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Not all TVs are created equal when it comes to watching sports. While most of the best TVs these days deliver decent picture quality, when it comes to shopping for the best TV for sports, it’s about more than just the colors you see on display. With fast-moving action and numerous players, fans and scores to keep track of on screen, you need a TV that can handle all of the flurry — without getting blurry.

What Are the Best TVs for Sports?

The best televisions for sports offer big-screen viewing with features that minimize blurring and banding. It’s all about the way your TV screen handles motion. We looked for TVs with deep contrasts and the ability to pick out tiny details too, so you can easily read the scoreboard, for example, or see the numbers on the back of the jerseys without having to squint or get up close. Here’s what else to keep in mind when shopping for a good TV for sports.

Motion Blur: Motion blur refers to images on screen that look fuzzy and out of focus, Motion blur typically occurs when there’s a fast-moving image, say, when a baseball is stuck by a bat, or when a NASCAR vehicle whizzes around the track. On cheaper TVs, the ball or car will lose detail and look less distinct. Look for TVs that have built-in settings to reduce motion blur.

Stutter: If you’re using your TV to watch sports, it’s important to look for a TV for low stutter. Not to be confused with judder (more on that below), a TV’s stutter refers to the way a static image can sometimes be held on screen in between frame transitions. The effect creates a slight pause in the action, rather than smooth transitions from frame to frame. You’ll notice it for example, when a touchdown has been scored and you can hear the crowd cheering, but the picture still shows the football in the air. Basic TVs often have to “catch up” to the action on screen because of stuttering.

Judder: Judder, meantime, refers to the jerky movements that come on screen when the motion interpolation of the TV cannot keep up with the signal coming into the box. It’s not often noticeable, as most TVs these days use something called 3:2 pulldown to match the frames coming in through the signal with the frames displayed on your TV. Still, some of the picks on our list offer settings to help reduce judder.

Input lag: A television’s input lag is the amount of time that elapses between a picture being generated by a source and that image appearing onscreen. The lower the lag the better. This affects the way you watch sports, but it’s especially important for gamers, since every second counts in gameplay — you don’t want there to be any lag at all.

Refresh rate: Refresh rate refers to how many times per second the image on the screen refreshes. The higher the refresh rate, the better a TV is at handling fast motion, making it an important consideration for sports. You’ll get a smoother picture with less blur. Most TVs have refresh rates of 60Hz and 120Hz.

Screen Size: All of the picks on our list deliver big-screen viewing, with a minimum screen size of 55 inches, though you can follow the links in our piece to choose other sizes as well.

  

1. LG OLED65CXPUA 65-Inch 4K Smart OLED TV

LG was a pioneer in developing OLED TVs and this model showcases the technology in all its full (colored) glory.

Millions of pixels work together to create brighter colors and crisper contrasts to place you firmly in the middle of the action for a more immersive fan experience. With the ability to control every pixel individually, the OLED system delivers a more accurate and life-like picture — especially great when watching sports.

LG’s α9 Gen 3 AI Processor upscales everything to 4K (or as close to 4K as possible), while its OLED “Motion Pro” setting helps to reduce stuttering during fast action sequences (say, while an athlete is running a play on the field, or while watching a chase scene in a movie). NVIDIA G-SYNC and FreeSync tech help to eliminate any lag during gaming too, so your gameplay is smooth and uninterrupted. This unit has a high refresh rate of 120Hz.

Control the TV using the included remote or set it up to work with your favorite voice assistant — Google Assistant or Alexa. LG’s webOS platform essentially turns the TV into a home base for entertainment, making it easy to find your streaming apps and to find your favorite content. You can also set alerts to pop up when your favorite teams are playing, so you can easily switch to the game or check the scores — even while you’re watching other content.

At the end of the day, your team’s performance on the field or track will only look as good as the screen it’s on, and this LG TV adds Dolby Vision IQ to automatically adjust picture settings based on your lighting conditions and what you’re watching. Dolby Atmos, meantime, delivers a 3D surround sound experience so you can hear ever rip, roar and rumble at home.

