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Reviewed: The 4 Best 4K TVs For Sports

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Not all TVs are created equal when it comes to watching sports. While most of the best TVs these days deliver decent picture quality, when it comes to shopping for the best TV for sports, it’s about more than just the colors you see on display. With fast-moving action and numerous players, fans and scores to keep track of on screen, you need a TV that can handle all of the flurry — without getting blurry.

What Are the Best TVs for Sports?

The best televisions for sports offer big-screen viewing with features that minimize blurring and banding. It’s all about the way your TV screen handles motion. We looked for TVs with deep contrasts and the ability to pick out tiny details too, so you can easily read the scoreboard, for example, or see the numbers on the back of the jerseys without having to squint or get up close. Here’s what else to keep in mind when shopping for a good TV for sports.

Motion Blur: Motion blur refers to images on screen that look fuzzy and out of focus, Motion blur typically occurs when there’s a fast-moving image, say, when a baseball is stuck by a bat, or when a NASCAR vehicle whizzes around the track. On cheaper TVs, the ball or car will lose detail and look less distinct. Look for TVs that have built-in settings to reduce motion blur.

Stutter: If you’re using your TV to watch sports, it’s important to look for a TV for low stutter. Not to be confused with judder (more on that below), a TV’s stutter refers to the way a static image can sometimes be held on screen in between frame transitions. The effect creates a slight pause in the action, rather than smooth transitions from frame to frame. You’ll notice it for example, when a touchdown has been scored and you can hear the crowd cheering, but the picture still shows the football in the air. Basic TVs often have to “catch up” to the action on screen because of stuttering.

Judder: Judder, meantime, refers to the jerky movements that come on screen when the motion interpolation of the TV cannot keep up with the signal coming into the box. It’s not often noticeable, as most TVs these days use something called 3:2 pulldown to match the frames coming in through the signal with the frames displayed on your TV. Still, some of the picks on our list offer settings to help reduce judder.

Input lag: A television’s input lag is the amount of time that elapses between a picture being generated by a source and that image appearing onscreen. The lower the lag the better. This affects the way you watch sports, but it’s especially important for gamers, since every second counts in gameplay — you don’t want there to be any lag at all.

Refresh rate: Refresh rate refers to how many times per second the image on the screen refreshes. The higher the refresh rate, the better a TV is at handling fast motion, making it an important consideration for sports. You’ll get a smoother picture with less blur. Most TVs have refresh rates of 60Hz and 120Hz.

Screen Size: All of the picks on our list deliver big-screen viewing, with a minimum screen size of 55 inches, though you can follow the links in our piece to choose other sizes as well.

  

1. LG OLED65CXPUA 65-Inch 4K Smart OLED TV

LG was a pioneer in developing OLED TVs and this model showcases the technology in all its full (colored) glory.

Millions of pixels work together to create brighter colors and crisper contrasts to place you firmly in the middle of the action for a more immersive fan experience. With the ability to control every pixel individually, the OLED system delivers a more accurate and life-like picture — especially great when watching sports.

LG’s α9 Gen 3 AI Processor upscales everything to 4K (or as close to 4K as possible), while its OLED “Motion Pro” setting helps to reduce stuttering during fast action sequences (say, while an athlete is running a play on the field, or while watching a chase scene in a movie). NVIDIA G-SYNC and FreeSync tech help to eliminate any lag during gaming too, so your gameplay is smooth and uninterrupted. This unit has a high refresh rate of 120Hz.

Control the TV using the included remote or set it up to work with your favorite voice assistant — Google Assistant or Alexa. LG’s webOS platform essentially turns the TV into a home base for entertainment, making it easy to find your streaming apps and to find your favorite content. You can also set alerts to pop up when your favorite teams are playing, so you can easily switch to the game or check the scores — even while you’re watching other content.

At the end of the day, your team’s performance on the field or track will only look as good as the screen it’s on, and this LG TV adds Dolby Vision IQ to automatically adjust picture settings based on your lighting conditions and what you’re watching. Dolby Atmos, meantime, delivers a 3D surround sound experience so you can hear ever rip, roar and rumble at home.

