‘Games of Thrones’ Proves Why You Need an OLED TV

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Date:30 April 2019 Author: Brendon Petersen Tags:, , , , , , ,


If you haven’t seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones, then proceed at your own risk. 


If you (like me) watched Game of Thrones’ Battle of Winterfell episode last night, you probably felt a mixture of emotions as The Night King’s undead horde overtook the Stark’s ancestral home. But if you (also like me) have an old-ish LCD TV, you probably experienced another unexpected emotion: frustration over not seeing what’s going on.

You weren’t alone:



Likely unintentionally, last night HBO created the perfect example explaining why OLED TVs are the future of home entertainment. The reason being that LCDs are horrible at night/dark scenes. Because the tech activates all pixels in a television (even if that color is black), the result is a hazy glow that muddies contrast and makes it hard to discern what’s happening onscreen—especially when thousands of people and dragons are fighting one another.

OLED, on the other hand, produces its own light and can turn off those black pixels, creating a true black that not only saves energy, but is much more color accurate. It’s even better if you can score a set with High Dynamic Range, increasing the contrast between light and dark and creating a better picture—something that would have been helpful on Winterfell’s blood-soaked parapets.

Of course, OLED TVs aren’t a universal panacea and come with their own shortcomings (when is black, too black?) but they’re overall better at handling this kind of stuff.

If you’re ready to embrace the future, you could consider these sets, which are great:

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