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2. SAMSUNG Q60T Series 65-inch Class QLED Smart TV

Samsung’s entry-level QLED punches above its weight with low input lag, well-defined contrasts and a dazzling end-to-end display that fills the screen with big, bright pictures.

Samsung’s QLED technology uses quantum dots to produce more than a billion shades of color. What that means: a wider range of shades and contrasts, that better mimic what’s happening on screen.

Contrasts are surprisingly sharp, even in daylight; there’s no mistaking the colors on the field or the numbers on a scoreboard. Samsung says that’s thanks to a series of dedicated warm and cool LED backlights, that help to bring out contrasts and details for crystal-clear viewing.

The Q60T uses a 60Hz panel which is decent enough for most things you’ll be watching on TV. You also have the option of enabling a “Picture Clarity” setting in the menu to access motion interpolation — a type of video processing that works to eliminate judder.

This Smart TV is compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa to let you control settings using your voice. You can also use the TV as your home’s smart hub, to set the temperature, turn off the lights, unlock the door and even run your robot vacuum without ever leaving the couch.

SAMSUNG Q60T Series 65-inch Class QLED Smart TV

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3. TCL 65-Inch 6-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision QLED Smart TV

I had two TVs going during my last Super Bowl party and by the end of the first quarter, everyone has repositioned themselves around this TCL 6-Series setup.

The TV delivers incredibly realistic images, with none of the annoying filters or “glossiness” that some manufacturers use to disguise less-than-ideal picture quality. Instead, TCL boasts a powerful AiPQ Engine, which uses machine-learning algorithms to optimize colors, contrasts and clarity. What you see is exactly what’s being broadcast, with everything upscaled to as-close-to-4K quality as possible. The addition of Dolby Vision HDR helps to pick out even the tiniest details, so you see every angle of the game from every inch of the large 65-inch screen.

TCL’s mini-LED technology lights up the screen with a wide gamut of colors, so every inch is illuminated with the same brightness and vivacity. It’s extremely noticeable when you’re watching sports and you want a clear shot of the entire field so you can — literally — get a wider field of vision.

Motion handling is smooth, and we barely noticed any lag or stuttering. Turn on TCL’s THX-certified “Game Mode” combined with the TV’s variable refresh rate for ultra-smooth gameplay with no smearing or input lag.

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the official brand ambassador for TCL since 2018 and when we interviewed him about the collaboration, he said he signed on because of how easy and accessible the TV was for sports fans. There’s very little you have to learn to start watching right away, the action on screen is always crisp and in focus, and the picture quality won’t fade out — even if the game goes into overtime.

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4. Hisense 55-Inch Class H8 Quantum Series Android 4K ULED Smart TV

This Hisense H8G quantum series ULED TV gets you super bright 4K images that pop off the screen, with Dolby Vision HDR enhancing colors and bringing out the little details in every scene. Dolby Atmos sound creates a true home theater experience.

The TV delivers a native refresh rate of 60Hz. It’s got very low input lag for gaming, and it’s a good choice for watching sports. In our experience there’s very little stutter or motion blur.

At 55 inches, this is the smallest screen size on our list but you get an end-to-end display in a slim and sleek package. Control the TV via the easy-to-use voice remote or through an Alexa-enabled device (sold separately).

Need more proof that the Chinese electronics brand is making a play for sports fans? Hisense recently inked a deal with former NBA star Dwyane Wade to be its first U.S. brand ambassador.

Hisense 55-Inch Class H8 Quantum Series Android 4K ULED Smart TV

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Tyra Banks Sends a Message to Haters Amid DWTS Criticism

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Tyra Banks is no stranger to calling out her haters.

During the latest episode of Dancing With the Stars, which aired on Tuesday, Sept. 22, the newly appointed host admittedly “messed up” her lines—and viewers were quick to call her out. In a response to the negative commentary, the supermodel took to TikTok right after the show to address her naysayers.

