The behemoth of a shopping event that is Black Friday is finally upon us and one thing we're likely to see heavily discounted is the massive amount of 4K televisions that are now out on the market. While these weren't quite as prevalent this time last year, those 12 months have made a huge impact. 4K is now fast approaching the standard in terms of TV sets, while 'Full HD' sets are being phased out. Now there are a lot of other confusing differences to deal with - OLED screens, curved sets, and more. That's why we're here to take a look at the very best 4K TV Black Friday deals around and break it all down into a much more easy-to-digest list of what's good.
If you don't yet have a machine that can take advantage of a 4K screen then you should fire up a new browser tab each for our list of the latest PS4 offers on games and consoles and the same for our collection of Black Friday Xbox One deals - we're keeping those updated over the bargain-hunting period too. We've also got guides to the best Nintendo Black Friday deals, the best PC gaming Black Friday deals and even the best Apple Black Friday deals.
The best Black Friday UK deals
- LG 43UJ630V 43 inch 4K HDR TV for £369
- LG 49SJ800V LED HDR Super UHD 4K TV for £649.00
- LG OLED55B7V 55 inch OLED 4K HDR TV for £1,499
- Toshiba 55U5766DB 55-inch 4K TV for £439
- 65" MU6120 Ultra HD certified HDR Smart TV for £999
- Sony KD55XE9005BU 55-inch 4K HDR TV for £1,099.99
- Samsung UE49MU7000 49" 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (use code CP60) for £689
- Samsung UE55MU7000 55 inch 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV (and soundbar) for £799
- Sony KD-49XE9005 49" 4K HDR LED TV for £999
The best Black Friday US deals
- TCL 55S405 55-inch 4K TV for $399.99
- Samsung UN55MU650 Curved 55-inch 4K TV for $612
- Samsung UN65MU8000 65-inch 4K TV for $1297.99
- LG OLED 55B7A 4K OLED TV for $1496.99
Before we go any further, though, let's make sure we're all on the same page. In case you've been living in a literal cave for a matter of years now, here's the score with Black Friday.
What is Black Friday?
As previously alluded to, Black Friday is an internationally recognised time when retailers from all around the world slash the prices of some of their finest wares, all in the hopes that you'll buy, buy, buy. While the name suggests this is a one-day deal, you'd be dead wrong if you thought that - Black Friday deals tend to start at least a week before the day itself and stretch on well into the week after. This year, Black Friday takes place on 24th November, so mark your calendar now.
Cyber Monday 2017
The fun doesn't end just at Black Friday, of course. After a month of deals leading up to the main event of Black Friday, a weekend of discounts will happen before the following week kicks off with the rather unfortunately named Cyber Monday. Originally conceived as the online-only side to the in-store-only Black Friday, this is now largely another chance for online retailers to double down on some of their best Black Friday offers or surprise shoppers who missed out during Black Friday with a brand new range of products and price cuts. In short, don't let your guard down once Black Friday is over. If previous years have taught us anything, it's that the Black Friday discounts will be in full effect through Cyber Monday and the week after.
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The best Black Friday 4K TV deals - 2017
Black Friday TV buying advice: what to look for
If you're in the market for a new TV set, the good news is there's plenty of choices out there; the bad news is, picking out the differences between models and ranges can be a little overwhelming to the untrained eye. These are the key features to look for in a new television and should help you pick out the best deals from the duds.
What size TV do I need? TVs are usually categorised (as well as priced) by the size of the display first and foremost, measured diagonally from corner to corner, so before you go shopping grab a tape measure and work out how much living room space you want to give over to your new set (and think about how far away you're going to sit).
Aside from the obvious - a bigger TV gives you a bigger picture - you need somewhere in the region of a 55-inch set or higher to really appreciate the extra resolution in a 4K picture (of which more below). Aside from that, it's really up to your personal tastes and the size of your budget as to how big a television you want.
Look for the TV set depth, the overall weight, and whether it can be wall-mounted to work out where you can put your shiny new box, or if it will fit in the space you've already got.
For some extra immersion, look for curved sets, though again this is down to personal preference and the size of your room.
TV terminology explained
- Full HD - these displays can handle 1080p video, which is really the minimum resolution you should be looking for from a new high-definition TV today.
- UHD or 4K - the cutting edge in display technology is often referred to as ultra-high-definition or 4K, and it offers a pixel-count roughly four times as high as 1080p.
- HDR - a new TV technology that affects your display's colour, contrast, and brightness. High dynamic range sets can produce dramatically more vivid and bright images while offering much more detail in dark shots.
- Ultra HD Premium - televisions marked with the badge below can display images at 4K resolutions or higher, contain HDR technology, and meet certain standards for colour reproduction, too. The complete package.
What is 4K, and do you need it?
In consumer TV tech, 4K (sometimes called Ultra High Definition, UHD or 4K UHD) is the next step up from high definition - 3840 x 2160 pixels instead of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Like any new tech, you don't necessarily need it but if you have the budget and want to be set for the future then it's definitely worth investing in. At the rate new TVs are made, you may even find it hard to buy a TV that isn't 4K-enabled somehow. TV channels have started experimenting with 4K, some Netflix shows now come in the format, and in a few years everything will be in glorious 4K (though it will still display fine on older sets).
For the very best in terms of 4K quality and colour, look for an industry standard label called Ultra HD Premium. Rather confusingly, Sony has gone its own way with a different term and spec called simply 4K HDR. Either of these labels means you're getting the best possible 4K picture that type of device can offer.
That brings us to HDR, or High Dynamic Range, something else that a lot of new sets are now coming with. Essentially it produces a better range of colour and contrast across the board and takes advantage of the extra pixels available with 4K. Again, it's worth stretching for a set with HDR if you want to get the best possible picture.
What else should you look for in a TV? Once you've chosen a 4K TV set (or a non-4K TV set, if that's all you really need) and picked a size, most of the work is done, but there are still a few other features worth looking out for.
Ports is a big one - make sure you have all the HDMI, USB and other connections you're going to need for the kit you already have (and want to get in the future). After you've taken satellite boxes, games consoles and Chromecasts into consideration, those ports can quickly fill up, so make sure you've got enough.
You will also notice OLED sets. These screens, pioneered by LG, are arguably the best-looking screens on the market. OLED screens (organic light-emitting diode) are likely to replace tradition LCD or LED screens in the coming years, as the picture quality is a huge step-up - but remain prohibitively expensive for most consumers. In short, a 4K OLED set could be the best TV you could buy but you'll be lucky to find one for less than £1500 this year.
Here are some quick links to UK retailers with the biggest deals:
- Amazon UK Deals
- Argos Deals
- Zavvi Deals
- Tesco Direct Deals
- GAME Deals
- Debenhams Deals
- Currys Deals
- Marks and Spencer Deals
If you're coming from the US, try these sites:
If you've still not been able to find what you're looking for, be sure to check back often as we'll be keeping this page updated with all the best new offers for the UK and US.