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JVC is back in the driver’s seat when it comes to big value flatscreen TV, with the week’s smartest 4k telly deal.
This 50-inch flatscreen, model LT-50CA890, is currently listed at £399.99 by the brand, which is exclusive to Currys PC World.
Why do we rate it?
The set is a smart 4k UHD model with HDR support that runs Google’s Android TV smart operating system.
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JVC was once synonymous with VHS, the home video format that made the corner video store the go-to destination for home entertainment. Today, streaming services have taken the place of the rental store, and there is plenty of content available through this TV.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to streaming options on Google’s Play Store.
Furthermore, Freeview Play, the most recent version of the Freeview TV system, includes all of the major catch-up TV players built-in (BBC iPlayer, ITVHub, C4, My5, UKTV Play). A seven-day retrospective programme guide makes it simple to find shows you may have missed.
JVC has kept things simple in terms of design: a thin bezel surrounds the panel, which sits atop a central wireframe pedestal. However, there are (only) two HDMI inputs for a TV box, media streamer, or games console. With a depth of 62mm, the set should fit most AV furniture.
Android TV is a smart functionality powerhouse. There is a built-in Chromecast that allows you to cast content (photos, videos, music) from an Android smartphone, and Google Assistant is also available if you want to use voice control for programme searches.
The audio output is rated at a healthy 20W, but I would recommend saving up for a soundbar. Because of the thinness of this flatscreen, you’ll want a sonic upgrade to match the big picture.