“Tonight I hosted the second episode of Dancing With the Stars and yeah, it wasn’t perfect,” confessed the OG Top Model. “Yeah, I had a lot of fun but I messed up, I said the wrong words, but I kept, kept going.”

She even compared her slip-ups to 18-year-old Skai Jackson, who made a noticeable misstep during her performance that almost caused her to fall atop professional dancer and partner Alan Bersten.

“She got back up and she kept going, and because of that she’s here for another week,” Tyra said. “So the message is: I messed up this week, Skai messed up this week, but we’re gonna keep on going and going.”

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Demi Lovato Very Close To Ending Things With Fiancé Max Ehrich??

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Is Demi Lovato finally paying attention to the red flags fans raised about her fiancé Max Ehrich?

It would appear so, as a source close to the couple told Page Six they’re now struggling to make their whirlwind relationship work following their lightning-fast engagement period! The insider explained that although the couple isn’t broken up yet, they are likely on the express train to splitsville, telling the outlet:

“It’s not over yet, but it’s on its way there.”

Wow, quick turn!

Related: Selena Gomez Felt ‘Pressure’ To ‘Show Skin’ Early In Her Music Career!

Last we heard, the Disney alum was “head over heels” for The Young and The Restless actor, despite the fact that he recently came under fire when followers found out about his history of leaving thirsty messages for Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, and Gigi Hadid.

Demi shut down the gossip at the time, claiming the incriminating screenshots were doctored by trolls. She wrote:

“It’s really sad when people FAKE images to put women against each other. If women have conflict that’s between them NOT YOU.”

Unfortunately, there were more receipts Demi couldn’t claim were fake — like the slew of suspicious videos circulating where Max is shown professing his love and admiration for the Rare singer on camera. See for yourself (below) if you haven’t already:

 

Due to recent social media behavior, fans speculated that Demi wised up to the information presented to her by the internet and pulled the plug on her relationship with Ehrich. Lovato’s bodyguard and sister both unfollowed the 29-year-old actor on Instagram, and neither Demi nor Max have “liked” each other’s last several social media posts.

Related: Drew Barrymore Dishes On ‘Terrible’ Dating App Experience

As we reported, the OK Not to be OK singer and Ehrich got engaged in June after dating in self-isolation for just a few months. After the actor was called out for his apparent Selena obsession, sources revealed that several members of Demi’s inner circle started to question if Max was truly her OTP.

The insider dished:

“People close to Demi have expressed that they are worried and are hesitant about Max… She is head over heels for Max and doesn’t want to be heartbroken. She truly cares about Max and wants to think his intentions are genuine.”

Sounds like gurl finally took their advice!

Do U think this couple is officially over or what, Perezcious readers?

[Image via FayesVision/WENN/Demi Lovato/Instagram]

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Oktoberfest Beer and Blood: Interview with series director Hannu Salonen

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We chatted with Oktoberfest Beer and Blood director Hannu Salonen about his bold, provocative, and thrilling new series, releasing on Netflix Oct. 1!

As we dive headfirst into fall, Netflix is gearing up to release another German series that is sure to enthrall audiences across the globe. Oktoberfest Beer and Blood is a captivating historical retelling of the bloody events in the famous German celebration’s early years.

I had the chance to chat with the series director Hannu Salonen (Arctic Circle) via an email interview. I also watched the first few episodes of the series, and I think audiences will enjoy it!

Note: There are some very mild spoilers ahead for the show.

Before diving into the interview, let me tell you a little about the series. Co-written by Ronny Schalk of Dark fame, Oktoberfest Beer and Blood centers around Curt Prank, a show master and brewer who wants to change Munich traditions. Beer becomes a mediator between all of the characters as they fight for power. Family battles, secrets, and power struggles make it evident that there is no beer without the cost of blood.

