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Best Black Friday TV deals - what can we expect in 2019?

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No, it’s not November yet, but it’s time to start looking ahead to the best Black Friday TV deals just over the horizon. Whether you’re looking for the best Black Friday deals on a 4K TV, or want to upgrade to an OLED TV before the new console generation hits, it’s never too soon to get a jump-start on looking for something that suits your budget. Below, you’ll find a perfect primer for some of the best Black Friday TV deals, including a start date on all of the sale shenanigans this November, plus a prediction of the biggest and best Black Friday TV deals, so you can plan ahead in confidence.

Plus, we’ll even serve up some money-saving tips before deals-ageddon. All the major retailers – like AmazonWalmart, and Best Buy – will be taking part. Every cent (and penny) counts; with the abundance of Black Friday game deals and Black Friday PS4 deals also on the way, it’s crucial that you make wise, informed choices before plonking down your hard-earned cash. So, what are you waiting for? November is already shaping up to be a doozy with Death Stranding dropping into our laps – make sure it’s an all-timer by ensuring you pick up an incredible saving and spend smartly on the upcoming Black Friday TV deals.

When will the Black Friday TV deals start?

The Black Friday TV deals will begin in earnest on Friday, November 29 – AKA Black Friday. Pretty obvious, right? However, the trend for Black Friday TV deals has seen the window of discounts, cuts, and savings widen to the weeks before Black Friday. That means anything from early November is fair game if you’re looking to save money on a new TV.

Indeed, it will be worth checking out the likes of Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy in the lead up to Black Friday. While the big Black Friday TV deals will undoubtedly come on the day itself on November 29 (as well as the 24 hours before and after), there are still potential bargains to be sought slightly earlier than scheduled. Plus, there’s still a post-Black Friday splurge to consider. Don’t empty your wallet on day one: Black Friday TV deals will continue across the weekend and up until Cyber Monday on December 2. In fact, the cut-price deals could last right up until Christmas and the New Year.

What is a good Black Friday TV deal?

Without looking into what to expect come Black Friday, you’ll soon find yourself scrambling around for bargains, all while outlet after outlet bombards you with supposedly the best Black Friday TV deals. 

But which TVs are actually worth you spending the big bucks on? Our best gaming TVs guide will get you up to speed on the best-in-class sets you should be eyeing up before the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett come around at some point in the next 18 months. These consoles will make the most out of an OLED screen, included with the top end, expensive TVs. Meanwhile, there are plenty of high-quality TVs that won’t break the bank: this list of the best 4K TVs for under $500 should help you out immensely, especially when taking into account the fact that genuinely great discounts are already out there, and you can prepare accordingly if a Black Friday TV deal undercuts it.

We recommend pinpointing which sets you’re hoping will make up part of the Black Friday TV deals before November, as to avoid to rush. We recommend drawing up a list of pros and cons – are you looking more for colour or compactness? More vividness or deeper blacks? – alongside the shortlist. Be sure to note down the exact model number, too. It all-too-easy to get confused once you reach the checkout and, with time rapidly running out, and stock even more so, Black Friday isn’t the best time to start panic buying.

Futureproofing is key

As tempting as it can be to turn to an older model because it still looks big and shiny, it’s worth noting that we’re on the threshold of the biggest shift in gaming in over half-a-decade. You’re going to need something that lasts the long haul; a model from before 2015 may not look quite so impressive come 2020, 2021 – or even beyond that. Think of it as a long-term investment: OLED TVs are only going to more and more compatible with the likes of Netflix and the Disney+ streaming service, as more and more of their shows and movies will be presented in 4K. Plus, the new consoles should undoubtedly factor into your decision. At the very least, you should be aiming for a Smart TV as part of your Black Friday TV deals hunt.

