Tv upgrade - worth paying extra for OLED?

Supahoopsa65

Novice Member
Really want to upgrade my very old 32' TV for a modern smart TV.

Interested in a LG OLED TV that is on offer in Curry's ATM. It's reduced to £1100, but I'm not put off by the price.

BUT I only have Freeview TV with the standard HD bbc channels and therefore I probably won't get the best out of an OLED TV

So do is it worth buying OLED or do I just go for a decent smart TV?

Any advice?
 

Kapkirk

Active Member
Check out the sony 48 inch OLED if you think 55 inch is too big for you, but trust us, just watching HD on an OLED is superb, plus you could subscribe to Netflix and watch their content from your telly in glorious 4K HDR and Dolby vision, There is also plenty of 4K demo's on youtube you can watch for free.
 

GAmbrose

Well-known Member
Absolutely.

My first 4k TV was a Panasonic LED. It felt like a downgrade compared to my Plasma.

But then I got an OLED in 2016 and have bought two more since. The picture is just so good.
 

PlexShaw

Well-known Member
I've only had an OLED for a couple of weeks but can honestly say that it is the best tech investment I've made since deciding to switch to using a smartphone when the iPhone 3G was released in 2008.

Even HD looks absolutely outstanding on it, with the right video settings.
 

Richardxx

Active Member
Check out the sony 48 inch OLED if you think 55 inch is too big for you, but trust us, just watching HD on an OLED is superb, plus you could subscribe to Netflix and watch their content from your telly in glorious 4K HDR and Dolby vision, There is also plenty of 4K demo's on youtube you can watch for free.
I have that Sony OLED and it looks amazing even with just a Freeview HD source. Love it.
Not bad sound for a TV either although I use a 5.1 SS system for films etc I happily use its own speakers for News and casual viewing.
 

Goldorak

Distinguished Member
Oled Will give you an experience you will not believe. Freeview is fine and free catch up services like bbc have uhd channels (dark materials for example)
But still, you need to try a Disney or Netflix at uhd and hdr to get full potential from the oled TVs…worth a try and you can find good introduction deals.
Once you also try streaming, everything changes and I hardly watch normal tv beside the news…same for family.
 

JustTheFacts

Active Member
For a very high end LED you have a light for about every 2.6 square inches (500 total on a 55 inch TV) for a OLED you have 8,294,400 lights spread across the screen.

The viewing angle which is practically unlimited on a OLED was a big seller for me.

I find SDR picture quality and motion (200 times faster refresh rate than a LED) for sports to be exceptional on my CX OLED.
 
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lynx

Moderator
Go for it, but be aware not all oled are equal.
 

WarHog

Member
How are OLED TV's with Sky Q viewing? I've read from some on here that Sky Q programmes don't look good on OLED's. We watch all our TV via Sky Q so Im hesitant to buy an OLED.
 

sebna

Member
How are OLED TV's with Sky Q viewing? I've read from some on here that Sky Q programmes don't look good on OLED's. We watch all our TV via Sky Q so Im hesitant to buy an OLED.
Not the case. I mean the compression of dark areas, so called macro blocking, is the worst of all platforms that I know on sky but the last few generations of Oleds handle it in their stride so it is all good.

Go for it.
 

5to1

Well-known Member
Oled Will give you an experience you will not believe. Freeview is fine and free catch up services like bbc have uhd channels (dark materials for example)
But still, you need to try a Disney or Netflix at uhd and hdr to get full potential from the oled TVs…worth a try and you can find good introduction deals.
Once you also try streaming, everything changes and I hardly watch normal tv beside the news…same for family.

I find Apple and Disney 4k/hdr significantly superior to Netflix/Amazon. I suspect they are streaming at higher but rates then the latter two.

Even my wife has noted it unprompted, when we watched something on Apple TV.
 

Goldorak

Distinguished Member
I find Apple and Disney 4k/hdr significantly superior to Netflix/Amazon. I suspect they are streaming at higher but rates then the latter two.

Even my wife has noted it unprompted, when we watched something on Apple TV.
Yep. Only difference is that I will not pay for apple tv for sure. You get one year free when buying their products and just watch some movies I got from them.
Disney is a must have now…can be had for 5,99 if you are with o2. Perhaps even lower.

Netflix has gotten expensive but a must have for us. Amazon pays for itself if you use Amazon prime and order via Amazon often.

All this gotten a bit expensive but all I had to do was cancel sky rip off…and I saved lots of money
 

5to1

Well-known Member
Yep. Only difference is that I will not pay for apple tv for sure. You get one year free when buying their products and just watch some movies I got from them.
Disney is a must have now…can be had for 5,99 if you are with o2. Perhaps even lower.

