Do these have Freeview Play? I have this on my Android TV and I would never be without it now. Also I have Retroarch on the Android TV with Koidi. I know the interface can be slow but the control you get is really very good.
The chipsets on Philips tend to be very old as are on many TVs. Rather than buy new, a fast plugin, like the Fire Stick can sometimes be better.
Android TV is the least reliable and the most sluggish in my experience of using the OS. The Philips Android TV I had was unbearably slow and often would not come out of standby without a power cycle.
I mate lesson learned, the cheek of it asking me to pay even more money after 2 faulty sets, told them too organise a collection for this TV I’ll have a refund.
Just get a refund mate and save up for a new one. If the price is too good to be true it is for a reason.
DO NOT BUY FROM THIS SELLER! I got an LG OLED 55 CX Grade C from this seller last week for £685, 1st Set arrived with a fault image attached, 2nd set that arrived after an exchange just flickers at random points. Absolutely shocking. Messaged seller for a 2nd time about 2nd set been faulty and they replied they don’t have any more CX models in stock. I pointed out they had a 48” version in stock according to their eBay page and was told I’d need to pay the difference of £132 since it’s on sale at £819. Absolutely shocking service. Wouldn’t recommend them to anyone! Both did turn up looking new but faults say otherwise. I thought it was shocking how they advised me to pay even more money after receiving 2 faulty sets. Joke seller. Edit: After a power hard reset on the 1st set, this fault did disappear but I wasn’t willing to take the chance on this set as that doesn’t look normal to me, looks like a fault cable inside the TV or something. 2nd set even worse just flickers at random points like the screen backlighting is about to go. Poor.
Refurbished C grade OLED from eBay with three month warranty. What could possibly go wrong? (horror)
No no and no. Avoid.
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I think this is a great deal; however, QLED is not a waste at least if you buy higher end QLEDs. I have both an OLED (Phillips POS9002 only about 20 nits below the CX) and a QLED ( Samsung Q90T). The Q90T is a very good TV. OLED fan boys really do ignore the negitve stuff of OLED and just focus on the "Blackest Blacks" and infinite contrast bit. The problem is the blacks are sometimes too black (Black Crush). OLED can't do near black as well as a well QLED - look it up, it is an inherent problem with the technology. The blacks are very good in the Q90T with minimal blooming - you have to look for it or be ultra sensitive to it. I think the cheaper QLEDs aren't great and do suffer with blooming but I hardly notice it on the Q90T. I personally hate blooming especially from side lit models so would pick up on it. I love both my TVs but for slightly different reasons. There is a reason QLED sets sell and it isn't because people who buy them are all just stupid and conned. There are plenty of professional reviewers who have one for daytime viewing and before someone says "Well modern OLED is quite capable of daytime viewing" etc, so is QLED capable of nighttime viewing. Just each is slightly better in a certain circumstance. Both technologies are maturing and much closer to each other than before.
Nobody has any reason to waste money on a qled now… oled is so cheap qled should die now along with other lcd displays
I got this TV last week to replace a decade-old plasma and it literally blows it out the water. Nightmare to unpack mind you; I chose to lift it using the foam blocks... this panel is so razer thin it made me anxious.
Odd because if you read your warranty it’ll clearly see screen retention is not covered. Well done for getting it replaced though but I wouldn’t bet for Currys to replace every screen burn TVs.
These TVs have anti burn in functions.They have something called pixel orbiting which moves the pixels slightly on fixed signs/bands etc. They can also dimm the brightness of the logo static band Down. When put in standby they run a screen refresh after so many hours of use which prevents burn in issues thats why you should always leave them on standby. You can run the refresh manually as well. I don't think burn in is a real issues on moderns OLED TVs due to this. Most of the horror stories if you look relate to 2018 and earlier models that did not have this technology built in .
