Television has always been a big part of the Consumer Electronics Show hosted annually in Las Vegas.

CES 2016 kicked off at the beginning of January, giving manufacturers the chance to show off their latest innovations in televisions, presenting the devices you're going to want to buy in 2016.

Make no mistake, 2016 is going to be all about Ultra HD or 4K, as well as continuing a theme introduced in 2015, high dynamic range (HDR).

Prepare to be wowed, as these are the hottest TVs bringing you the best of UHD and HDR, taking you to a whole new world of televisual wonderfulness.

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Sony will introduce several 4K TVs in 2016 but the main model announced at CES was the XD93, which comes in 55 and 65-inch sizes and sits at the top of the company's portfolio in terms of technology.

The XD93 line will be the only one in the Japanese manufacturer's offering that will come with full HDR support and it will also be one of the only sets that will be powered by Android TV.

Thanks to Android, the XD93 will be able to run Sony's new proprietary service called Ultra through a dedicated app. This will provide users with access to 4K HDR movie content to purchase and keep in an UltraViolet locker.

Along with the full HDR support, the Sony XD93 features what the company is calling a Slim Backlight Drive, which lights and dims zones on the back panel in relation to the action on the screen. There is also Sony's Triluminos picture processing technology on board, delivering more realistic colours.

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LG has announced new OLED models at CES 2016, alongside new LCD LED models. The G6 and E6 models form a new flagship, with the G6 falling into a new premium products category from LG, known as LG Signature.

The G6 and E6 models have an Ultra HD Premium compliant display, carrying the new seal of approval, offering a 4K resolution and HDR support, incorporating Dolby Vision, as well as supporting standards for other HDR sources, like YouTube.

The flat OLED displays are the first to use a new Picture-on-Glass design, leading to an incredibly slim finish, only 2.57mm thick for the G6. To boost the sound quality, the stand doubles as a soundbar, but can also be moved behind the TV if you want to wall mount it.

The G6 and E6 OLED TVs run webOS 3.0 for a connected smart experience, while promising stunning picture quality. The G6 will be available at 77 or 65 inches, the E6 is 65 or 55 inches. They will be available from March.

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As well as OLED models, LG is committing to enhanced LED models, that it's calling LG Super UHD. All the models use webOS 3.0 as the smart TV platform, with support for HDR streaming from companies like Amazon and Netflix.

The UH9500 comes in 55 to 86-inch sizes and features a new design resulting in a 6.6mm screen achieved by reducing the gaps between the back and the panel. It's an IPS display, with True Black Panel technology, designed to reduce reflections, and Contrast Maximizer aiming to add more depth and background separation.

There's also an SDR to HDR conversion engine, to give all your content that HDR look. The UH9500 is boosted with Harman Kardon speakers.

The UH8500 will come in sizes from 55 to 75 inches offering a similar feature set to the UH9500. The UH7700 will come in 49 to 65-inch sizes, with a slightly different design.

If you're looking to push things even higher, LG also has a production-ready 8K television. Again, this is an LCD LED TV.

The UH9800 measures 98-inches on the diagonal, with the aim to ship this model in the second half of 2016.

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Philips has confirmed that the 8901 AmbiLux (65-inch) flagship will now have wider availability, alongside the 8601 Ambilight model (65 or 55 inches). These are the flagship Philips TVs for the first half of 2016.

AmbiLux uses nine projectors on the rear to spread the colours across your walls, making for a more immersive experience and the four-sided projection of the 8601.

Both these TVs feature an Ultra HD LED panel, supporting HDR and running on the Android TV platform. Added to the mixture in 2016 is Amazon Instant Video in Ultra HD, as well as an enhanced range of gaming options.

TP Vision used CES 2016 to introduce two new Ultra HD TVs, both of which will run on the Android TV platform. The new models will feature a more standard three-sided Ambilight illumination, unlike the AmbiLux model first announced at IFA and mentioned above.

The Philips 7000 series will mark the company's entry level for HDR and thanks to Android TV, the range will offer a number of streaming skills.

TP Vision announced support for the Ultra HD version of Amazon Instant Video, which will make 4K content easily accessible through the new models. Pricing and availability of the new models has yet to be detailed.

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Samsung announced a series of TVs at CES 2016, sticking with its SUHD technology rather than opting for OLED like LG.

The Samsung KS9500 is the top-of-the-range model at 88-inches and it reintroduces the terminology Quantum Dot to include 1,000nit brightness and HDR support. It is also curved, with Samsung claiming to have introduced new technology to reduce screen glare.

An all-new Tizen-powered Smart Hub hopes to offer a more natural and customisable interface, while a Smart Control remote enables users to control other kit such as games consoles through one device.

Samsung is also offering something called Extra Service through this TV. Pressing the Extra hot button will bring up information about the action on the screen. Pricing has yet to be announced but it will vary across the range, with the KS9500 being the most expensive. 

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The battle for the ultimate 4K TV is on at this year's CES, with Panasonic the first to get an Ultra HD Premium qualified TV to market - the DX900 - which is due out this February.

While Ultra HD Premium doesn't redefine the core of what 4K is all about - it's still a 3840 x 2160 resolution panel - it does encompass other important criteria. In the DX900 that means a 10-bit colour-capable panel for optimum colour, and a brighter-than-1,000-nits output for super-bright HDR (high dynamic range) images.

Panasonic claims the DX900 is, for the first time, able to deliver "extreme brightness that is an LCD's strong point with the sort of contrast and black level response that people used to love about Panasonic's plasma TVs".

Thanks to a honeycomb-structure local dimming panel, which divides the picture into hundreds of individually controlled lighting zones to ensure minimal light leakage between them for optimum blacks without compromising the brightness level, the DX900 is able to deliver the most accomplished brightness-to-black-level set.

The Panasonic DX900 Ultra HD Premium 4K TV will go on sale in Feburary, in 58-inch and 65-inch variants. However, there's no final word on price point just yet.

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Hisense announced the H7 series of TVs at CES 2016 and while they might not be up there with the Samsung's and LG's of this world when it comes to picture quality, they certainly pull it out of the bag in terms of price.

The company introduced HDR-compatible sets starting at just $399 during the Vegas show. This means that users will be able to view HDR content natively as the H7 series is fully compatible.

The 43H7C is the entry model and offers a 43-inch 4K display, UHD upscaling, Smart TV functionality and apps, a 4K media-player and dual-band Wi-Fi. All for $399, not bad huh?

There are also 50-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch models, with prices reaching $1299.

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It's not a flagship TV, but that doesn't mean the 4K TCL television powered by Roku shouldn't be overlooked. Available in the US, the mid-range television uses the Roku OS found in its set top boxes to power the TV.

That means you get over 3,000 channels at the press of a button, plenty of 4K content, and the chance to still plug in all your usual games consoles, DVD players, or cable boxes. What's really clever is that the system ditches the "input" button so you are never more than a button away from getting to the home screen with all your favourites.

The TV is available in sizes from 32- to 65-inches.