Guest Post: Don’t Get Flagged For A Poor TV

When the action on the field is fast, but you are at home on your couch, you want to be watching it on a TV that keeps pace with what is happening in the game. 

And when that game is one of the Top 10 most watched sporting events in the world, you don’t want to miss a snap. Quick facts: in 2021, nine of the top 10 most watched TV programs in the United States were NFL games (President Joe Biden’s inauguration was the only non-NFL event to crack the Top 10, coming in at No. 7). The NFL’s championship game is consistently the most watched program in the U.S. year after year, and it is annually among the most watched programs in Canada — typically only bumped from the top spot by Olympics, a Canadian NHL team in the Stanley Cup final, the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA championship and, once, by the Academy Awards. 

“When the game is that big, you don’t want to be a second behind what is going on,” says Lindsay Takashima, Vice-President of Sales, Consumer Electronics, for Hisense Canada. “It’s easy to think bigger is better when it comes to watching sports on TV, but you should be giving it more thought than that. Professional athletes move quick. You don’t want your big screen lagging or blurring. You want crisp, clear and bright colours with contrast that makes it look like they are playing right in your living room.” 

When shopping for the best TV for watching sports, Puneet recommends looking for the following: 

  • Laser — If you have the budget, the new generation of laser TVs are the way to go. Hisense’s Trichroma laser engine in the L9G reaches up to 3,000 lumens of peak brightness, earning it the title of King of the Ultra Short-Throw Projectors. Laser TVs offer massive screens, with true-to-life images that exceed the standard 4K colour range. The image produced by the laser light is precise without unwanted light dispersion, meaning the image on the screen looks more natural. 
  • QLED — Quantum dots are semiconductor nanocrystals that produce pure red, green and blue light. In a Hisense QLED TV, that means a display that is brighter, with sharper contrasts between the more than one billion colours it projects. The picture is pure and close to real. A TV with quantum dot technology is almost 20 times brighter than your standard computer monitor. Hisense’s quantum dot TVs come equipped with Dolby Vision® and Dolby Atmos® for enhanced colour and more immersive sound. 
  • Sound — What you hear from the stadium is a huge part of the viewing experience in football. The cadence from the quarterback, the crunch of a hit even the roar of the crowd — all provide the backdrop to the action. Surround yourself with the sounds of the game with a compact sound bar — big sound without taking up a lot of space, and without having to run wires all across your room. And added subwoofer will ensure you hear and feel the crunch of every hit. Absent a sound bar, or separate home theatre system, look for a TV with Dolby Atmos or dbx-tv® for a superior audio experience right from the television.
  • Clarity — Most TVs nowadays boast 4K resolution, but the more important feature you should be looking for is HDR — short for High-Dynamic Range, it means the TV has a massive range of colours, which appear brighter and in greater contrast, and provides more detail to the image on the screen — think seeing the blades of grass on the field swaying gently in the wind. 
  • Smoothness — Football moves fast, and if your refresh or motion rate is low the images on the screen will blur. Look for a refresh rate of 120Hz for a crisp, clear view of the wide receiver streaking up the sideline. Also look to see if it has an MEMC chip (Motion Estimation / Motion Compensation). MEMC is used to interpolate extra images on your TV, which is a fancy way of saying it works with the refresh or motion rate to smooth out the picture and reduce the risk of blurred action on the screen. The HDR10+ feature runs a scene-by-scene adjustment sequence for brightness, colour saturation and contrast to produce an image that is far more realistic.  

“There is a lot to look for if your primary use of the TV is going to be watching sports,” says Lindsay. “Get the most of your purchase by doing some research and getting the features that are best suited to what you want to watch.”

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