Does anyone know if this TV has issues with screen burn? Thanks
We sent it back because it was too big for our room. It was beautiful though, literally like having a cinema in your front room. The image was just out of this world. To my mind at that size, it is a cinema room tv not an everyday family tv, but thats more to do with the size as anything else. We replaced it with the 55” instead which fits the room and went up to tx1500 model which has the same panel, upgraded pro processor, 120hz output, extra upward firing speakers plus a 80w amp in built. When you crank it a bit you get a fairly fairly competent soundscape. I know it would be better to have an external speaker system, but one built into the tv brings house harmony. ;)
Fair enough, packaging is unlikely to be refreshed but the seller is obligated to follow the rules. Aside from any energy consumption, how is it?
When mine arrived the sheet was inside the box and said a rated. I expect a court would not expect a company to retroactively open every box and update the sheet in thousands of items, but simply to ensure stock created after the new law came in was aporopriately labelled.
Freeview: Watch DTT Channels for Less
Freeview was the first digital TV platform in the UK, taking on the mantle from terrestrial TV and offering programming from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. The range of channels on offer has expanded since it started in 2002, and Freeview has also added Smart TV and HD capabilities but it remains totally free. Here's what you need to know to get started.
Digital TV at the Lowest Possible Price
TV used to be simple. You just purchased a set and hooked it up to an aerial, and you would have access to the four (or five) main UK channels, but nothing more. When satellite TV came about in the 1980s, things started to change. If you had the money, you could access a range of new channels featuring movies, sport, news, shopping, documentaries and drama.
However, it was the advent of digital TV in the mid to late 1990s that changed everything. Suddenly, UK homes could receive hundreds of channels and use small boxes to call up menus with all the information they could ever need. Programs could also be saved for later, doing away with video cassettes, which have no faded from memory.
Freeview emerged as one of the most popular ways to access digital TV. Founded in 2002, it was the product of an alliance between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and transmission companies. The idea was that Freeview would be the natural successor to old-style terrestrial television, placing a basic range of digital channels within reach of every single TV owner in the country.
The selection of channels on offer from Freeview has steadily expanded until, as of 2014, the service could offer 60 digital channels and 15 HD channels, along with 25 digital radio stations as well as text services.
Since 2008, every single new TV sold in the UK has included Freeview as part of its software, although owners of older TVs need to purchase a Freeview Box to access the service. However, not all new TVs are equipped to receive Freeview HD, which is separate from standard Freeview.
Why Would You Need to Use Freeview Anyway?
Freeview is the leading free means of accessing digital TV in the UK, so if you are keen to watch major channels but don’t want to pay for boxes from providers like Sky or BT, it’s a good option to go for. The range of channels may not include many premium channels from those other broadcasters, but it is still fairly impressive, with options including:
The BBC iPlayer – BBC’s online streaming service, which provides access to almost all of the corporation’s content from the past few weeks and plenty of archival shows as well, and some exclusives that can only be seen on iPlayer.
The ITV Hub’s – Features channels like ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITVBe, ITV4 and CITV and shows ITV programs for 30 days after their initial broadcast.
All 4’s – Channel 4’s video on demand service, featuring most recent content from Channel 4, Film4, E4 and More4, which is made available for 30 days after its initial broadcast.
Demand 5’s – Channel 5’s video on demand service (also known as My5), including some high-profile US imports like House or Grey’s Anatomy. Offers Channel 5 shows for 30 days after broadcast.
UKTV Play’s – Features programs broadcast by UKTV channels, which include Alibi, Dave, Drama, Eden, Gold, Good Food, Home, Really, W and Yesterday.
As well as these streaming services, Freeview also includes plenty of other digital channels like QVC, Ideal World, Spike, MovieMix, R&C, Quest, the Travel Channel, Challenge, True Crime, Viva, CBS Action, TBN, CBS Reality, TruTV, the Horror Channel, Talking Pictures, Blaze and the Craft Channel.
You can also access new services like Russia Today, Al Jazeera, BBC News 24, BBC Parliament, Sky News and Africa Live.
Freeview: TV the Other Way
Using Freeview Play
All of Freeview’s shows and channels can be accessed via a built-in TV guide app called Freeview Play, which also makes it easy to store and schedule recordings, set playlists, access archived TV shows and browse future schedules.
