The 65-inch TCL 65C807 in the Capitol booth during CEDIA.

TCL and Hisense, both prominent makers of smart TVs based on the Roku TV platform, recently began shipping new Roku TV 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV models.

TCL revealed at the recent CEDIA 2017 that its 65-inch C-Series 4K HDR TCL Roku TV model is now available at retail, including AV specialty dealers and custom installers aligned with residential electronics distributor Capitol.

Meanwhile, Hisense revealed this week that it is now shipping its R6 4K Ultra HD Roku TV series with HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR) support.

The simply laid out and easy-to-use Roku TV platform present in both companies’ lines continues to evolve and expand, with access to more than 5,000 streaming service channels and advanced sort and search options powered by voice control.

Read more on the new TCL and Hisense Roku TVs after the jump:

The new Hisense RG model line, which was first announced at CES 2017 in January, includes the 50-inch ($449.99 suggested retail), 55-inch ($549.99) and 65-inch ($799.99) screen sizes.

All models have direct-LED backlighting, 60Hz native refresh rate panels with “120 motion rate” motion smoothing technology, Ultra HD up-scaling, a 4K digital media player and onboard DTS Studio Sound. Also included is private listening that enables plugging earphones into the Roku remote to listen to the audio of a television program while cutting sound to the set’s speakers.

TCL’s C-Series Roku TVs also feature support for 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) with support for both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision profiles.

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Among a few benefits, Dolby Vision utilizes dynamic metadata which allows grading for color and brightness levels on a scene-by-scene, and a frame-by-frame basis for a more realistic presentation than the standard HDR10 profile. That so-called generic HDR format uses only static metadata requiring that an entire movie is graded at one level from beginning to end.

Initally available TCL C-Series 4K Roku TVs include the 55-inch 55C807 ($699 suggested retail) and the aforementioned 65-inch 65C807 ($1,099). A 75-inch 75C807 ($1,999) will be shipping later, TCL said.

Other features in the C-Series include a super slim bezel design and Wide Color performance with NBP Photon Technology, which is basically a poor man’s quantum dots. The technology uses phosphor coated LEDs to produce a quantum dot-like wide color gamut coverage area. Also included are 120HZ refresh rate, LED edge-lit panels and HDR Dynamic Contrast technology to optimize brightness for each scene.

Inputs include 3 HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 (one with HDMI ARC), 1 USB (media player), RF, Composite, headphone jack, optical audio out, and Ethernet.


By Greg Tarr


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