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When it comes to big value flatscreen TV, JVC is back in the driving seat with the week’s smartest 4k telly deal.
Why we rate it
The set is a 4k UHD smart model with HDR support and uses Google’s Android TV smart operating system.
That’s your top three tick boxes ticked, right there.
JVC was once synonymous with the VHS, the home video format that made the corner video store the place to get home entertainment. Today, that rental store has been replaced by streaming services, and there’s plenty available through this TV.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ are the tip of an iceberg of streaming choice on Google’s Play Store.
What’s more, Freeview Play, the newest version of the Freeview TV system comes with all the mainstream catch-up TV players built-in (BBC iPlayer, ITVHub, C4, My5, UKTV Play). A seven day retrospective programme guide makes it easy to browse for shows you might have missed.
Design wise, JVC has kept things suitably minimal: a thin bezel surrounds the panel, which sits atop a central wireframe pedestal. There’s (only) two HDMI inputs though, for a TV box, media streamer or games console. At 62mm deep, the set should comfortably fit most AV furniture.
Android TV is a powerhouse of smart functionality. There’s Chromecast built-in, which makes it easy to cast content (photos, videos, music) from an Android smartphone, and Google Assistant is also on hand, if you want to use voice control for programme searches .
Audio output is rated at a healthy 20W, but my advice would be to budget for a soundbar. The thin nature of this flatscreen means you’ll hanker for a sonic upgrade to match the big picture.
We rate this a tempting value 4k option for wannabe 4k bingers.
What the reviews say
The LT-50CA890 has racked up over 1600 reviews, which are currently rated, on average, 8 out of 10 from buyers at Currys, who comment:
"Easy to use set up is fairly straightforward, looks good and sounds good.”
“Daughter loves the fact it's got Disney+ and you can just use Google speak to find things.”
“ We are very happy with the TV, the price was right for us and we would highly recommend it.”
“The TV has everything you need and more.”
"Open source, android operating system, and it is better than any LG or Samsung operating system."
Buy it: JVC LT-50CA890 Android TV 50" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Google Assistant | £399.99 from Currys PC World
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