Need guidance at a glance? These are our favorite deals for the weekend of Oct. 9:
None of 2020’s scary new releases can compete with the anticipation that today’s drop alleviates: The Haunting of Bly Manor, the second of Netflix’s hit horror anthology series, is officially, finally streaming on Netflix.
Reviews are already trickling in, but if you have even a tinge of concern about spoilers, don’t read them quite yet. All you need to know is that it’s less scary (still hair-raising, and more satisfying) than Hill House and that it should be watched in 4K/UHD. Mike Flanagan didn’t make either season a show that can just be played in the background, and following along is extra difficult with so many dark scenes. 4K UHD picture ensures that shadowy content is as contrasted as possible — but OLED is the best way to guarantee that you see every detail.
Just in time, a load of 4K and OLED TVs are on sale this weekend, including Vizio’s brand new collection. What follows are our favorite deals, organized by brand, then size, then price:
OUR TOP PICK: Vizio 55-inch OLED 4K UHD SmartCast TV (OLED55-H1) — $1,199.99
After years of perfecting its high-end, low-price 4K TVs, Vizio blessed us with an OLED collection in Sept. 2020. Think the color accuracy and vibrancy of the P-Series Quantum, but better. Eight million individually-controlled pixels create what one Best Buy review calls “the best HDR (they’ve) ever seen.” It’s the perfect entry-level OLED for non-videophiles who don’t care to drop $3,000 on a TV.
True, $100 off isn’t totally groundbreaking when you’re spending over $1,000 anyway. However, that savings can cover the cost of a nice soundbar setup or almost a whole year of Netflix.
TVs over 80 inches are expensive as it is. But cutting corners by opting for the cheapest 85-inch TV you can find isn’t always the move — especially if detail-oriented entertainment like sports or gaming is part of the daily schedule. This 85-inch beauty uses AI upscaling to scan each scene and make it as crisp as possible, plus adaptive technology that adjusts brightness and blacks based on the bright sunlight (or lack thereof) in the room. Going with this model specifically gets you 20 more inches of screen compared to the 65-inch Q800T 8K model, which is on sale for the same price.
A 75-inch TV on sale for less than $800? We’re sold on that alone — but LG didn’t skimp on the quality, either. This webOS TV simplifies streaming service organization (and makes searching easy, even if you don’t know which platform carries the show or movie you’re looking for). Content is displayed on a 4K IPS display, plus an extra oomph from active HDR.
Down an extra $500 from the already-great sale price we saw last week, the 77-inch version of Sony’s 2019 A9G line is just shy of being a whole 50% off. Is it still pricey? Yes. Is it nicer than most any picture that you’ll get in a movie theatre? Yup. This OLED masterpiece is armed with the Picture Processor X1 (what Sony is calling its best processor ever) and works with Acoustic Surface Audio+ sound (dual actuators and subwoofers) to bring concert hall-like sound to each scene.