Not only is Oktoberfest Beer and Blood a visually stunning period piece, but it has a lot of surprising comedic moments, heart, romance, and shocking violence. Who knew beer would be so dramatic?

Show Snob: Oktoberfest is such a renowned festival nowadays, we have a theme park here, not sure if you’ve heard of it, Busch Gardens — which promotes Anheuser-Busch — where it’s one of the themes in a section of the park. But I’ve never known much about its history despite its enduring popularity. What sparked the idea to explore Oktoberfest’s evolution, and what made you think it would serve as a great crime drama?

Hannu Salonen: Besides German engineering art, Oktoberfest is one of the best known German brands globally and the largest folk fest on earth. But even here, people are not familiar with the origins of Oktoberfest. It wasn’t always about those huge tents for 10,000 people. It was quite the opposite. It was more of a bunch of wooden huts with some farmers showing off their cows and bulls along with a horse race.

We show the transition from one state into another: a man named Georg Lang came to town and changed everything about Oktoberfest. He was called “Crocodile Georg,” because he wore boots made out of crocodile leather. It was practically impossible for an outsider to operate business-wise during Oktoberfest, but he managed to pull through. In 1898, he built the first huge tent for 6,000 people.

He was also a show business guy and established the idea with the big band, whereas before his era, only some lonesome piano men and fiddlers had been playing in the huts. Additionally, he invented THE drinking song called “Prosit auf die Gemütlichkeit” (“Cheers to the coziness”). Obviously, Georg Lang served us as a kind of a prototype in this social Darwinist game where the survival of the strongest prevails.

It’s interesting to me because it feels like even today there’s a type of a hush about this guy – he was and stayed a stranger. He was like a knife in the flesh of the mighty ones of Munich at that time and scarcely anybody knows this backstory. One of my producers who originates from Munich dug out the character during his search for intriguing aspects about Oktoberfest.

Director Hannu Salonen behind the scenes of Netflix series Oktoberfest Beer and Blood – Courtesy of Lauren Mennuti from Impact24 PR

Show Snob: Watching Oktoberfest Beer and Blood, I was reminded of some of the other big crime dramas like Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos. Did any of those series serve as an inspiration for the show?

HS: I gain inspiration from series that adventure into the true depths of its characters and lets them dive into potentially dark and murky waters of missing dignity, where moral and ethics share a certain biblical or at least a mythical dimension in terms of its universality.

So in this genre, you quickly end up with the kind of visual language and approach that relates to that “Biblicality”. It’s about very archaic features of the human condition – a touch of Shakespeare always resonates underneath. I didn’t seek to take after any given show, least of all a masterpiece like The Sopranos.

Show Snob: Speaking of, Curt Prank is a really layered, complicated man at the forefront of this show, what were your goals when creating his character?

HS: The process wasn’t black and white. The complexity of life and morals were always bound to stay in the foreground and it was essential to show the inner contradictions of each character. Each of them will become flawed, most of them are stained with blood in the course of the show, at least in terms of ethics.

In the case of Prank, I really wanted to characterize a self-made man with an extremely poor background and a childhood as an orphan without a home. A man who has faced an uphill battle, but managed to entirely become someone else. For me, Prank is like a king of entertainment, a pop star of his time. But it was always about the engine inside of him, the motor – what does this man actually want to compensate?

Of course, he’s a “the end justifies the means” type of guy, but he certainly just wants to be a good father and an accepted and beloved member of the establishment. It’s tragic that he probably never will achieve that status by not having the right pedigree.

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Oktoberfest Beer and Blood – Photo Courtesy of Dusan Martincek/Lauren Mennuti from Impact24 PR

Show Snob: I was surprised by how many genuinely humorous moments there were in the series, did you guys create the series with the intention of blending genres?

HS: I see myself as a big child in a sandbox playing with my characters. The sandbox is the setting, in our case, Oktoberfest. The shovel is perhaps the molding device, it defines the style and the genre. I just love having different shovels. I make them go together although they differ in size, color and form.

