Best TV 2023: Our favourite 4K HDR LCD, OLED and QLED televisions


Not sure which TV to buy? This is our guide to picking the best TV for your budget

Many of us spend a significant proportion of our spare time watching television, which makes choosing the best TV our budget allows for a crucial decision. If you haven't upgraded your TV for a while, you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised, as television technology has come on leaps and bounds over recent years.

In addition to the outstanding picture quality you can expect from 4K HDR sets, the latest TVs all have built-in Wi-Fi and slick user interfaces that can negate the need for a Blu-ray player or set-top box. Modern televisions bring Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and many more streaming services directly to your lounge and display your favourite shows and films in glorious detail and vivid colour.

On this page, you’ll find our pick of the best TVs we’ve tested, along with links to each individual review for more in-depth analysis. The page will be updated throughout the year as we get our hands on the best and brightest new sets from the likes of LG, Sony and Samsung.

Before the list of entries, you’ll find our handy buying guide, which breaks down everything you need to know about finding the right TV, from which resolution to choose to the smart features you may want to look out for.

Best TV 2023: At a glance

How to choose the best TV for you

What TV resolution do I need?

High-definition TVs currently fall into three categories: Full HD/FHD, otherwise known as 1080p, which has 1,920 x 1,080 pixels on the screen; Ultra HD/UHD, more commonly referred to as 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels); and the highest of them all, 8K (7,680 x 4,320 pixels). These days, only the cheapest (and often the smallest) TVs utilise an FHD/1080p resolution.

4K is now the de facto standard for any self-respecting TV, offering four times the resolution of 1080p. Although 8K is gaining traction in the consumer market, it’s really not necessary to buy a TV with an 8K resolution just yet. They’re expensive for one, and there’s also barely any native 8K content out there. By and large, you’ll only be watching upscaled 4K content if you have an 8K TV in your living room.

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What size TV should I buy?

The size of the TV you buy should be dictated not only by the size of your room but also by how far away you intend to sit from it. To get the full benefit from a 4K HDR set, you need to sit close enough for your eyes to appreciate the increased picture clarity that 4K brings over FHD. Buying a 4K TV that’s too small for your room may mean that it won’t look much better than a much cheaper 1080p TV.

This is all down to the resolving power of the human eye; our eyesight can only differentiate between lines and dots up to a fixed distance. So if you sit 25ft away from a 4K or 8K TV, those millions of extra pixels won’t make a difference. Think of it like a pointillism painting – from far enough away, you can no longer make out the individual dots on a Georges Seurat landscape.

If you want to find the perfect size of TV for your room, head on over to our detailed TV sizing guide.

How can I watch 4K content?

There are plenty of ways to watch 4K TV and movies these days. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ (to name just a few) are constantly adding 4K movies to their lineups, and all of the original shows released on these platforms are in 4K as well. Besides streaming, there’s a gigantic library of movies available on 4K Blu-ray discs, and games consoles have fully embraced 4K as the definitive standard, too.

If you’re thinking about streaming 4K content via the internet, bear in mind that you’ll need a fast broadband internet connection. Netflix, for instance, can deliver 4K video at a maximum bit rate of 15.6Mbits/sec and frame rates up to 60fps. In comparison, 1080p Netflix content is currently delivered at a maximum of 5.8Mbits/sec. While most modern 4K TVs come with a built-in Netflix app, some streaming services don’t have the same level of support.

Are some TVs better for gaming?

When it comes to playing the latest AAA console and PC games in 4K and HDR, with the highest refresh rates possible, it pays to make the right choice. Ideally, you’re looking for a TV that has multiple HDMI 2.1 ports, supports ALLM (Auto Low-Latency Mode) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and has a 120Hz panel. If gaming is one of your top priorities, have a read of our primer on how to choose the best TV for gaming.

How does Expert Reviews test TVs?

All of the televisions listed below have undergone rigorous testing using the Portrait Displays Calman colour calibration software. We test numerous aspects of SDR and HDR performance to bring you data-led reviews designed to help you make informed buying decisions when splashing out on your next TV.

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1. TCL RP620K Series: Best cheap 4K TV with Dolby Vision

Price: From £249 (43in) | Buy now from Currys

This affordable TV from TCL shares a number of characteristics with the Hisense below but has a few advantages over its similarly priced rival. It supports the Dolby Vision HDR format as well as HDR10 and HLG, has an invaluable extra HDMI port (there are four rather than three) and is also slightly brighter.

HDR image quality is respectable for a budget TV, with decent contrast and natural-looking colours, but its maximum brightness of 238cd/m² still leaves it a little dim to truly make the most of HDR content. SDR image quality is impressive, however, with colours displayed punchily and 1080p upscaling handled very well.

