Ahead of Super Bowl LII, TCL Roku TV on sale
TCL has dropped the price of its popular S-Series 4K Smart TVs as part of a Super Bowl LII sale.
The 55-inch model (55S405) is only $369.99 and the 49-inch model (49S405) is now $329.99 at Best Buy and on Amazon. There are some new features on these TVs that I recently wrote about that make it a cost-saver if you’re inclined to cut the cord.
Consider that you’re paying around $100 to $150 per month for cable. You could essentially take a couple month’s worth of your cable bill, and get a TV on sale that will save you some cash over the long haul.
As part of the recent Roku OS8 software update, these TVs come with a guide for all your free live TV channels that you’re getting from an antenna. Plug in a 2.0 USB flash drive into the back of the TV, and you can pause or rewind live TV up to 90 minutes.
You’ll have all the same access to thousands of apps available on Roku streaming devices. And you’ll be able to tap into 4K HDR streams from Netflix, Amazon Video and other subscription-based apps like Smithsonian Earth and CuriosityStream. You’ll have to pay more for streaming Netflix in 4K. But Amazon Prime members already have a selection of 4K HDR shows and movies as part of a subscription.
If you’re subscribing to a live TV streaming service like PlayStation Vue or DirecTV Now, you’ll also be able to use your username and password to authenticate a number of apps. The Roku OS update has a Single Sign-On feature that you automatically tap your credentials for other apps once you log into one app. Single Sign-On also works with most cable and satellite TV providers.
5 facts about TCL S-Series 4K TVs
- 4K Ultra HD Resolution
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) Technology
- 4K Creative Pro upscaling engine
- 120Hz CMI effective refresh rate
- Dual-band Wi-Fi & Ethernet port
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