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THE FRAME From £1,199 (43in), sam­sung.com/uk

The one thing that an­noys me about to­day’s big-screen TVs is how they dom­i­nate the room when they’re off as well as on – great slabs of black plas­tic stand­ing like the 2001 obelisk in the cor­ner of your room. That’s why I love The Frame. Not only is it a su­perb TV, ex­celling at all the things a TV should, but it al­most looks bet­ter when it’s off – re­sem­bling a pic­ture frame. A se­ries of fine art paint­ings can be dis­played, and the dis­play is sen­si­tive to the am­bi­ent light, so it could ac­tu­ally pass for a paint­ing when turned off.

NOW TV STICK £14.99 from nowtv.com

If you want a cheap way to make your TV smarter, look no fur­ther than this bar­gain stream­ing stick. Pow­ered by the ex­cel­lent Roku sys­tem, the NowTV stick ob­vi­ously gives you ac­cess to the con­tract-free Sky TV bun­dles on of­fer, and the re­cent ad­di­tion of Net­flix makes it a no brainer.

AP­PLE TV 4K From £179 from ap­ple.com/uk

The fu­ture of TV is apps, says Ap­ple, which is per­haps why its TV set top is start­ing to gain some trac­tion – there are lots of apps for it. Next year Ap­ple is ru­moured to be plan­ning to of­fer its own stream­ing TV show bun­dle and has in­vested in orig­i­nal pro­gram­ming with big names (Steven Spiel­berg and Oprah).

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