Roku’s brilliant user interface shines brightly here, delivering an unmatched range of streaming services including Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to name just a few. The UI may look a little dated but everything is intuitively positioned and intelligible, and the TCL’s processor ensures navigation is snappy and responsive.

If you’re on a limited budget and want a 4K TV that’s wonderfully simple to use and offers good image quality, the TCL Roku TV is a great pick.

Read our TCL RP620K Series review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 43in, 50in, 55in (tested) and 65in; Display type: VA-type LCD LED direct-lit; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: Roku TV

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2. Hisense Roku TV (2021): Best cheap TV for 4K streaming

Price: From £249 (43in) | Buy now from Argos

To get the complete 4K streaming experience on a budget, we recommend picking up either the 43in or 50in version of the Hisense Roku TV. Running the fabulous Roku OS, this smart TV is the ideal platform for on-demand content. All the big names are here, from Disney+ and Now to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and you can of course access the free UK catch-up services as well. The Film & TV channel store on the Roku TV has 931 apps to choose from, making Roku the most comprehensive platform there is.

SDR 4K picture quality is excellent for the price, delivering 99% coverage of the Rec.709 colour space in the accurate Movie mode setting, and upscaling from FHD isn’t half-bad, either. Just don’t expect stunningly bright images and jaw-dropping, high-contrast High Dynamic Range playback. Yes, the HDR10 and HLG formats are supported, but this TV simply lacks the brightness and colour bit depth of more premium 4K HDR TVs. But at this price, who can complain?

This is actually a refresh of the original Hisense Roku TV, though it isn’t much different to its predecessor; slimmed down bezels and an updated OS (which also rolled out to last-gen Roku TVs) are about the only things to mention. The price hasn’t gone up since last year, though, so that’s a plus.

Read our Hisense Roku TV review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 43in, 50in (tested), 55in and 65in; Display type: VA-type LCD LED direct-lit; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG; HDMI inputs: 3 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: Roku TV

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3. Samsung AU9000: Best 4K TV under £500

Price: From £429 (50in) | Buy now from Samsung

The Samsung AU9000 proves that affordable 4K TVs don't have to look cheap and are capable of offering features on par with more expensive rivals. Its “AirSlim” design is attractive and practical too, with a narrow black chassis capable of slotting into living room spaces bulkier sets could only dream of.

Picture quality is impressive when viewing both SDR and HDR content, and HDR10+ performance is solid too, given the AU9000’s price. Samsung’s handy Game Bar provides key gaming information via an easily navigated interface, input lag is very low, while VRR support and an Auto Low Latency Mode also boost the AU9000's gaming credentials.

The aforementioned picture quality and gaming options are complemented wonderfully well by Samsung’s Tizen operating system, which is intuitive and provides access to a comprehensive range of streaming services and apps. Peak brightness, viewing angles and sound quality could be better, but overall, the Samsung AU9000’s package is unmatched for the money. If you’re after a 4K TV and have a budget of £500, this is the set to buy.

Read our Samsung AU9000 review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 43in (tested), 50in, 55in, 65in and 75in; Display type: VA-type LCD LED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+; HDMI inputs: 3 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: Tizen OS

4. LG C2: Best TV for gaming

Price: From £999 (42in) | Buy now from John Lewis

The LG C1 was our favourite TV of 2021 and its successor improves on it in just about every way. It houses four HDMI 2.1 ports, with each one supporting 4k@120Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode and Variable Refresh Rate in the form of Nvidia G-Sync and AMD Freesync. Input lag is extremely low and LG's Game Optimiser remains a great way of getting the best experience from your next-gen console or PC. The hub has been expanded this year, with new settings including a Dark Room mode and a picture setting for sports games.

Those gaming-specific features are complemented wonderfully well but exceptional SDR and HDR picture quality, impressive Dolby Atmos sound and the latest iteration of LG's smart platform, webOS 22. The latter provides access to just about every streaming service imaginable and navigating the platform is a doddle using the Magic Remote. Models 50in and up benefit from LG's evo panel technology, which increases brightness when compared with last year's model. Sadly, the 42in and 48in options can't take advantage of this due to the pixel density on their smaller panel, but they're still more than bright enough to deliver stunning HDR performance.

