Affordable HDR is here: Hisense unleashes its H8 series of televisions

hisense h8 h5 h4 h3 series tvs now available
Earlier this year at CES, Hisense’s ULED H10 and H9 series TVs provided the wow factor, but the real star of the show might have been the company’s H8 series thanks to its combination of 4K, HDR, and a surprisingly affordable price point, considering the features. Initially slated to arrive in February, the series is now available.

The H8 series is available in 50-inchand 55-inch models, both of which offer multi-zone Full Array Local Dimming. The TVs play back HDR content in HDR10 format via both USB and the HDMI 2.0a input. The series also features smart TV features and built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

As with all new technologies, HDR initially came at a premium, but that is increasingly falling away. The 55-inch 55H8C has a retail price of $700, while the 50-inch 50H8C sells for $600.

The H8 isn’t the only series making its way to stores this month. Hisense’s H5 series is also available now, offering the company’s smart TV platform in sizes ranging from 32-inch to 55-inch, in either FHD or HD resolution, depending on size. The 55-inch 55H5C costs $500, the 50-inch 50H5C is $400, and the 43-inch 43H5C is $330, and all offer the company’s Ultra Smooth Motion feature, unlike the 40H5C and 32H5C, which sell for $280 and $200, respectively.

Hisense’s H4 of Roku TVs is also making its way to store shelves this month, offering more than 3,000 streaming channels and voice search via the Roku app for iOS and Android. There are four different models available, ranging from the 50-inch, 1080p 50H4C for $430 down to the 32-inch, 720p 32H4C, which sells for $200.

Finally, the company’s H3 line of feature TVs — meaning they don’t offer smart TV functionality — is finally fully available. While most of the line began shipping to stores in February, the 20-inch 20H3C finally made its way to stores starting last month.

All models mentioned here are available now nationwide, and come with a four-year warranty. For more information, see our CES coverage of Hisense’s 2016 TV lineup.

Features

Netflix’s latest price increase heralds the end of streaming’s golden age

Netflix’s recent price rise is just the latest in a string of signs that streaming’s golden age is nearly over. As more services enter the fray, content will be further partitioned, signaling the end of streaming’s good old days.
Movies & TV

You can get a screaming deal on LG OLED TVs just in time for the Super Bowl

LG is offering steep discounts on its critically acclaimed OLED TV models just in time for the Super Bowl, letting discerning viewers watch their favorite athletes with higher picture quality than ever.
Home Theater

QLED and OLED may have similar names, but they're totally different technologies

The names may look almost identical, but OLED and QLED are two entirely different beasts. In our QLED vs. OLED battle, we dissect the differences between these dueling TV technologies, and help determine which might be best for you.
Home Theater

The seven best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2019.
Product Review

Apple brought ECG tracking to consumers. Withings is making it affordable

The Apple Watch Series 4 starts at $400, and the highlight function is the electrocardiogram, which has the potential to save lives. Withings’ new Move ECG has the same capability but at a fraction of the cost.
Home Theater

Looking to cut cable? Here’s everything you need to know about Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers plenty of entertainment in a fashion similar to live internet TV services, only at no cost — you don’t even need to register. Too good to be true? Here’s everything you need to know.
Home Theater

Walmart abandons its plans for a streaming Netflix killer

Rumored plans for a Walmart owned, Vudu-labeled Netflix streaming killer have been shelved according to a new report from CNBC. The billions it would have needed to invest in order to compete apparently gave the mega retailer cold feet.
Home Theater

Want to mirror your smartphone or tablet onto your TV? Here's how

A vast arsenal of devices exists to allow sending anything on your mobile device to your TV. Our in-depth guide shows you how to mirror content from your smartphone or tablet to the big screen from virtually any device available.
Deals

Need a smart speaker? Amazon knocks $50 off Sonos Beam soundbar with Alexa

If you're looking to add some oomph to your home audio setup, then through February 3, the Alexa-enabled Sonos Beam is on sale for $50 off, bringing this excellent smart sound bar down to just $349 on Amazon.
Home Theater

Dolby’s secret recording studio app may soon exit stealth mode

In secret testing since June, Dolby's stealth recording and social network app may soon be ready to make an appearance. Dolby 234 blends unique noise-canceling tech with Instagram-like audio filters.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Plex is the latest player to contemplate the subscription streaming game

With massive reach thanks to its client app being supported virtually every media device on the planet, Plex is now looking at the future of its media curation platform. A future that may include free and subscription services.
Home Theater

Yamaha’s MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable spreads analog joy throughout your home

It can be tough to listen to your favorite analog tunes anywhere besides the room where your turntable is located. With its MusicCast Vinyl 500 turntable, Yamaha allows you to stream your tunes throughout your home.
Home Theater

Here are some common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.