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2. SAMSUNG Q60T Series 65-inch Class QLED Smart TV

Samsung’s entry-level QLED punches above its weight with low input lag, well-defined contrasts and a dazzling end-to-end display that fills the screen with big, bright pictures.

Samsung’s QLED technology uses quantum dots to produce more than a billion shades of color. What that means: a wider range of shades and contrasts, that better mimic what’s happening on screen.

Contrasts are surprisingly sharp, even in daylight; there’s no mistaking the colors on the field or the numbers on a scoreboard. Samsung says that’s thanks to a series of dedicated warm and cool LED backlights, that help to bring out contrasts and details for crystal-clear viewing.

The Q60T uses a 60Hz panel which is decent enough for most things you’ll be watching on TV. You also have the option of enabling a “Picture Clarity” setting in the menu to access motion interpolation — a type of video processing that works to eliminate judder.

This Smart TV is compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa to let you control settings using your voice. You can also use the TV as your home’s smart hub, to set the temperature, turn off the lights, unlock the door and even run your robot vacuum without ever leaving the couch.

SAMSUNG Q60T Series 65-inch Class QLED Smart TV

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3. TCL 65-Inch 6-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision QLED Smart TV

I had two TVs going during my last Super Bowl party and by the end of the first quarter, everyone has repositioned themselves around this TCL 6-Series setup.

The TV delivers incredibly realistic images, with none of the annoying filters or “glossiness” that some manufacturers use to disguise less-than-ideal picture quality. Instead, TCL boasts a powerful AiPQ Engine, which uses machine-learning algorithms to optimize colors, contrasts and clarity. What you see is exactly what’s being broadcast, with everything upscaled to as-close-to-4K quality as possible. The addition of Dolby Vision HDR helps to pick out even the tiniest details, so you see every angle of the game from every inch of the large 65-inch screen.

TCL’s mini-LED technology lights up the screen with a wide gamut of colors, so every inch is illuminated with the same brightness and vivacity. It’s extremely noticeable when you’re watching sports and you want a clear shot of the entire field so you can — literally — get a wider field of vision.

Motion handling is smooth, and we barely noticed any lag or stuttering. Turn on TCL’s THX-certified “Game Mode” combined with the TV’s variable refresh rate for ultra-smooth gameplay with no smearing or input lag.

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the official brand ambassador for TCL since 2018 and when we interviewed him about the collaboration, he said he signed on because of how easy and accessible the TV was for sports fans. There’s very little you have to learn to start watching right away, the action on screen is always crisp and in focus, and the picture quality won’t fade out — even if the game goes into overtime.

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4. Hisense 55-Inch Class H8 Quantum Series Android 4K ULED Smart TV

This Hisense H8G quantum series ULED TV gets you super bright 4K images that pop off the screen, with Dolby Vision HDR enhancing colors and bringing out the little details in every scene. Dolby Atmos sound creates a true home theater experience.

The TV delivers a native refresh rate of 60Hz. It’s got very low input lag for gaming, and it’s a good choice for watching sports. In our experience there’s very little stutter or motion blur.

At 55 inches, this is the smallest screen size on our list but you get an end-to-end display in a slim and sleek package. Control the TV via the easy-to-use voice remote or through an Alexa-enabled device (sold separately).

Need more proof that the Chinese electronics brand is making a play for sports fans? Hisense recently inked a deal with former NBA star Dwyane Wade to be its first U.S. brand ambassador.

Hisense 55-Inch Class H8 Quantum Series Android 4K ULED Smart TV

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How Passion of the Christ ruined Jim Caviezel’s career

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While it’s true that Caviezel hasn’t landed a superhero role or starred in any Oscar-bait movies since 2004, his career is hardly over. In 2006, he starred alongside Denzel Washington in the action blockbuster Deja Vu, and in 2011 he scored the lead role on CBS’ Person of Interest. The series about a supercomputer that can identify people who will be involved in a violent crime before it happens was a hit for the network, and subsequently aired for five seasons.