Read our LG C2 review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 42in, 48in, 50in, 55in, 65in (tested), 77in and 83in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1; Operating system: webOS 22

5. Samsung S95B: Best Quantum Dot OLED TV

Price: From £1,299 (55in) | Buy now from John Lewis

It's been the best part of a decade since we last saw an OLED television from Samsung and boy, was it worth the wait. The S95B uses an advanced Quantum Dot OLED panel that delivers exceptional SDR images and bright HDR for an OLED. It's incredibly skinny (even by OLED standards) and offers support for key next-gen gaming features including 4K/120Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode and Variable Refresh Rate. Input lag is extremely low and the updated Game Bar 2.0 provides a welcome way to access gaming info with the press of a single button.

The super-thin panel is a little flimsy and audio performance could be better, but the extremely accurate Filmmaker mode ensures those seeking visual fidelity will be in their element, and even those without extensive knowledge of TV picture technology will be wowed by the S95B's flawless blacks, shadow detail and HDR punch.

Read our Samsung S95B review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 55in and 65in (tested); Display type: QD-OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, HDR 10+; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1; Operating system: Tizen

6. Panasonic LZ2000B: Best TV for image accuracy

Price: From £2,300 (55in) | Buy now from John Lewis

When in Filmmaker mode, the Panasonic LZ2000 is the most accurate out-of-the-box TV we've ever tested. Both greyscale and colours within the sRGB gamut are tracked remarkably well, meaning this is the TV to buy if you want to enjoy films as the creator intended. Picture quality is fantastic across the board, however, with the LZ2000 able to deliver stunning detail in light and dark scenes thanks to its impressive peak brightness, while consistently producing contrasty and punchy images. Upscaling and motion handling are superb, too, and a couple of HDMI 2.1 ports ensure you can enjoy next-gen gaming to the fullest.

Though the LZ2000 makes it onto this list as best TV for image accuracy, it could just as easily be on here as best TV for audio quality given how immersive its in-built 360° Soundscape Pro sound system is. An upfiring speaker located behind the panel produces convincing Atmos height effects, and is complemented ably by a pair side-firing speakers and speaker array running along the panel.

It may be more expensive than its LG and Samsung rivals, but the Panasonic LZ2000 is a first-rate OLED that delivers in just about every department.

Read our Panasonic LZ2000 review for details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 55in (tested), 65in and 77in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.1, 2 x HDMI 2.0; Operating system: My Home Screen 7.0

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7. Sony A80J: Best Google TV

Price: From £1,399 (55in) | Buy now from Currys

Sony’s A80J is a feature-packed mid-range OLED that delivers fantastic SDR and HDR performance. Image quality is characterised by brilliant colour gamut coverage, impressive colour accuracy, top-notch screen uniformity and wide viewing angles that ensure everyone can enjoy a crisp picture no matter where they’re sitting. Great pictures are complemented by excellent sound thanks to Sony's Acoustic Surface Pro+, which turns the TV’s screen into a centre audio channel and works extremely well.

The A80J’s Google TV operating system is easy to use and provides access to all the key streaming platforms, including Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+, along with the various UK TV catch-up services. A pair of HDMI 2.1 ports make the A80J a strong choice for next-gen gaming, too. There’s support for 4K at 120Hz and Auto Low Latency Mode, with Variable Refresh Rate support to be added via an imminent firmware update.

The LG C1 just edges ahead of the Sony A80J as it has four HDMI 2.1 ports and is currently cheaper, but this is a first-rate TV in its own right and the better choice if you’re already invested in the Google ecosystem.

Read our Sony A80J review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 55in (tested), 65in and 77in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision; HDMI inputs: 2 x HDMI 2.0, 2 x HDMI 2.1; Operating system: Google TV

8. Samsung QN95B: Best Neo QLED TV

Price: From £1,699 (55in) | Buy now from John Lewis

The QN95B is the flagship entry in Samsung’s new 4K Neo QLED range and delivers in all the key areas. SDR and HDR picture quality is stunning, immersive Dolby Atmos sound comes courtesy of eight Object Tracking Sound Plus speakers, while those first-rate visuals and sound are wrapped up in an eye-catching minimalist design.

Four HDMI 2.1 ports position the QN95B as a superb option for next-gen gaming, and Samsung’s clever One Connect box enables you to discreetly hide away the various cables and connections you may have plugged into the TV. Samsung has tweaked its Tizen OS for 2022, and the selection of streaming platforms and apps available remains as comprehensive as ever, as do your choices when it comes to voice controls, with Bixby built in and both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa supported. We’re not overly fond of the new layout of the Smart Hub homepage but overall, the QN95B user experience is smooth.

The QN90A was our favourite Neo QLED last year, but the QN95B blows it out of the water. It’s not cheap, but that should come as no surprise given its class-leading local dimming, cutting-edge image processing and top-notch build quality. The lack of Dolby Vision support aside, the QN95B is hard to fault and is without a doubt one of the best TVs of 2022.

