previously.