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  1. Paradoxically on hd impoverished VAST, Imparja are showing it on GEM, their so called HD channel, and you guessed it, in native HD! if you think this bad, wait until 7 gets the cricket rights later this year with the crazy 7/7HD/ mate HD/mate sd arrangements depending on where you live.
  2. See some of the 2018 Samsung TVs are now on display in the major retailers. Spotted a 65" NU8000 (edge lit LCD/LED with VA panel and HDR), listed at $3099 in JBHiFi (Rockhampton). Haven't spotted any of the QLED range yet but note the Q9 and Q8 are listed as $6999 and $5899 respectively on the Samsung Australia web site. These prices are incredibly steep and appear on par with last years QLED prices notwithstanding all of the hype about a more reasonable price structure in 2018. The good news is that the QLED 8 series appears to have a full array backlit as opposed to the European variant which is only edge lit. Understand that the TCL series 6 are FALD so if they are available in Australia, will definitely look at this cheaper option.
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    75" Recommendations

    As a footnote to the discussions above, with a retirement present to myself I budgeted $4000 to purchase an LG C7 OLED - no brainer I thought; just a visit to my local JBs to negotiate a suitable deal and fulfil a dream to own an emissive display following a dozen or so, post plasma years with LCD. In the end I surprised myself by purchasing a Samsung 75" MU7000 (edge lit LCD with a VA panel) which I picked up for $3500. My reasons are as follows: 1) 65" is no longer large enough to watch movies and streaming video. 2) $4000 budget limitations ruled out larger full array local dimming units such as the upcoming Samsung series 9 QLED or the Panasonic 900E/F. 3) not interested in any television with an IPS panel as viewing angles are not an issue for me. Overall, I have been pleasantly surprised with the performance of this set which seems to debunk many of the well publicised defects of edge lit technology. For example, screen uniformity is excellent and I have not noticed any vertical banding, haloing or light bleed. Like most mid range sets, the MU7000 responds well to good quality source material particularly 4K video, Foxtel HD etc. On the negative side, contrast/black levels and overall brightness could be better and colour saturation is pretty average although improves with HDR source material. Cheers and happy hunting.
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    disappointed with the HD quality on this series of Vikings. Looks washed out almost an upscale - same on VAST SBS HD.
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    Samsung KS7/8XXX

    Got my KS 8005 60" for $1995 at JBs Boxing Day specials. You should be able to get one for less than that. There are still a few around.
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    8K TV

    Stop dreamin guys
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    Looking half decent in HD on SBS too.
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    2017 AFL Broadcast Guide

    Checked 70 this morning and its sd. Most of regional and rural and remote Australia will be watching in sd including towns which rely on VAST for retransmission. AFL and seven dont give a damn about AFL fans in non heartland areas. Seven only concerned about maximising ratings and latee sipping McLachlin obsessed with AFLs role as a social justice warrior at the expense of ordinary supporters.
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    2017 AFL Broadcast Guide

    I am in Rockhampton in Central Queensland - no channel 60 in HD here. Does this mean we are watching the GF in standard definition. Please explain?
  10. LGs IPS panels produce a nice picture with good viewing angles but struggle with native contrast which is a deal breaker for me.
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    The problem of Netflix not resolving UHD content properly despite sufficient bandwidth is a recurring problem Australia wide. I live in Rockhampton (Central Qld) and for a while Netflix content would get stuck at 5.63 mbps despite a real download speed in excess of 30mbps on a 50mbps NBN plan. A software update on my Samsung KS 8000 has now fixed this problem for UHD source material. For the record, under current compression rates, Netflix will resolve UHD content at 7.63mbps and above. My mate in Adelaide who is on a local Wifi plan at 10mbps happily watches Netflix in UHD.
  12. Netflix at my place will commence resolving 4K content at 7.63 mbps. I find some of the issues you mention are evident in certain Netflix 4K titles and suspect it may have something to do with the HDR version, ie HDR 10 or Dolby Vision.
  13. The M series are Samsung's 2017 entry and mid level TVs. From the few RTings reviews I've seen on Youtube, they are on a par with the previous years J and K series, ie providing good contrast, screen uniformity and motion stability. Only downside is the viewing angle issue which you are aware of.