So when it comes to 4K TVs I learned that quality and picture are very important, "upscaling" or viewing non-4K or Standard definition programming can be a headache with some sets - just ask the HORRIBLE VIZIO I returned a short time after purchasing this beauty. I would highly recommend this set! DirecTV ready, so it does NOT need a box to work with existing DTV. Android/Play Store based OS - meaning ALL apps (virtually), especially one specific app that Starts with a "K" and ends with "i", and that users typically need Firesticks and such to download with most other devices, can be downloaded directly to this TV - A HUGE PLUS! The apps that come on it are easily accessible, although I do feel the menu's and app lists are a little difficult to get used to (going from an older Samsung with "Smart Hub") it comes quickly and the remote MORE THAN makes up for the slight learning curve with the menus. In my opinion, this remote is the greatest of all - although some may think its outdated and cheap looking for the price and features of this set (as reviewed by one major tech reviewer) - I LOVE IT! It's not overly complicated, it has a Netflix button and a Google button, voice search capability, multiple menu options and it's easy to handle and maneuver around the TV. For me it was important to have something my 5 yr old daughter, who recently learned how to operate and turn on the old TV, would be able to easily pick up and be able to operate without needing a lot of help. The Netflix button almost guaranteed this would be easy for her! She started getting up on her own, before everybody else basically, and being able to turn the TV on her self and easily navigate to the Netflix profile and content/apps we have set up for her to use and enjoy was a big part of my decision to purchase the TV. ALL the content watched on this TV is AMAZING! Picture quality is fantastic, and my only let down of the whole deal is this - NOT ENOUGH CONTENT. That's not Sony's fault, though. Direct has specific equipment you have to have, including a 4k genie mini and if you want to have this as your main tv and have wireless setups for the rest then you need to have essentially two boxes connected to the same tv right now to enjoy 4K on their service, a lot of other companies offer little or no 4k content via cable/satellite programming, however, apparently if you go that route with DTV at least you have 2-3 channels dedicated to 4k one of which is PPV only, the other is a variety channel with no guarantee as to what may be actually available on it.. meaning - only certain programs or sporting events are broadcast and only certain angles sometimes so the olympics may be on but only some of the angles are 4k and you may have better and more diverse views from the regular program, but just because the olympics is on one day doesn't mean that same channel (Fox for instance) will be available after that's over, the next thing on might be a movie or tv show, maybe a concert, a sporting event, or whatever but no guarantee - it can be from one of virtually any of the other channels just a specific program or movie that is actually available and broadcast in HD - it's not AMC all the time in other words. (Geez - I think I explained it enough - I hope you got it LOL). Back to what's available - I have Netflix, they offer a lot of their own stuff and a bunch of other stuff that is available in 4K - pretty much ALL of their content that they produce, their series, movies, etc. is available in 4K, however, the 4K will run you $11.99 vs the $9.99 or $7.99 packages (mine was an additional $2 per month), AND you have to have fast enough internet to stream that content (speeds of 30mb/s, OR MORE, are REQUIRED). The other app we use a lot is Vudu, unfortunately they offer very little - when it is offered it's UHD and because it's an App where you PURCHASE (or rent) the movies the cost of doing so far outweighs the value of UHD vs their HDX, for instance in many cases instead of ourchasing a movie for their typical $14.99, you would have to either pay $19.99 OR in some cases buy the Disc and Digital copy at an outrageous price of $29.99, BUT I personally love having ownership of the digital copy and have purchased several (over 200, I think) over the last several years a enjoy having them available on all our devices anywhere we go, it comes in handy in the car or on a train, and especially on a plane because you can download it to the device. But, those are really the only two that I USE or HAVE that I can ACTUALLY VIEW 4K CONTENT ON, however, as I said that is going to be the quandry with any device you buy... just remember when you're up there watching that amazing 4K UHD HDR BEAUTIFULLY MASTERED DIGITAL AMAZEMENT that is the store loop/display, that is NOT the pocture you are going to see MOST (if not ALL) the time. With all of that said, I think this device was an AMAZING value for the price, I did own a Vizeo 70" for a short time - which was a glorified Chromecast, NOT A SMART TV as they claim, and the PICTURE? ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE! Especially on some of the SD channels offered through our service provider, stations we watch regularly, we would have been happier watching on a B&W set with rabbit ears than we were with viewing on that set. IF you are comparing this model with a Vizio, thinking about getting an extra 5" for a few more bucks in a Vizio E series - PLEASE - DON'T DO IT. At least, I wasn't happy. The Sony has a beautiful display, looks good no matter where we are getting content from, has amazing built in features and apps like Screen Mirroring capabilities and casting capabilities with built in chromecast (I believe - haven't used this feature yet to say for certain), YouTube and trending or popular content available with just a click of the remote, several other free pre-loaded/available apps like Crackle, DirecTV Ready, Netflix, Google Play Music/Movies, Pandora, and more. Remote is AWESOME, IMO and for what I need in a remote. The remote allows you to control DTV as well, obviously, and feels good to handle - its not awkward to reach commonly used buttons, and I think it's sized right for the TV. NICE number of outputs with, I believe, 3 HDMI (I didn't need all of them, possibly 4?), and several others too. Smartphone remote control is available for iOS & Android (both) as well. I have not personally used the 900 series, which apparently features slightly better HDR and a few other small (for me) features for roughly $400-$500 more in a 65" - however, I saw a sale just started with this set being $100 cheaper than I paid (thanks Best Buy price guarantee) OR the 900 Sony for only $400 more. I am within my return period still so I may very well take this bad boy off the wall and try that 900 instead - If I do I will let ya'll know, otherwise, I would recommend this to ANYONE.
I think the quality of the picture, the remote, the price, and the features make this the #1 set in this price range ($1300 - $1800). I personally own a 55" Vizio in my BR that I love, which was why I thought I might like the Vizeo - I admittedly thought "size mattered" and got caught up in price vs size and for the first time in my life spent less money on the bigger TV sacrificing quality for the budget and forgetting the golden rule - he that has the Gold, makes the Rules... AND USUALLY the BETTER TV. Quality and price do go hand in hand, more often than not, when it comes to your TV. If you are not a big TV watcher, or don't want to get a lot out of your TV, then you might be happier with something less expensive or with a bigger picture for the same or less money... PERSONALLY, I think this is the best bang for your buck. I have had an LG in the past but nothing new enough to comment on and for me Samsung has always been the "Go-To" for TVs. I always liked their UI, their picture, their look and feel, however, this time the SONY pulled me a way. They've been more expensive than Samsungs in the Past, and I have always been happy with the Samsungs I purchased, but this time the price was the same (or close enough) that I went for the SONY. In my opinion, I think Samsung has started charging more over the past several years and giving you LESS for that money...and some may argue, but I feel their MU8000 is inferior to this set... I had considered it and was leaning heavily toward it but the overall look and feel of everything including remote and UI made the Sony a slam dunk in my book! Honestly, I think Samsung has done nothing more than try to pull people in with these "gimmicks" over the last several years, and I think it's frustrating. Things on their phones like "heart beat monitors" (how many times did you actually use that as an avg user - thank god I had one of them!), the TVs with the "curved display" that they try to make a big deal out of, "gimmicks" that I feel are far less important than making a GOOD QUALITY, Well BUILT Electronics with just outstanding features and an amazing user experience. Show me the stuff that matters EVERY DAY, not silly stuff that makes the neighbors say, "hey, did u hear Bob got one of them new fangled curved TVs.. must be nice, to not have anything better to waste ur money on than a curved tv, what sense does that make?!" ... LOL We all got that neighbor, don't we? Honestly, the only real downside was it took 45 mins for intial setup, downloads, and to update of everything , but more often than not, it seems this is the norm with Smart TV's these days - a typical 30-60 min setup time. At the end of the day, unless the 900 proves far superior (if I go & get it.. I'm still on the fence... I hoped to decide by the end of this review), I can't imagine there being a huge noticeable difference - THEN THIS IS THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUDGET! Honestly, for $1500 this set is an HDR 4K 65" Smart TV, is thin, light weight (I thought), and bears the badge of a well known, highly regarded name in electronics.. I'd buy it again!