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    The LG B6 OLED TV is the company’s most affordable OLED television, but it’s got the same stunning picture quality you should expect from any of LG’s other OLED models, right up to the super-premium Signature G6 OLED. So, if the B6’s picture quality is the same but the TV is less expensive, what must you give up? As it turns out, the answer is very little.

    For this review, we’ll go ahead and rehash some of the glowing things we said earlier this year about LG’s OLED TV picture quality, clarify some of its outstanding features, and go over the short list of things you don’t get with this model. Ultimately, though, here’s what we want you take away: The LG B6 OLED offers the best picture quality you can buy today, at the best price yet.

    Out of the Box

    No shortage of ink has been spilled over how incredibly thin OLED TVs are, and the B6’s panel itself is certainly impressive in that respect, measuring thinner than an iPhone 6. Keep in mind that all the hardware needed to light up that panel has to go somewhere, and in the case of the B6, that place is the lower half of TV’s back panel, where the unit’s total depth is extended to about 9 inches. Even so, the TV still looks incredible mounted on a wall.

    Without its table-top stand, the B6 weighs just 35.7 pounds, and with the stand just 43 pounds.

    Riding along with the TV is an accessories box which contains our favorite iteration of LG’s Magic Motion remote (more dedicated buttons!), along with batteries for said remote and some product literature.

    Features and User Experience

    LG distinguished itself from its competition this year by offering a healthy selection of TV models which support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, two different High Dynamic Range (HDR) formats which have a noticeable impact on picture quality when watching HDR content, the bulk of which can be streamed from Netflix and Amazon or sourced from Ultra HD Blu-ray discs. Presently, Dolby Vision is only available on certain streaming programs, but it will soon be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray too, and when it is, it will offer yet another hike in picture quality for OLED owners since Dolby’s flavor of HDR can adjust to suit a TV’s contrast capabilities – a fact worth noting here since OLED currently offers better black levels than other displays on the market.

    The screen’s perfect black results in contrast that really must be seen to be understood.

    Add in four HDMI 2.0a ports with HDCP 2.2 support and you’ve got a 4K Ultra HD TV that is as well steeled against future developments as you could hope to have right now.

    WebOS 3.0 continues to serve as LG’s operating system and smart TV platform, and remains one of our favorite on the market (in a close tie with Samsung’s Tizen OS). If you don’t care for waving your remote around like a magic wand, you can always use the more conventional directional pad and enter key along with dedicated buttons for things like input selection and settings menu access. Still, I think users will find moving the cursor by aiming the remote a pretty big help when entering text for usernames and passwords.

    WebOS 3.0 also offers some convenience features like keeping apps open in the background for instant access and quick switching to and from other apps or TV channels; no need to reload Netflix every time you pop out to check on game scores – Netflix will automatically resume right where you left off, and making the switch is lightning quick.

    What you don’t get with the B6 model is a built-in premium sound system or a super-fancy “screen on glass” effect that come with some of LG’s higher-end models. I don’t miss the integrated sound bar found in the company’s flagship G6 Signature OLED much, to be honest – the B6’s sound quality is decent for such a thin TV, and better sound can be had with a third-party sound bar anyway, or, better yet, a full-on surround system.

    LG B6 OLED55B6P (2016) review

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    Most TV manufacturers are dropping 3D entirely, but I recognize some still enjoy it. Keep in mind that if you choose the B6 OLED, you must give up on your dreams of in-home 3D. If it’s any consolation, I don’t think you’ll miss it much.

    As for design, this is a very handsome TV, and it’s flat, too! No more having to accept a curved screen to get that premium OLED picture quality.


    As I stated above, the B6 offers the best picture quality money can buy today, owed mostly to its perfect black levels, but also to increased brightness over prior years, and dazzling color capabilities.

    Clearly, a lot rides on that perfect black level component. The hard fact is that LED/LCD TVs simply can’t avoid certain pitfalls due to their LED backlighting systems – there will always be some degree of light leakage, blooming, and halo around bright objects. The OLED doesn’t suffer these issues because when a pixel is off, it is completely off and completely black. This results in contrast that really must be seen to be understood. Still, I’ll try to illustrate: Imagine a scene in a film showing a big, bright moon against a dark night sky. On an LED TV, you’d notice that the letterbox bars at the top and bottom of the TV aren’t perfectly black as they should be, the dark sky appears to have a subtle shade of dark blue to it, and you’ll note that the moon’s edges are somewhat soft, with a bit of glow extending past what should be the edges. By contrast, an OLED TV will have perfectly black letterbox bars, a perfectly black night sky, and the edges of the moon will be razor sharp, with no glow spilling out onto the screen. Plus, any stars in the night sky will be tiny pinpricks of light rather than splotchy dots.