However, while all TVs made since 2008 have included Freeview as part of the package, they have not included compatibility with Freeview Play. Freeview themselves note that most 2016 TVs still lack the ability to use the service, although all TVs made by Panasonic, LG, JVC, Finlux and Humax will include it.
To access Freeview Play you need to connect your TV set to a broadband internet service at no extra cost beyond the price of broadband. You will also need to have an aerial connected to the back of your TV. If everything looks good, you should find that your TV automatically tunes into Freeview Play when it turns on.
Remember, only Freeview Play compatible TVs can access this feature, so it might be necessary to upgrade your TV if you want the free on-demand digital channels that Freeview provides.
Different Versions of Freeview
Freeview’s services come under a number of different packages, with the main options including:
Freeview Play – As discussed above, Freeview Play allows you to download older shows and scroll through current shows via an easy to use TV guide app, and it’s all free of charge.
Freeview HD – Provides access to 15 HD channels carried by the Freeview service, including BBC 1 & 2, 4 HD, 5 HD and ITV HD. To access these channels, you will need an HD TV that has Freeview HD included with its software, so double check when you are making a TV purchase if you want to access these popular HD channels free of charge.
What Kinds of Boxes Are Needed to Get Freeview Up and Running?
Freeview boxes come in a variety of models, with different options for HD and standard TVs, and the added functionality of Freeview+ boxes, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. Here are the options you’ll have to choose from:
Standard Freeview boxes – The default option for many Freeview customers (and the cheapest), basic boxes are essentially just digital TV tuners that hook you up to the channels offered by Freeview but do very little else.
Freeview+ boxes – Designed to work with Freeview’s standard programming, boxes are more sophisticated than other models and enable users to rewind, pause and record shows with ease. They also allow you to carry out series link recordings, making it much easier to watch whole seasons of shows and queue up recordings so that you don’t miss a thing.
Freeview HD box – Specialist Freeview HD recorders are available that allow users to access the range of HD channels available from the Freeview network, so it’s basically an HD tuner. Not all HD recorders have this capability, so double check that the model you are looking at has Freeview HD compatibility.
Freeview+ HD boxes – A step up from standard Freeview HD boxes, Freeview+ HD boxes allow you to record, rewind and pause shows and to queue up series for viewing at your leisure.
Standard Freeview+ boxes with upscaling capabilities – Some Freeview+ boxes don’t offer HD quality images but can still access Freeview’s HD channels via a technique called ‘upscaling’ which boosts the pixel resolution of images. You’ll need an HDMI cable to enjoy the advantages, but this type of box can be a cheaper alternative to buying a true HD TV.
Connecting a Freeview Box: Things to Consider
Before you can access Freeview’s channels, you will need to ensure that your TV and box can connect to the system. To do so, you will need to connect your TV to an aerial, which is best placed outdoors and has to have a functioning connection to the aerial point in your TV room.
For most people, this isn’t a huge problem, as Freeview works just fine with existing TV aerials. However, in some cases, users discover that their aerial is malfunctioning, resulting in a grainy image when they turn their Freeview box on. In those instances, the best option is to bring in a professional aerial installer to iron out the problems.
When you have an aerial connected properly, all that is needed is a Freeview compatible TV. You should be able to access free digital channels automatically. If you don’t have a compatible TV, you’ll need a Freeview or Freeview+ Box. Boxes are also needed if you intend to record shows to watch later.
If you have a satellite dish (from a previous Sky subscription, for example), unfortunately you can't use it to access Freeview's services. You'll need to install an aerial before you can get started.
Freeview Boxes: Typical Specifications
Not all Freeview boxes are alike, and there are some key specifications that buyers should keep in mind. For example, you might want to check:
Storage – How much video content your box can hold at any one time. At the low end of the market, you can find boxes with as little as 100GB of capacity, though 250GB or 500GB are standard. If you are a TV junkie and store a lot of series at the same time, you may want to look for something roomier, with 2TB models on the market as well. You can even find boxes that allow you to connect external hard drives, essentially making your storage capacity limitless.