Since Person of Interest ended, Caviezel has continued to find work in films like 2018’s The Ballad of Lefty Brown starring Bill Pullman and Peter Fonda, and in Infidel, one of the few movies to actually open in theaters in 2020. The actor’s career certainly hasn’t been flashy, but between his TV work and a glut of faith-based films, he still has a fanbase. His celebrity isn’t going to rival Chris Evans’ anytime soon, but for those in the know, Caviezel hasn’t disappeared into the annals of film history just yet.

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Jim Carrey’s New Cartoon Exposes Naked Trump and His ‘Little Boy’

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Jim Carrey thinks President Trump is da bomb, but not in the “exceptionally cool” definition kind of way. No, he likens him to, literally, two of the most deadly bombs history has known.

As the death toll of Americans who have succumbed to COVID-19 rose to over 200,000 on Saturday, Carrey illustrated in his latest artwork what he believes to be the naked truth about the POTUS.

The simplistic pen and ink caricature shows a naked, portly Trump with an arrow pointing to his belly labeled “Fat Man”; a second arrow points to his genitalia with the notation “Little Boy.” The “Fat Man” and “Little Boy” tags refer to the codenames of the two nuclear bombs detonated over Japan in 1945, when 192,020 people were killed by the U.S.

“By New Years Day 2021 more Americans will die from Trump’s negligence than the number of people killed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There’s nothing more deadly than an insecure man,” the caption reads. Carrey included the hashtag #BidenHarris in support of the Democratic ticket for president of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

And Carrey will have the opportunity to further stick it to Trump when “Saturday Night Live” returns on Oct. 3, as NBC announced earlier this week that the comic actor has signed on to play Biden in sketches for the show’s upcoming 46th season.

Check out Carrey’s latest in the tweet below.

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Watch the Full ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Table Read with Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston & More

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As promised last month, a star-studded table read of the classic coming-of-age high school comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High unfolded this past week to raise funds for CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), a nonprofit charity co-founded by Sean Penn, one of the film’s co-stars. But the cast of the table read didn’t include any other actors from the original movie.

Instead, the Fast Times and Ridgemont High table read (virtually) starred the likes of Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Shia LaBeouf, Henry Golding, John Legend, Ray Liotta, Jimmy Kimmel and Morgan Freeman. Now you can watch the entire table read online for your entertainment, and while everyone has been buzzing about Pitt and Aniston reuniting online, it’s Shia LaBeouf who takes a cue from Sean Penn and steals the show as Jeff Spicoli. Watch below!

Fast Times at Ridgemont High Table Read

Here’s how the all-star cast for the Fast Times at Ridgemont High table read breaks down. Jennifer Aniston played Linda, Brad Pitt was Brad, Julia Roberts was Stacy, Matthew McConaughey was Mike, Dane Cook was Mark (and the table read’s host), Shia LaBeouf was Spicoli, Henry Golding was Mr. Vargas, John Legend was Charles Jefferson and Little Charles Jefferson, Ray Liotta was Mr. Hand and Jimmy Kimmel played some teenage girls and other random parts. Providing all the non-dialogue parts was Morgan Freeman as the narrator.

Other notable appearances included Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, the film’s director Amy Heckerling, and screenwriter Cameron Crowe. And though Sean Penn also participated in the completely unrehearsed table read, he obviously didn’t reprise his role as the surfer stoner bro Jeff Spicoli. Instead, he only took the minor part of the pizza guy who delivers an order to Spicoli in the middle of class, recreating one of the most famous scenes in the entire movie.

Speaking of famous scenes in the movie, the internet was abuzz with joy after seeing the scene in which Pitt had to pretend to be caught masturbating to Aniston’s character getting out of the pool in a bikini. Aniston clearly played it cool, but Pitt was endearingly embarrassed as it played out. It could just be because there was no rehearsal, but it’s more likely because it’s a bit of an odd scene to play out with your former significant other.

Even though you missed the table read, which raised $50,000 for COVID-19 relief efforts in vulnerable communities, you can still make a donation to CORE for all their efforts right here.

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