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The 8 Best 4k TVs for Watching Sports - Summer 2018
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Manufacturers have focused their efforts to release models that will keep sports fans happy. When looking for a sports TV, one must look for brightness, uniformity (to avoid screen shade clouding also known as dirty screen effect), fast motion handling and wide viewing angles to accommodate for your friends when watching the Superbowl together.

We've tested 68 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy to watch sports in the summer of 2018.

Best TV for Watching Sports: LG C8

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.8
Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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9.3
Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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8.5
TV Shows
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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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8.7
Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
9.0
Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
9.1
HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.7
HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
8.2
PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
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Type : OLED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65" 77"

The best TV for watching sports is the LG C8. The C8 has excellent motion handling due to its fast response time and its ability to clear up blur. The gray uniformity is very good, and the dirty screen effect is not an issue when watching sports. The image remains accurate when viewed from the side, and it's suitable for large rooms unlike similarly premium models like the Samsung Q9FN. The picture quality is great due to the perfect blacks and wide color gamut.

However, it runs the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in, although we don't expect most people to experience that.

Overall, this TV is excellent for sports fans and will not disappoint you with whatever usage you throw at it.

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Cheaper Alternative: LG B7A

Type : OLED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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WRGB
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65"

If you find the price of the LG C8 too expensive and you do not want to compromise in performance, get the LG OLED B7A if you can find it. It does not have all the motion handling options found on the C8, but it performs very similarly in most usages. Especially when watching sports, the B7 displays very uniform colors so hockey rings look great without banding or shades and skaters motion is smooth.

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Brighter Room Alternative: Samsung Q7FN

Type : LED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

If the brightness of the LG C8 is not enough and you are looking for a TV to put in a very bright room, then get the Samsung Q7FN (the Samsung Q8FN or the Samsung Q9FN are better, but for sports watching, it’s not worth the price difference). You will not get the wide viewing angles of the LG C8 or the perfect gray uniformity. The Q7FN however, has an impressive performance in sports due to the great motion handling, the high levels of brightness and the good uniformity. The good reflection handling allows you to place it in very bright rooms without any worries.

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Best Mid-Range TV for Watching Sports: Sony X900F

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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.6
HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
Type : LED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

If you find the LG C8 expensive, the best TV we’ve tested in the mid-range category is the Sony X900F. You will not get the excellent picture quality of the LG C8 or its perfect blacks, and for those who plan to place it in a wide room, you will lack the good viewing angles the OLEDs have.

On the upside, the Sony X900F, just like its predecessor the X900E (that you should get if you can still find it) is a great TV with excellent brightness that can be placed in well-lit rooms. It has good gray uniformity and thus it is unlikely that you will notice any dirty screen effect. This TV has a remarkable response time and excellent motion handling, better than more expensive models like the Samsung Q7FN, and you will enjoy every moment of your favorite sport. Finally, since the Sony has a VA panel, you do not have to worry about burn-in.

Overall, the Sony X900F is a great choice if you are a sports fan and want good quality at a reasonable price.

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Wider Room Alternative: LG SK9500

Type : LED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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IPS
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 65"

If you want to place your TV in a large room and find that the Sony X900F is not a suitable choice due to poor viewing angles, then get the LG SK9500. You will not get the excellent response time or the good gray uniformity of the Sony X900F. However, the SK9500 is a very good TV that you can place in a large room and watch your favorite sport with a group of friends without worrying about who will sit on the side.

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Best Budget TV for Watching Sports: LG UK7700

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Test Benches: test

  • 1.2: Winter 2018
  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.8
Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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IPS
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65"

If you think that the Sony X900F is still expensive, the best sports TV we’ve tested in the budget category is the LG UK7000. The UK7700 does not have the great picture quality or the excellent motion handling of the Sony X900F.

The LG UK7700 is not only a good TV for mixed usage but also a good choice for sports watching due to its fast response time and good gray uniformity. It has excellent reflection handling so placing it in a room with many lights should not be a problem. Also because of its IPS panel, watching from the side is ok since it has better viewing angles even compared to more expensive models that have VA panels, like the Samsung Q6FN.

Overall the UK7700 is a good TV for watching sports and can be placed in a variety of rooms with different lighting conditions.

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Cheaper Alternative: TCL R617

Type : LED
Sub-Type
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 55" 65"

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative than the LG UK7700, then get the TCL 6 Series R617. You will not get the wide viewing angles of the UK7700 and you might spot some dirty screen effect depending on your panel. However, the TCL R617 is a TV with very good picture quality, good reflection and motion handling, that will keep you happy for almost any usage and certainly for sports.