Smart options – Some modern Freeview boxes are ‘smart’, which means they have many more ways of interacting with other devices. For instance, they may have sockets for USB flash sticks or SD cards, more web functionality to access services like Netflix, Spotify or YouTube.
Ports – Connectivity is another vital spec to consider. Most boxes have one or more SCART ports to hook up with TVs, it might also be handy to have USB sockets and HDMI ports for streaming digital content. Many boxes also have Bluetooth and Wi-fi connectivity, but not all of them, so look closely if you intend to connect your Freeview box up to other devices in the home.
Sound – Audio & Freeview boxes don’t just deal with HD and standard visuals. They also have an impact on the sound quality of the TV and movies you watch. Look for systems with Dolby Digital Plus for home cinema standard sound quality.
What to Think About Before Buying Freeview
Freeview is a great option if you want to access some of the UK’s favourite TV channels and record shows for later. It has a pretty impressive range of channels for a free service, an easy to use interface and doesn’t cost a thing, which is why millions of people choose to use it.
However, before you make a purchase, it’s worth thinking about which setup works best for you. You could go for a basic Freeview box and connect it to an existing TV if all you want is recordable content from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 etc.
Then again, Freeview HD offers the same selection of channels and the opportunity to enjoy movies, dramas and documentaries in incredibly high resolution. HD TVs are more expensive than standard sets, but you can defray some of the costs of upgrading by sourcing your TV content via Freeview instead of taking out BT or Sky subscriptions.
So think about whether you simply want to get Freeview working, or whether it’s time to upgrade your entire TV watching setup. There are plenty of deals on HD TVs at HotUKDeals, and many of them have Freeview HD included as standard.
Pros and Cons of Freeview
Freeview is free, offers plenty of entertainment and is easy to use, but it has its downsides. Most importantly, the range of channels suffers in comparison to other broadcasters like Sky and BT. If you love sport, you’ll probably be willing to pay extra to subscribe to BT Sport or Sky Sports, as Freeview offers hardly any sporting content.
The same almost applies to movies. While you can find Film4 on Freeview, you won’t find Sky Movies, which offers a massive array of films every week. Then again, with Smart Freeview boxes that can connect to wi-fi networks, you can access streaming services like Netflix, Blinkbox and Amazon Video, all of which host plenty of movies, so it’s not a total disaster. Freeview can actually work as an economical tool for movie buffs.
Freeview also only offers boxes and TV services, but when you take out Virgin or BT TV subscriptions, much more can be injected into the mix. For example, you can get deals on BT landlines and TV at the same time, which can be a good option for some households. It’s definitely something to think about, but may not be a deal breaker.
The fact is that Freeview offers a good entertainment solution for millions of households. There’s no better way to access the core British TV channels for free, and with services like Freeview HD and Freeview Play, Freeview competes well with the products on offer from other TV companies.
How to Make a Cheap Freeview Purchase
Customers don’t tend to buy Freeview on its own. Most of the offers you’ll find at HotUKDeals are for TVs with Freeview functionality. So, if you want access to Freeview HD, look for TVs with Freeview HD in their list of specifications. You’ll find a wide range of suitable products at retailers like Currys, Argos and John Lewis as well as eBay and Amazon sellers.
You can also head to the same retailers for Freeview and Freeview compatible boxes (like NOW TV), and there are often combo deals featuring boxes and TVs to be had as well.
The best time to check for deals is around Black Friday in November and the January Sales, when TVs are often slashed in price, but big reductions are being announced all the time. With 4K TVs being eased into the mainstream, you can often find savings on older HD TVs, with Freeview as part of the bundle.
Freeview Offers at HotUKDeals
Freeview offers a great way to watch the UK’s favourite TV channels, with content that drama fans, news hounds and comedy lovers will adore. Find the best possible deals on Freeview compatible TVs and boxes by checking the HotUKDeals Freeview listings on a regular basis.
Mine have been fine have a b7 and one of the original curved Samsungs from 2013 both fine as well. Best to buy qled if you are worried. But yes I wouldn't pay that much for a refurb. The 65e9 was 850 from there.
