5 questions to ask when buying a TV for watching sport
Footie fanatic? Ask yourself these questions and find a TV that can go the distance this season…
1. ‘Should I “go large”?’
Absolutely – where possible always go for a bigger TV (55" and above) as "with a larger screen you’ll benefit from a wider viewing angle and bigger screen effect", says Currys PC World's Mark Bater.
When watching football on TV, you can often see large swathes of the pitch, with several players on screen at once. Choosing a larger TV means you can see all of the detail – from individual blades of grass to the player’s names on the back of their shirts.
However, you also have to consider the size of your room and how far you’ll be sitting from the TV –don’t buy a TV that’s too big for the space it’s in.
Our viewing distance guide should help:
2. Should I get a TV with HDR?
High Dynamic Range is the future of TV picture quality, it delivers a wider range of colour, brighter images and much better contrast for a more accurate and life-like picture.
4K UHD TVs upscale regular content. They do this using a powerful processing engine, and the better the TV you purchase, the better upscaling you’ll enjoy.
But who needs upscaling? With the new season having already kicked off, there is plenty of top-flight football to watch in Ultra HD on Sky Sports – provided you have the right Sky Q box and package.
Watch the drama of the season unfold right up to the final day with up to 4 times the definition of HD.
3. How can I watch the latest 4K content?
The great news is that there is a huge library of content already available to watch. If you’re looking for live sports in 4K Ultra HD then set-top box providers such as Sky and BT offer Premier League Football and Champions League in Ultra HD.
If you’re looking for your favourite movies and box-sets, you can stream it directly from Netflix and Amazon.
And, if you have an Apple 4K TV you can plug it directly into your TV and enjoy your favourite content immediately.
You can also enjoy excellent contrast levels from the latest 4K UHD TVs from Samsung and Sony thanks to developments like quantum dot displays and High Dynamic Range (HDR TV).
LG’s OLED TVs also have brilliant contrast. They can create deep, true blacks as they don’t need a backlight to illuminate their screen.
4. Do processing rates matter?
Yes. Processing rates are important when buying a TV for watching sport. Football is fast-paced and your TV needs to be fast to keep up with the action. So, having blur-free motion is important and to get that you need decent processing or refresh rates.
High processing rates "reduce motion blur for a clearer picture", explains Mark.
You’ll see it measured in hertz (Hz) – the higher the number, the more times-per-second the image refreshes on your screen.
Want to know more? Processing rates explained: how they improve watching TV
5. ‘Should I boost my TV’s speakers with a sound bar?’
Modern TVs are very slim. This means there’s not much room for powerful speakers. But fear not – you can create the ‘big game’ atmosphere by adding some home cinema tech.
"Sound bars are an excellent complement to a TV - they give you the full stadium experience", says Mark. They’re also the easiest way to beef up your TV’s speakers.
A soundbar is a single, oblong-shaped box containing several speakers. You can mount it underneath your TV, or pop it on the cabinet. It’s clutter free, easy to set up and, most importantly, sounds great.
Feel as though you’re in the thick of the action, with the roar of the crowd and the punt of the ball in true stereo sound to the left and right of you and virtual surround sound.
It creates a "much more immersive experience, so it's like being there,’ says Mark. Want to get your hands on one? We don’t blame you.