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Larger Screen Alternative: Sony X690E

Type : LED
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What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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VA
Resolution : 4k
Sizes : 50" 60" 70"

If you would like a TV in the budget category that is available in bigger sizes than the LG UK7700, then get the Sony X690E. You will not get the wide viewing angles or the excellent reflection handling of the UK7700. On the upside, the X690E is a TV with decent picture quality, low input lag and good motion that will perform well in most usages including sports, and is only found in larger sizes.

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Notable Mentions

  • Sony X930E. Great choice for watching sports, but has similar performance to the Sony X900F for the money. See our review
  • Samsung Q8FN. Great TV for watching sports, but more expensive than the B7 for worse performance. See our review
  • Samsung Q7FN. Very good TV for watching sports, but the LG B7 performs better for a similar price. See our review
  • Sony X720E. Very good TV for watching sports, but not any better than the LG UK7700. See our review
  • Sony A1E. Excellent TV for watching sports, but the LG B7 performs the same for cheaper. See our review
  • LG C7. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the B7. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch sports 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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What's the best option for 50" around $1,000 that's best for sports, games, and movies.
The best option is the Samsung UN50J6300. It has good contrast and uniformity, minimal motion blur, and average input lag, so everything will look good and play well.
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Looking to spend about $2,000. Main sports watched are football & basketball. Plan to get SONOS for sound, and I just want the best picture quality, mainly for sports. Looking for a 60" - 65", as I will be generally about 10-12 feet away from screen. I have always heard good things about Sony in the past, but I hear good things about Vizio now, too.
Either brand would make a good choice. The Sony X850C has less blur and is better for watching TV (including sports), but it's much more expensive than the best Vizio option, the M-series, and we don't expect the M's blur to be an issue with sports.
Given that the 65" X850C is over your budget, the M-series is the better choice.
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Vizio M70-C3 for sports? Looking for a TV in the 70-75" range, and the main focus is sports. The price is nice and the reviews seem positive for a budget TV, but the motion blur is making me second guess that decision. This will be to replace a 72" Mitsubishi DLP 1080p set with a burnt-out light bar.
The M-series' blur is really only an issue for gaming. It's a fine TV for sports, so you should go for it if you're looking for a budget TV.
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I'm torn between your sports runner up JU6500 and the JU7100. My main sport is hockey, and that's a long season, so great hockey viewing is really most important. Football and baseball are secondary.
I will also watch a few non-sport HD channels on my Dish lineup, but almost never DVD/Blu-ray. Which of these two models do you think would be best for me? Oh, did I say great hockey viewing is my top concern? ;-)
Secondly 50" or 55"? My primary seating is split recliner 7-8 feet (depending on degree of recline) from the TV.
Get the JU6500. If you almost never watch DVDs/Blu-rays, there's no reason to pay more for the JU7100. And at that distance, you should get the 55" version.
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Which TV would fit our needs the best? The TV will be outside under an awning. I am concerned about the glare. Size wise I would like a 43 or 48, 4 people will be sitting 5' and 7' away. Sports and TV/cable will be the primary viewing. No need for smart TV since our WiFi is poor here. Price range is $500 more or less pending on the value received or settle for. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Ed from Ohio. GO BUCKS!
The LG UH6100 would be a good choice for you and it is available in 43" and 49". It is bright enough for a well light environment and it is pretty good to fight glare with is semi-gloss finish. It has a good rating for sport, has wide viewing angle and is has a good upscaling of lower resolution content like cable TV.
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I'm torn between the JU6500 and the JS8500 at 65" -- mostly for hockey. Will I really notice the difference if I pay an extra $1K? I never watch DVDs and don't have a streaming service. Thanks!
Probably not. The main benefit you would see with the JS8500 is that there are fewer dark patches on the screen, which is good for sports. But that's not worth $1,000, and the other benefits (120 hz panel, wide color gamut) aren't so important for you. Get the JU6500.
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Just looking at the scores, I find myself wondering what prevents the Sony X810C from not even making the honorable mention list for best sports TVs. Can you comment on that?
We reviewed the X810C quite recently, and have not updated the sports TVs article since. We agree that it is a great choice for watching sports, and we'll be keeping it in mind when finalizing that article for the year.
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I'm a big football fan and that's my main thought when buying a new TV, but I watch a lot of movies and play games often. I want a 4k and I'm leaning toward the Samsung line, but I'm open to ideas. Question: Are the curved TVs any better in quality when it comes to sports, movies and games than the flat screen? And which TV should I go with?
The curve itself doesn't add anything to the picture, but some curved TVs are a bit better just because of the quality of the panel that is used.
In terms of performance, you won't beat the Samsung JS8500 for picture with sports, so that's what we recommend. Hardly any darker patches on the screen, and very minimal blur.
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