    Clean lines and outstanding contrast set the stage for everything else the B6 OLED can do. Its color is deep and vibrant, with subtle shades rendered beautifully. When you watch HDR content on this TV, you will see colors in movies you know very well were never there before. For me, that moment came when I watched JJ Abrams’ Star Trek for the 43rd time. Crimson hues burst from the crew’s uniforms, the sky took on a new shade of blue, and Uhura’s sexy, green-skinned Alien roommate, Gaila, leapt off the screen in a shade I found completely unfamiliar. You may think you’ve seen your movies before, but until you’ve seen a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray where a colorist has taken free reign in the mastering process, you have no idea what is possible.

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  2. What is Apple TV

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    So what is Apple TV? Is it even an actual TV? The answer to that is no. Despite the name of the device, the Apple TV is not an actual television.

    An Apple TV is a media streamer. It is a device which plugs into your TV or HDTV. Having one gives you the ability to watch movies, trailers, shows, and home videos right on your TV. You can also stream media from other computers or devices that are connected to your home network.

    All of the current Apple TVs have no hard drives, so they have no ability to store data on the device itself. Because of this, you can only stream content.

    The major difference between Apple TV and other content streamers, is that Apple TV is built to be compatible with other Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. If you have a home video you shot from one of these devices, you can stream it on your television, wireless through the Apple TV.

    In 2008, Steve Jobs described what Apple TV is better than anyone else. He said, “Apple TV was designed to be an accessory for iTunes and your computer. It was not what people wanted. We learned what people wanted was movies, movies, movies.”

    But that Apple TV of course can play more than movies. You can play MP3 files through it as well as display your photo collections to your family right on the big screen.

    AirPlay is the name for being able to steam different media from your other Apple devices using Apple TV. You can even play your iPad games with the screen displayed on your TV so the whole family can watch you play giant Angry Birds.

    If you have a lot of Apple devices already, Apple TV is a good choice for a content streaming device if you don’t have one already.

  3. Future of television

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    It’s easy to talk about the future of television as if it won’t exist. With all the hype surrounding streaming, you might be inclined to think that TV is close to uttering its dying breath. I know that I’ve been guilty of portraying that future, where consumers transition between linear broadcast and online streaming and people cut the cord, ditch their cable subscriptions, and consume everything over the internet. But is that really the case? Will online video replace television as we know it?

    I’m slowly coming to the conclusion that the answer to that question isn’t a simple yes or no. Although there is a lot of data indicating that online streaming is growing fast, cord-cutters are still the minority. Millennials subscribe to cable as much as any other demographic, and people are still watching five times as much television as they are streaming video. Of course, I could argue that statements like that (backed by data from Limelight Networks, Nielsen, and others) are “point in time.” They describe the now, not the future; the transition from linear broadcast to online streaming is a generational one. The long view likely reveals a different picture. But the elephant-in-the-room question remains: What’s the relationship between traditional television and online streaming? Because, really, if there’s going to be a transition at some point, it’s probably less about the technology and more about the business models. Content owners and distributors will need to understand how to migrate their existing operations (like generating revenue from ads) to a different delivery method.


    I think that when we talk now about a transition between the two delivery methods, we can’t see the forest for the trees. What we should be talking about is what is happening underneath the surface of this supposed migration—video content, as we know it, is changing. From analog to digital, from terrestrial broadcast to IP, video is becoming just a stream of data that can be transported, displayed, and consumed anywhere at any time. In fact, the BBC has been exploring object-based broadcasting, in which the output isn’t a traditional, linear stream but rather a collection of objects and metadata that can be manipulated, reassembled, and consumed by any kind of device. (A BBC blog post features some cool images explaining the entire concept.) The video viewing experience is being decoupled from where it’s watched, whether online or through traditional broadcast. It’s being deconstructed and distilled down into just a stream of bytes. The “future of television” isn’t really about how video will get delivered (broadcast vs. online) but about what we will do with the content, how we will interact with it, how the very experience of watching video will change from wherever we choose to consume it.

    If you still want to imagine what television will look like in the future, it will probably be something hybrid—a combination of live and on-demand OTT and broadcast (even if it’s over IP). But it will all be merged together. In the future that I can see, you won’t have to switch between Netflix and your programming guide. Because everything will be exposed via API, XML, and a host of other acronyms, service providers will put video sources together, mash them up, and deliver an experience that unshackles consumers from having to consume content in one specific way.

    The future of television isn’t an either/or situation. It’s not linear broadcast or online video. It’s something in between, where it doesn’t matter how the content is being delivered, or to what device. Maybe the word “transition” is the problem. Perhaps we should replace it with something more akin to what’s really happening as people consume more online video: “evolution.”