All patterns are from the AVS HD 709 calibration package, which can be downloaded in full here. To use them, just display the images on your TV via HDMI or USB, and then follow the instructions we outline below.
When choosing the best TV for movies, it's important to consider your TV room's lighting conditions. You'll generally have a better experience if you watch movies in a dark room as your TV's picture quality in dark scenes will look better and have fewer reflections. You should be looking for a TV that can deliver deep blacks and has rich colors and bright highlights, especially if you watch a lot of HDR content. It's also important to have a TV that supports eARC audio passthrough if you want to enhance your sound experience with a soundbar or receiver.
We've bought and tested more than 375 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TV for watching movies you can buy. Also see our picks for the best HDR TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k TVs.
The best TV for movies we've tested is the Sony A95K OLED. It's a fantastic TV for watching movies in a dark room. Its near-infinite contrast ratio delivers an incredible dark-scene experience, with deep blacks, bright highlights, and no distracting blooming around bright objects or subtitles. Sony's excellent processing capabilities deliver a true movie experience that respects the content creator's intent, with very little banding in areas of similar color.
HDR movies look incredible on this TV thanks to its high peak brightness in HDR, near-infinite contrast ratio, and wide color gamut. Colors look vivid and lifelike, and bright specular highlights stand out. It also supports features like Dolby Vision and DTS:X audio, ensuring you get the absolute best movie experience possible. It's also compatible with Sony's BRAVIA CORE streaming service, which offers a wide selection of movies to stream at a much higher bitrate than most streaming services, ensuring your movies look the best they possibly can.
If you want something cheaper than the Sony A95K OLED, check out the Samsung QN90B QLED instead. It's an impressive TV for watching movies. Instead of an OLED panel, it uses a Mini LED backlight to improve contrast, and it delivers incredibly bright highlights that stand out better than they do on the A95K, but this results in some blooming around bright areas of the screen and subtitles. It has an incredibly wide color gamut, and colors look vibrant and realistic.
It automatically removes judder from any source, ensuring a smooth movie-watching experience. It has a built-in smart interface with a great selection of streaming apps, so you can quickly find your favorite movies. Sadly, it doesn't support Dolby Vision but instead supports HDR10+, which is a similar HDR format, but it's not as widely supported.
If you like the deep inky blacks that only an OLED can produce, but want to spend less on it, then the best mid-range TV for watching movies is the LG C2 OLED. Like the Sony A95K OLED, it displays perfect blacks in dark rooms without blooming, offering a fantastic movie-watching experience. You don't get the same peak brightness or processing features as the Sony model, but that's what you can expect if you want to save a bit of money. Still, it has decent HDR peak brightness, enough to make smaller highlights stand out.
It comes with the LG webOS smart platform built-in, which has a ton of apps available to download, and it's easy to stream your favorite movies. It removes 24p judder from any source, which helps with the appearance of motion, and it can interpolate low-frame-rate content up to 120 fps. It supports Dolby Atmos audio passthrough, but it doesn't support DTS:X, which is a format many Blu-rays use, so you'll need to connect your Blu-ray to the receiver instead of the TV.
If you want something cheaper than the Samsung QN90B QLED that still delivers an excellent movie-watching experience, check out the Hisense U8H. It has a fantastic contrast ratio for deep blacks in dark rooms, and the Mini LED local dimming feature is impressive as it improves the contrast while making small highlights stand out, but there's just a bit of blooming around bright objects. Its HDR brightness is also excellent, but it displays most scenes in HDR brighter than they should be.
The best budget TV for watching movies that we've tested is the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED. It's a great TV for the price, with superb contrast resulting in deep blacks in a dark room, with fantastic black uniformity and very little blooming around bright objects. It's also very good for watching movies in HDR, as it has a wide color gamut and decent color volume, so HDR content looks vivid and lifelike. It has just okay peak brightness in HDR, though, so bright highlights don't stand out as well as they do on more expensive TVs like the Hisense U8H.
It runs the Roku TV smart interface, which is rather simplistic but easy to use, and it has a great selection of streaming apps, including many free channels. It removes judder from 24p sources like an Apple TV or Blu-ray player, ensuring a smooth movie-watching experience, and although it has a quick response time, there's just a bit of stutter when watching movies.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch movies 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).
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I purchased both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Extended Editions through iTunes/Apple TV app on my iMac. I just got a sweet LG OLED 4K TV. I understand I cannot download 4K versions of these movies but must stream them. However, when I look at say the first Hobbit movie in my Library, it says it's HD but when I look in the Store at the same movie, it says it's purchased and available in 4K. Should I delete the HD versions I'd previously downloaded to my Library on my iMac? How do I know I'm actually getting the 4k versions when I play them with my 4K Apple TV? Any education would be appreciated.
Tied in with HDR is wide color gamut, or WCG. For years, TVs have been capable of a greater range of colors than what's possible in Blu-ray or downloads/streaming. The problem is, you don't really want the TV just creating those colors willy-nilly. It's best left to the director to decide how they want the colors of their movie or TV show to look, not a TV whose color-expanding process might have been designed in a few days 6,000 miles from Hollywood. More on this in a moment.
When a movie or TV show is created, the director and cinematographer work with a colorist to give the program the right "look." It's entirely possible that if you were on set for these two scenes, they would have looked the same, color-wise. Post-production tweaking can imbue a scene with a certain aesthetic and feeling, just with color. From the exuberant, eye-popping colors of a movie musical, to the muted somberness of a moody drama, there's a lot that can be conveyed just with color.
But then comes time to make these movies work on TV. In order to do that, that team essentially "dumbs down" the image, removing dynamic range and limiting color. They get it to look the way they want, given the confines of the HDTV system, and that limited version is what you get on Blu-ray or a download.
One example of how this is down is Technicolor's Intelligent Tone Mapping tool for content creators. It's designed to let creators more easily (as in, more affordably) create HDR content. I've seen it in action, and the results are very promising. This is a good thing, as it means it's not labor-intensive to create HDR versions of movies and shows. If it took tons of time, and time equals money, then we'd never get any HDR content. This is just one example of the process. 2b1af7f3a8