Humor and irony are, to a certain extent, essential to the whole series. I wanted to be free and stay childish about the fact that it’s a period piece. Lots of times the period stuff tends just to be awestruck by history or the setting alone not waging into the dimension of being courageous enough to mold that world according to your needs. I didn’t want to make a documentary, it wasn’t about observing the events from a distance. The opposite was my goal – to dive into the middle of the whole mess. I wanted the audience to really feel it, not just be casual observers.

Humor is the funny thing here. This isn’t an easy subject in Germany. I originate from Finland which culturally has a very dark, kind of low-profile and very ironic sense of humor. Self-irony is not really a very German character trait. Nobody understood my jokes when I first came here, but my friends here are totally different though, modern, self-reflecting people with tons of humor.

I find it kind of funny when this murky character Glogauer gets the beer tap struck straight into his leg at the end of episode one. The blood starts pouring from the tap and he struggles to turn it off. That scene was cut to a bare minimum for broadcast. I hope we get more confident with what we show on TV because in the tests the audience loved it.

Show Snob: Could you foresee Oktoberfest Beer and Blood running for several seasons?

HS: There’s definitely a bunch of intriguing stuff still to be told, but sometimes there are moments where things tend to repeat themselves and the conflict ceases to vary.

As far as I’ve understood, the fourth season of Ozark will be the last. I love Ozark but I think it’s reasonable to bring it to a grand end instead of repeating the same conflicts manifesting similar predicaments. Head writer Ronny Schalk, DP Felix Cramer, and I would love to keep having other adventures and accept new challenges.

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Director Hannu Salonen behind the scenes of Netflix series Oktoberfest Beer and Blood – Courtesy of Lauren Mennuti from Impact24 PR

Show Snob: Do you think there might be a difference in the way American audiences respond to Oktoberfest Beer and Blood versus German audiences?

HS: I think this might be the case, even in Germany since the country is extremely heterogeneous. The North is very different from the South. The Bavarians will see the show with different eyes. Some people that hate the folk festival Oktoberfest might not even take a peek because they despise the beer drinking and bad behaving of today.

But, of course, the show isn’t about that – it’s really about much bigger things that might be considered as universal. That’s why the series might then again be perceived in a quite similar way in America as in Europe despite the cultural differences. The difference is that to the Bavarians it’s the holy cow here.

I’ve always said I’ll either be made an honorary citizen of the free state of Bavaria or I’ll be expelled. But seriously, I could imagine Oktoberfest Beer and Blood being quite accessible to American audiences. Ultimately, it’s a Bavarian western.

Show Snob: Was there anything you guys wanted to have in the series you were unable to do because of budgetary constraints?

HS: A whole bunch of things! If I started to specify them, it’d take days. It’s always about the thin line between storytelling and production value. Neither one must suffer whatever financial constraints you might have. There’s just no excuse, you have to fulfill both.

It’ll always mean struggle but that’s what I like about it: you stay creative in the search for optimal solutions. The silver lining is that struggle forces you to be innovative.

Show Snob: What are you most excited for people to see and what do you hope viewers take away from the show?

HS: I am very thrilled to see if large audiences embrace such a radical approach to a period piece, which, for me, was the only proper way to approach the series. How can you make a show about a character like Prank without having his energy level? I want to be fearless. If you have fear you just don’t get there.

I could imagine that some people might reflect upon our story in terms of what it means to a society when morals and ethics eradicate. What it means if you selfishly just pursue your own benefits. We see that the characters have in some way stepped over to the dark side.

There’ll always be an excuse for doing the wrong thing. It’d be great if Oktoberfest Beer and Blood manages to provide a remedy for a plain but difficult task: doing the right thing.

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Are you planning to watch Oktoberfest Beer and Blood when it debuts on Netflix next month? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Oktoberfest Beer and Blood will premiere on Netflix on Oct. 1. 

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