Last, but not least: seeing flashing signs that promise ‘$100 off’ or '55% off the recommended retail price' sounds great in theory, but it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Compare prices first, especially on Black Friday, to see if you can’t wrangle a better deal elsewhere. Comparison site CamelCamelCamel makes contrasting each Black Friday TV deal a doddle, so that should be your first port of call throughout the day.

Will the Black Friday TV deals just be on TVs?

TVs are well and good, but sometimes you need something to watch on it. As Amazon Prime Day proved, there are plenty of savings to be made on DVDs and Blu-ray boxets, particularly when it comes to the likes of Marvel and Star Wars. Franchises such as Mission: Impossible and Harry Potter will almost certainly take a drop in price on the day, too.

Plus, if you're eager to take your new set for a spin, Ultra HD 4K boxsets and discs will probably plummet to their lowest prices come November 29.

Outside the Black Friday TV deals: what's available now?

Before all the Black Friday TV deals kick off, there are currently a few good TV deals knocking around the internet. These range from top-of-the-range OLED 4K TVs to those, not-quite-as-awesome-but-still-awesome 4K TVs that will make the post out of your 4K capable gaming console.  So, here are the best TV deals available right now.

OLED, 4K, QLED... Here's what it all means

Buying a TV means deciphering what all the tech jargon salemen throw at you actually means... Luckily, we're here to help make sure you know exactly what your buying when you get caught up in the Black Friday TV deals surge.

4K/UHD/Ultra HD

This is the resolution of the image that can be displayed by your TV. 4K refers to the resolution 3840x2160 pixels. It's also referred to as UHD or Ultra HD by some broadcasters or manufacturers. Basically, if a TV can display pictures in 3840x2160, it can be called a 4K TV or 4K ready TV.

HDR

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. The majority of 4K TVs come with HDR as standard, and it's a technology used to process colours within games, movies, and TV shows. Primarily, HDR is used to boost the colour of a picture by making them more vivid, thereby contrasting colours further. If you can separate very similar shades of colour, then you can create clearer images.

OLED

This stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, and it's a type of TV panel. Basically, while LCD and plasma panels require something called back-lighting or edge-lighting to create pictures on screen, OLED panels don't need it. With back-lit or edge-lit TVs, the LEDs in the panel are illuminated in groups or lines to create a picture. With OLED TVs, each LED on screen can be individually lit – switched on or off to create a picture. This is what allows for truer blacks in OLED sets. With the ability to completely switch off each individual LED, you get sharp edges on images and deep blacks because there is no backlight showing through at all.

QLED

This is Samsung's own technology, and it stands for Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diode. Quantum Dots are particles, which are lit to create a picture on screen, and they can get much brighter than LEDs. This means QLED sets offer brighter colours and better contrasts than any other panel type. The panel is still either back-lit or edge-lit like traditional 4K TVs, and this can make a huge difference when it comes to black levels. Back-lit QLEDs can not only deliver the vivid colors, but they can also produce sharp images and blacks that rival premium OLEDs.

Response time

This is the speed at which a colour can change on your TV (eg. from black to white to black again). Most 4K TVs have response times quicker than we can perceive them, so it makes no real difference for casual TV watchers or games. However, purists will want a TV with the quickest response time possible.

Refresh rate

Not to be confused with response time – refresh rate is the speed at which an image can be refreshed on your TV. Most TVs offer 60Hz-120Hz, although no 4K TV has anything higher. A 60Hz 4K TV, for example, refreshes the image on screen 60 times per second, which allows a certain level of smoothness to the image. If the TV refreshes at 120Hz, the image is twice as smooth, and you notice that in how slick the motion appears on screen.

HDMI

This stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface, and it's the standard connection cable between a 4K TV and most devices. You need at least an HDMI 1.4 cable to carry a 4K signal, although most modern HDMIs are 2.0 cables, capable of carrying 4K signals at 60 frames per second. And no, you don't need to buy expensive gold-plated HDMI cables to get a better picture - just the Amazon Basics will do just fine.

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