Free 4K from an antenna? These 2021 TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG can get it

Free 4K from an antenna? These 2021 TVs from Samsung, Sony and LG can get it

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LG

NextGen TV, Aka ATCS 3.0, is rolling out across the US. Already available in dozens of citiesHolds the promise of 4K resolution, Hdr, even more. The best thing is that it is available for free, using a standard air The antenna. Catch? To view it you will need to have a new TV or a new external tuner box.

While pretty much every TV available can receive existing antenna broadcasts, only a handful have NextGen TV tuners built into the new 2020 and 2021 TVs. They are available now or coming soon from LG, Samsung and Sony. Meanwhile some more companies sell external tuner boxes, which are obviously a lot cheaper than a whole new television. Here you need to know.

Tvs

If you are already in the market for a new TV, the easiest way to get NextGen TV is that you can buy one with a tuner built into it. Here is everyone we know so far.

LG

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LG

2020:

  • ZX: 77- and 88-inch 8K OLED TVs
  • Wx: 65 inch 4K OLED TV with “wallpaper” style.
  • Gx: 55-, 65- and 77-inch 4K OLED TVs with ultrathin profiles.

2021:

  • Z 1: 77- and 88-inch 8K OLED TVs
  • G1: 55-, 65- and 77-inch 4K OLED TVs with Neo-OLED panels

Samsung

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Samsung

2020:

  • Q950TS: Bezel-less 8K flagship model in 65, 75 and 85 inches.
  • Q900: Step-down 8K model without that fancy style.
  • Q800: Entry level 8K model.

2021:

  • QN900A: 8K Neo QLED in 65, 75 and 85 inches.
  • QN800A: 8K Neo QLED in 65, 75 and 85 inches.
  • QN90A: 4K Neo QLED in 55, 65, 75 and 85 inches.

Sony

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Sony

2020:

  • X900H: 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-inch 4K LCDs

2021:

No TV has been announced so far by other TV manufacturers in the US, including Vizio, TCL and Hisense, nextgen tuners.

Tuner and set-top-box

If you don’t want to get a new TV, but still want to see what’s on the NextGen channels in your area, you’ll be able to buy an external tuner. Right now, in these early days, there are two options.

The Zapperbox M1 by BitRouter, a company since the initial ACS 1.0 days, is a traditional tuner with HDMI output that connects directly to your TV. You can now offer for $ 249, and they aim to start shipping in the spring. They also plan on adding, through future firmware updates, the ability to connect to network-connected storage devices for DVR functionality. Also functions include streaming devices across your network, such as phones and tablets.

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Zapperbox

The HDHomeRun Connect 4K, now available for $ 200, is slightly different. There is no HDMI output. Instead, it connects to your home network, and can then view anything (including most TVs) on the network. Generally, if it can run then the HDHomeRun app available on Android and iOS, you can watch NextGen TV content through Connect 4K.

Cord cutting and 4K future

Many of the NextGen TV features are still not implemented, but it is still fairly early. If we compare HDTV roll-outs to timeline-wise late 1990s. HDTVs were the best in the early days of broadcasting, and were not seen by many.

Similar to those early HDTV broadcast days, there is not much content at maximum resolution. There was very little real HD in those early HDTV days. The same is true now. Still not a lot of 4K to watch. This is bound to change, especially since there is a lot of 4K content in general as HD was in those early days.

So if you are in one Dozens of cities including NextGen TV Now, or will be in the near future, and you are in the market for a new TV, the above models will tell you what the next TV is.

Or at least, what is it about in these early stages.


Along with covering TV and other display technology, Geoff also undertakes photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world Nuclear submarine, Large scale aircraft carrier, Medieval castle, Airplane Cemetery even more.

You can follow her adventures on Instagram and YouTube, and on her travel blog, Baldonad. He wrote a sequel as well as a bestselling sci-fi novel about city-sized submarines.

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