Ever wondered what's the best television for your next Netflix binge-session? The streaming service has released its recommendations for the TV ranges that offer "better usability, faster performance and new features" and make Netflix (and presumably other internet TV services too) "as easy as getting to live TV".
The chosen televisions include LG's 2017 range of 4K UHD TVs with WebOS 3.5, Samsung's 7, 8, 9, and Q-series Smart TVs and Sony's Android TVs.
However, there are a few reasons why you shouldn't necessarily rely on Netflix's recommendations, and may instead prefer to check out What Hi-Fi? for the best TVs - whether they're budget, small-screen or from a specific manufacturer like Panasonic or Samsung.
That's because for a television to pass Netflix's test, it must fulfil the majority of these criteria:
- Your TV starts up instantly and apps are ready to use right away, just like your smartphone.
- The Netflix app always launches quickly, whether it’s right after turning on the TV or after using several other apps.
- The Netflix button on the remote control powers on the TV as well as launches Netflix, so you can start your TV and get to Netflix with the press of a single button.
- The Netflix app is easy to access and convenient to launch from the TV menu.
- Your TV remembers what you were doing and wakes to the same place as when it was turned off.
- You can browse Netflix in 1080p resolution – with crisper text and clearer images.
- Your TV comes with the latest version of Netflix with the newest features.
- You can power on your TV and start using Netflix or other internet TV apps in just a few seconds.
- You can switch between apps or switch from apps to live TV and back again almost instantly.
You may notice there isn't much emphasis on picture quality or audio fidelity, but hopefully that's where What Hi-Fi? comes in.