Netflix has gotten expensive but a must have for us. Amazon pays for itself if you use Amazon prime and order via Amazon often.

All this gotten a bit expensive but all I had to do was cancel sky rip off…and I saved lots of money

Yep, this fragmentation of streaming services is getting ridiculous. They keep going like this and they will drive us all away and many to piracy.

Unfortunately if you’re into PL football Sky have got you. Once you’re paying for Sky sports, very little extra to get the rest (I cancel and resub, so never pay above 50%). Plus I tag on Netflix as it’s cheaper getting 4k Netflix that route then direct.

Then some “smart” ass decided Sky’s PL deal was anti competitive. Fair enough, but clearly they didn’t have a clue when they came up with the answer. If they made the PL sell every game to atleast two providers that would have benefited the consumer. Splitting packages just means we have to sub to another service. So I’ve ended up with Virgin Maxit bundle, as that’s the cheapest way to get BT sport for PL and CL, by adding it to my broadband.

Then they split it further by selling PL games over Xmas to Amazon. But fortunately my wife’s a perennial student so I can get Prime student. And the additional benefits soften the blow further.

Apple TV has so little content I’d never pay for it. But one or another of our devices is being upgraded, so get it thrown in that way.

Disney plus I had for a year via my cousins sub. Kids didn’t watch a single thing. Few months after he cancelled, low and behold they wanted to watch Frozen and a few other things that were only on Disney. So I used the club card deal to get 3 months sub. They watched it a few times and now it’s off the menu. But a month after the sub finishes I’m sure they’ll find another reason they need it and lighten my wallet again.

It really is becoming ludicrous.
 

WarHog

Member
Not the case. I mean the compression of dark areas, so called macro blocking, is the worst of all platforms that I know on sky but the last few generations of Oleds handle it in their stride so it is all good.

Go for it.

Thanks, so would normal Sky Q HD channels look ok on OLED?
If I bought an OLED I would no doubt upgrade my TV subs to 4k, but would be nice to know that general watching of normal Sky Q channels would still be good.
 

Zombie Twin

Well-known Member
One of main reasons I upgrade to OLED was because, as a film fan, I got annoyed at blacks rolling off at the sides of the screen, common in other technology. With OLED switching off corresponding areas when registering as black, they are just that - black. No rolling off at the sides. So black, Spinal Tap could use it as an album cover.

The Panny GZ950 is among the best money I have spent, and I've been a home cinema enthusiast for about 30 years. When I first tested it in my light-proof HC room, when the disc was bringing up the menu, the screen went totally black and plunged everything into absolute darkness. I panicked for a few seconds, but the menu came up and I duly went for to change a soiled pair of underpants - front and back.
 

sebna

Member
Thanks, so would normal Sky Q HD channels look ok on OLED?
If I bought an OLED I would no doubt upgrade my TV subs to 4k, but would be nice to know that general watching of normal Sky Q channels would still be good.

HD channels on Sky are absolutely fine (for what they are). The main issue is with poor compression algorithms in use by Sky and those affecting near black performance but as I said current gen Oled deal with it better than ever before so you will be grand.

Dont expect BD near blacks quality but you will be fine.

I have C6 and C9 65" at home and progress made is space of 3 generations between them in this regard is astonishing and making the problem, other than some extreme examples, mostly virtual.
 

WarHog

Member
HD channels on Sky are absolutely fine (for what they are). The main issue is with poor compression algorithms in use by Sky and those affecting near black performance but as I said current gen Oled deal with it better than ever before so you will be grand.

Dont expect BD near blacks quality but you will be fine.

I have C6 and C9 65" at home and progress made is space of 3 generations between them in this regard is astonishing and making the problem, other than some extreme examples, mostly virtual.
Thanks for confirming that.

As things stand I'd like to get the Panasonic JZ2000 when they come down in price maybe early next year. Just the question of 55" or 65". We currently have a 55" TV which we sit at from about 8-10ft away which feels about right, but I would like to go bigger.
 

Sloppy Bob

Distinguished Member
We currently have a 55" TV which we sit at from about 8-10ft away which feels about right, but I would like to go bigger.

I have a 65" I sit about 8.5 ft from and am looking to upgrade to a 77".

It is in TV/Media room though. I have a 50" in the lounge but rarely use it, I'm having to use it just now as my 65" went phut the other day and I'm not paying full retail for a 77" OLED I know will be getting discounted come Black Fri/Xmas, so I'll make do unless I can find a refurb from Sony with a good warranty.
 

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