TCL Launches Freeview Play TV With Amazon Fire TV Built In

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Another telly is joining the ranks of TVs that already have Amazon’s Fire TV OS built in, as TCL is launching the new TCL CF6 series this week – a pair of TV sets with integrated Fire TV.

TCL’s new Fire TV series comes in two sizes (50″ and 55″), with QLED 4K Ultra HD picture quality and HDR Pro support for “lifelike picture quality”.

TVs that already have popular streaming platforms built-in are becoming more and more common, although they’ve been more popular in the US, and are only slowly making their way to the UK.

Amazon’s Fire TV OS, which we’re all familiar with from their popular Fire TV sticks (and the Fire TV Cube), is already present on TVs from JVC and Xiaomi in the UK, with TCL – one of the largest TV manufacturers in the world – now joining the Fire TV ranks.

TCL itself also launched a Roku TV in the UK last year, right along their Google TV-based models, so TCL now has TVs with all three of the popular streaming TV operating systems.

TCL CF6 features

TCL 4K TV With Fire TV – Features And Specs

The new TCL CF6 combines QLED technology and 4K HDR Pro for better picture quality, supporting both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR standards.

The two models are aggressively priced, considering the long list of features and impressive (at least on paper) specs.

The TCL CF6 Series comes with the Fire TV experience built-in, which seamlessly brings together live TV, streaming content, and apps on the home screen. 

This means that instead of having to connect an external Fire TV stick, you already get Amazon’s popular OS baked into the TV, serving as the device’s primary “Smart” functionality.

And with this being a Fire TV device, you get the platform’s support for most of the streaming apps and services available in the UK – from the big broadcasters like BBC iPlayer, All4 and ITV, to streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Amazon’s Prime Video and more (see our Fire TV app recommendations here).

TCL Fire TV Apps

As with all TVs sold in the UK, the CF6 models also come with a Freeview tuner, and the Freeview Play platform – so, by connecting an aerial, you can watch live Freeview channels as well as stream catch-up programmes, all from a single EPG – which is also a part of the Amazon Fire TV OS.

You can’t, however, record Freeview programmes, as the TV doesn’t have any local storage.

The new TCL models also include the Voice Remote with Alexa, which lets customers use their voice to get access to the channels and apps, and use Alexa skills and commands.

TCL CF6 voice remote with Alexa
TCL Voice Remote with Alexa

TCL’s Alexa remote is a combination of the Fire TV Stick remotes we’re familiar with, and several TV-only buttons, for channel selection and Freeview Play / Red Button handling.

For gamers, the CF6 series supports TCL’s Auto Low Latency Mode for minimal input lag when you connect a gaming console, as well as TCL’s Game Master, which aims to auto-adjust picture levels when you’re playing.

TCL CF6 gaming features

Both sizes come with 4 HDMI ports (including one eARC port), 2 USB 2.0 ports, an Optical port, and support for both Ethernet and WiFi.

The TCL CF6 Smart TVs with Fire TV built-in are available in 50″ and 55″, at £379.00 and £429.00 respectively. However, both models are currently available for introductory prices starting at £339.99, until November 11:

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