TV Deals, Best Rated TV's Ahead Of The Big Game

For sports fans looking to upgrade their TV with an eye on the Big Game, there are a few important things to look for. Pick a screen size large enough to provide an immersive viewing experience, but not too large to fit into the right room. We recommend at least a 65-inch screen for most average living rooms, bedrooms or dens, although larger is certainly better. 

Monday, February 5th 2024, 5:11 pm

By: CBS News


For sports fans looking to upgrade their TV with an eye on the Big Game, there are a few important things to look for. Pick a screen size large enough to provide an immersive viewing experience, but not too large to fit into the right room. We recommend at least a 65-inch screen for most average living rooms, bedrooms or dens, although larger is certainly better. 

Next, the display. OLED tech offers the best detail, with bright and accurate colors, but these TVs tend to cost a bit more. Mini-LED technology is also very impressive. 

Third: Resolution. A 4K resolution TV is an absolute must, but if you want to splurge, consider an 8K resolution TV that uses AI to upscale 4K content to near 8K quality, so you can view whatever you're watching in lifelike detail. Watching the Big Game on an 8K TV will be unparalleled. 

You also want a TV with a high refresh rate (120Hz or faster) if you want to catch fast action with no blur, pixelation or stuttering. We also recommend a maximum brightness of at least 800 to 1,000 nits, along with a wide viewing angle. These features ensure that everyone in a room can catch every frame, regardless of the ambient light in the room or where people are sitting. Other features to seek out include high-quality sound and a voice-activated remote.

  1. Best TV for watching the Big Game overall: Sony Bravia 65-inch Class A95L OLED 4K TV (2023)
  2. Best budget TV for watching the Big Game: Hisense 65-Inch Class U8 Series Mini-LED 4K TV
  3. Best premium 8K TV for watching the Big Game: Samsung 76-inch Neo QLED 8K TV (QN900C)

Our top three TV picks for watching the Big Game

You have until Sunday, February 11 at 6:30 pm (EST) to install a TV ideal for watching live sports. Our team of in-house consumer technology experts has selected these three TVs as being among the very best options. 

Best TV for watching the Big Game overall: Sony Bravia 65" Class A95L OLED 4K TV (2023)

As part of Sony's premium Bravia XR smart TV lineup, you can expect superior picture and sound quality from the 65-inch version of the XR A95L. (A 55-inch and 77-inch version of this TV are also available.) All take advantage of Sony's Cognitive Processor XR to deliver bright and accurate colors, with pure blacks and bright whites. 

You get 3,840 x 2,160 pixel resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Also integrated into this TV is an advanced Sony sound system that supports Dolby Atmos using two built-in speakers and two subwoofers. And to take full advantage of the smart TV features, the GoogleTV OS is at your disposal. This gives you quick and easy access to all of the popular streaming networks (although some, like Paramount+ for watching the Big Game, require a paid subscription).

The Sony XR A95L features a slim and minimalist design that draws your eyes to the screen, where billions of colors form a clear, vibrant and smooth image. While native 4K content looks amazing, this TV does an excellent job with AI upscaling to present lower-resolution content with decent detail. Like all OLED TVs, this one also does a nice job minimizing unwanted glare and reflections.

And to make high-action live sports (including the Big Game) look smooth and detailed, the A95L offers a 120Hz refresh rate. At the moment, this is one of the very best OLED TVs you'll find.

Best budget TV for watching the Big Game: Hisense 65" Class U8 Series Mini-LED 4K TV (2023)

Falling into the mid-priced range, the Hisense U8 is available in five sizes -- from 55 inches up to a massive 100 inches. The TV uses mini-LED technology to deliver excellent detail, brightness and color. You get a maximum screen brightness of 1,500 nits, plus Quantum Dot technology that can display more than 1 billion shades of color. The U8 also supports Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10, HDR10+ Adaptive and HLG -- allowing for accurate colors, really deep blacks and bright whites.

Even without adding a soundbar or surround sound system, this TV gives you a five speaker, 2.1.2 channel sound system that supports Dolby Atmos. The speaker system can generate up to 50 watts of audio power. 

When it comes to watching live sports and high-action movies, it's the up-to-144Hz refresh rate and the local dimming technology from the mini-LEDs that bring the programming to life. It's all powered using the GoogleTV OS, which makes it easy to find whatever you're in the mood to watch, from any of the streaming services you subscribe to (including Paramount+ for watching the Big Game).

Other features built into this TV include Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit compatibility, Apple AirPlay, Chromecast, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, an Ethernet port, four HDMI ports, two USB ports and a digital audio outlet port. The TV comes with a voice remote.

Best premium 8K TV for watching the Big Game: Samsung 65" Neo QLED 8K TV (QN900C)

The Samsung 65-inch Class Neo QLED 8K TV is truly a premium smart TV. In this case, you get an extremely thin display with no visible bezel. It uses Quantum Matrix Pro technology, mini-LEDs and more than 33 million pixels to deliver a picture quality that's unparalleled by any of Samsung's other TV offerings.

The TV's Neural Quantum Processor 8K does an amazing job upscaling non-native 8K content using a vast palette of vibrant and accurate colors. The anti-reflective display also offers a very wide viewing angle. And for sound, the TV supports Dolby Atmos, Object Tracking Sound Pro and Symphony 3.0. 

Regardless of what content you watch, the Samsung 65-inch Class Neo QLED 8K TV creates detailed and smooth viewing that offers a stunning preview of what TV will become. If you're planning to watch the Big Game from a TV at home, this is the TV you want. 

The 8K resolution technology, combined with the 120Hz refresh rate, showcase more detailed and smoother action than what's ever before been possible on a consumer television. A 65-inch, 65-inch and 85-inch version of the QN900C is currently available.

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