'Should be fine' doesn't mean a lot two or three years down the line where OLED is concerned. I know as I own one that's already experienced a screen replacement half way through five year warranty. Be careful what you wish for.
Should be fine 12 month guarantee. Bought the 65e9 from them and it's awesome
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I went for the 55C815K with the built in Onyo sound bar and sub I paid 499 for, but there's the 55C715K without the sound bar that was 350-ish a week or two ago on Costco. Both QLED and Dolby Vision, but I think the 715K is back-lit rather than Edge-lit. I've heard that the 65 inch version is 120Hz if that's an interest. I'd highly recommend these TVs that compare well to Samsung QLED, but don't offer quite the wow factor with HDR due to the max brightness. Considering you're paying half or less than Samsung QLED, I actually think they're better value.
Hi, do you know the product code (item number) or the model number for the TCL so that I can check stock at my local branch? Can only find this one on their website but its only 43inches: https://www.costco.co.uk/Electronics-Security/Televisions-Projectors/Televisions/TCL-43P615K-43-Inch-4K-Ultra-HD-Smart-Android-TV/p/356167
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I never said it wasn't.
I always dismissed burn in as a problem suffered by gamers, however look what's happened to my LG OLED OLED55C8PLA TV, noticed a week into the world snooker championship. The rectangle under 'Live -2 mins' and the other rectangle between the white Xs are burn in from the player's names. Fortunately only noticeable on plain backgrounds and even then only certain colours. Bit of a snooker fan so I assume this is as a result of all the snooker watched since the end of 2018. Burn-in on LG OLEDS is a thing.
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I have the B8 from 2019. It did get screen burn a few weeks ago which was a surprise as I not had my PS4 for a few months now. I had a 6 year gurantee from Richer Sounds that does not cover screen burn but they were good enough to reimburse the repair fee LG charged. Got the tv back last week and all good. I guess I was unlucky so don't let it put you off getting a great TV.
Yeah my point was more in relation to the amount of people in this thread that have said they've had issues with the hisense TV and had to return. In my view you can't expect something at this price to be as good as say a Samsung at £100 or more expensive. If people are okay with what this TV gives them picture and sound wise and it doesn't break then I can't see this as being anything but a good deal for the money.
My mum and Nan both have 43" Hisense models, one 3 years old, the other 2 years old. They aren't perfect, but still working the same as they were on day one.
Thought this was a great deal to stick in my sons bedroom. I've had a Hisense 50" in my living room and picture and sound has been amazing, still as good as the day I bought it. Wonder if the issue people are having is more specific to models around 40" and £300 price bracket.
Just bought a 55in 7400. Nice tv, certainly in comparison to the previous. The operating system is VIDAA 4. And the app selection is absolute crap, with no option found so far for sideloading anything sensible. Forget a browser of your choice, or a vpn. Luckily I only want it as a screen for the Shield, and so everything is on that. Lovely picture, adequate sound, and not a bad deal for the money paid.
Yeah I suppose, just thought the energy ratings were based on actual consumption of power regardless of device
I assume its to put pressure on TV manufacturers to further reduce energy usage. Having a rating of A++ means that the manufacturers are unlikely to put R&D into improving energy usage. Having a rating of G looks terrible, so manufacturers are more likely to try and improve it and "save the planet".
Why is that, if easy to explain... Seems very odd
The energy rating used to be A++, but the system changed a couple of months ago, so now all TV's have terrible ratings. No 4K TV scores better than E.
Roku is significantly better. This runs a version of Android designed for tablets. Its awful.
What makes this TV a deal? I was looking for something 43 inches for not too much, I'm leaning towards the Roku that keeps coming up refurbished for £229. Which is better https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/refurbished-hisense-r43b7120uk-43-inch-smart-4k-ultra-hd-hdr-led-roku-tv-freeview-play-renewed-3704006
All those posters that create threads in ASK for a cheap TV should be looking at this instead of hanging around for 2 days waiting for replies to their thread!