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Do you want free 4K from an antenna? Here are the 2020 TVs with built-in Next Gen TV tuners



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LG ZX series:

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IN THIS technology era of future year, free 4K TV will be launched on air throughout the United States. It is called Next Gen TV, also known as ATSC 3.0, and promises a revolution not only in resolution: for the first time you can watch 4K through an antenna, but how you watch TV streaming. There are already more than 60 stations in 40 markets, or they plan to start broadcasting before the end of the year.

Assuming you are in one of those markets, you will also need something to receive the signal. If your antenna can receive HD now, it should work well with next-generation TV signals. However, decoding those signals is a different story. You will need a new TV or a new tuner for your current TV. Twenty TVs with ATSC 3.0 tuners integrated in CES 2020 and will begin shipping this spring (sorry, none will be available in time to see the Super Bowl in 4K) So far no tuners have been officially announced, but we hope to hear something official soon.

TVs

The easiest way to get Next Gen TV is to have the tuner built into your TV. Conveniently, LG, Samsung and Sony aim to meet this year with multiple models.

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LG

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LG GX series


LG

ZX: 77 and 88 inch 8K OLED TV
WX: 65-inch 4K OLED TV with "wallpaper" style.
GX: 55, 65 and 77 inch 4K OLED TV with ultra-thin profile.
All of these are OLED and all relatively high-end. CX and BX models of standard price You will not receive next-generation TV tuners, and none of the LCD TVs (also known as NanoCell) announced LG.

Samsung

Samsung Q950TS 8K QLED
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Q950TS: an 8K flagship model without bezel in 65, 75 and 85 inches.
Q900: 8K model descending without that elegant style.
Q800: basic 8K model.
At the time of writing this article, Samsung has only announced the support of Next Gen TV on its 8K TVs. None of the company's 4K TVs have Next Gen TV tuners.

Sony

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Sony X900H

Sony
X900H: 55, 65, 75 and 85 inch 4K LCD
Although prices were not announced at CES, depending on the technology and the model number, these are Sony's mid-range models and should be cheaper than any of the Samsung or LG TVs mentioned above. None of Sony's high-end OLED and LCD TVs by 2020 will have next-generation TV tuners.

It is worth mentioning that, while Next Gen TV can support 8K, all they are discussing right now is that 4K works. The 8K TVs on this list are here, most likely, because having a Next Gen TV tuner is a new feature, and the new features are generally presented in high-end models. The Sony X900H is the notable exception.

It is safe to assume that we will see cheaper televisions with these tuners in the coming months and years.

Tuners and decoders


Most of you who read this are probably not interested in getting a new TV just for Next Gen TV. You shouldn't be either. If you don't want to get a new TV, but you still want to watch 4K TV over the air, you can buy an external tuner. There were some companies at CES that discussed the decoders, although neither prices nor availability became official. We are likely to get more information about it at the National Broadcasters Association (NAB) exhibition in April.

Zapperbox is one of those companies. He is working with BitRouter, a company that has been present since the early days of ATSC 1.0.

nother company is Apollo, a company that works behind the scenes with public television stations. They are working on a modular system design based on Android.

The current market for HDTV receivers is quite small, so it is unlikely that we will see many important names in the next generation TV space, but we will definitely see some. Next Gen TV is IP-based, so it is much easier to send it to your home network, so expect to see some novel approaches to the "tuner" concept.

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One Media, a division of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, had a prototype tuner at CES 2020. Interestingly, there was no HDMI output from the tuner. The only input was a standard RF "antenna" cable, and the only output was Cat 5 Ethernet. The connection to the TV was made through an Apple TV box, seen on the right. The idea, once received and available on your network, can watch live TV content from any device on your Wi-Fi, be it a tablet, phone or your TV. The Apple TV on-screen menu, in this demonstration, showed the broadcast channels as if you had selected Netflix or HBO.

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The Next-Ge TV tuner prototype

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Cable cut and the future 4K
According to CTA's research last year, almost a third of all households in 2018 had an antenna on at least one of their televisions, the highest since 2005. CTA estimates that approximately 19% of households have only one antenna. By way of comparison, 24% have satellite. Then there is a market here, one that seems to be growing due to cable cutting and other options. That is why so many companies and organizations are interested in Next Gen TV.

Many of the features of Next Gen TV are not yet implemented, but it is still quite early. As for the timeline, we are in the late 1990s if we use the HDTV implementation in comparison. Those first days of HDTV broadcasts were difficult at best, and were not seen by many people.

While these initial products are a promising signal, do not feel the need to rush and replace all your televisions. If a station "activates the switch" to broadcast Next Gen TV today, it must continue to broadcast an HD version for five more years.

If you are watching a lot of television and you are in one of the 60 cities that will have Next Gen TV this year, and you are looking for a new TV, the previous models should start shipping in a few months.

Do you have any questions for Geoff? First, review all the other articles you have written on topics such as why you should not buy expensive HDMI cables, explanations of TV resolutions, how HDR works and more.

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