If you’re a cord-cutter shopping for a new TV, you may want to check out the best TVs with ATSC 3.0. This feature, also called NextGen TV, is a new broadcasting standard that promises a massive upgrade to over-the-air television. Promising 4K resolution and features like HDR and streaming for free channels, it’s the biggest new feature you probably don’t know about.
As NextGen TV rolls out across the country, it’s facing one major limitation: Most TVs don’t have the necessary hardware to view it! All current TVs include a built-in tuner for over-the-air content, but NextGen TV uses the newer ATSC 3.0 standard, and the first ATSC 3.0 tuners only started arriving in new TVs last year.
With ATSC 3.0 tuners currently built into only a handful of premium televisions, it’s not a common feature, but as NextGen TV rolls out to more cities across the country, and more stations begin broadcasting with the new signal format, the inclusion of a NextGen TV tuner may wind up being one of the best premium features for cord cutting and 4K content.