Read our Samsung QN95B review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 55in, 65in (tested), 75in and 85in; Display type: VA-type Neo QLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, HLG; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1; Operating system: Tizen OS

9. LG G2 OLED evo Gallery Edition: Best TV for wall mounting

Price: From £1,599 (55in) | Buy now from John Lewis

There are plenty of TVs designed specifically for wall mounting, but the LG G2 OLED evo Gallery Edition is the best and brightest of them all. It sits at the top of LG's OLED lineup and commands a hefty price tag as a result, but looks great and performs better than any OLED we've tested. The chassis is only 22mm deep and the borders around the edge of the screen are unobtrusive, while composite fibre materials make it a lot lighter than last year's G1 and signficantly easier to mount.

Image quality is outstanding, LG's updated webOS 22 smart platform remains as intuitive and comprehensive as ever, and four HDMI 2.1 ports capable of 4K@120Hz ensure the G2 is exceptionally well-equipped for next-gen gaming. We were even impressed by the AI-enhanced sound system - not something that can be said about the onboard audio of many TVs - and found the LG G2's only real weakness to be its lack of support for HDR10+. That, and the fact you'll have to fork out for a stand if you ever fancy taking it down from the wall and placing it on a TV cabinet.

Read our LG G2 review for more details

Key specs – Screen sizes: 55in, 65in (tested), 75in and 85in; Display type: OLED; Resolution: 4K/UHD (3,840 x 2,160); HDR formats: HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG; HDMI inputs: 4 x HDMI 2.1; Operating system: webOS 22

What else do I need to know before I buy a TV?

What’s the difference between LCD and OLED TVs?

Flat-screen TVs use two main types of panel technology: LCD and OLED. LCD used to be split into two further categories: those with LED backlights and those with cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlights. However, almost all LCD TVs now use LED backlights, which are less power-hungry and tend to produce a more vibrant, brighter picture.

With LED TVs, manufacturers improve the contrast ratio of their displays by using a dynamic backlight that dims the screen when displaying dark scenes. This produces a darker picture with more pronounced blacks, but a side effect is that highlights and details are lost. In other words, you can have bright whites and dark blacks, but not both together.

Awkwardly, LED TVs can be further separated into two categories: those that are edge-lit and those that are backlit. Edge-lit models have LEDs at the edge of the screen, while backlit sets have an array of LEDs spread behind the entire panel (also known as local dimming). Backlighting lets the TV control picture brightness with greater accuracy.

OLED TVs work differently. Despite sharing a similar name, OLED (or organic light-emitting diode) panels use an organic material that emits light when an electric current is passed through it. This means each pixel can generate its own light source, meaning it doesn’t need to use a bulky backlight to illuminate the screen.

This has several advantages, as it not only creates truly deep blacks, but they’re even more energy-efficient than LED TVs and have superior viewing angles. Even when sitting at almost 90 degrees, there’s rarely any visible colour shift. Equally, OLED panels are thinner, lighter and more flexible than LCD displays, so they can be bent and curved more easily.

What kind of apps do smart TVs have?

Most new TVs are equipped for wired or wireless networking, so you can connect them to your home network and the wider internet. This lets you stream multimedia content from your home computer and access online smart TV portals.

The quality of these services varies greatly. Some companies have excellent smart hubs that let you access catch-up services such as Netflix, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, Amazon Prime Video, Now, social networking tools and on-demand movies, while others only offer iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube video streaming. Many TVs can also play videos, music and photos directly from a memory card, portable hard disk or USB flash drive. Our reviews tell you what each TV can do, and how well it works.

What’s the difference between Freeview Play, Freeview HD and Freesat HD?

Every new TV receives Freeview, but the majority now include Freeview HD tuners, too. This is the easiest way to watch HD broadcasts because you can use your existing digital aerial without having to buy any additional equipment.

Freesat HD is a non-subscription alternative to Freeview HD that’s transmitted by satellites rather than broadcasting towers. If you live in an area with poor broadcast reception and don’t want to pay for Sky TV, this is the best way to get television into your home. You can use an existing Sky satellite dish or pay to have one installed. You’ll also need to run a coaxial cable from the satellite to your television if no access point is available nearby.

Freesat offers the same free-to-air HD channels as Freeview, with the addition of NHK World, but some minor standard definition channels differ between each platform. Also bear in mind that certain TVs have dual tuners for both Freeview and Freesat installations. Be wary of TVs that just have a DVB-S2 satellite tuner. Technically, these can be manually tuned to receive Freesat channels, but you won’t get the EPG, so they’re practically useless in this country.

If you want to find out more about free-to-air TV, check out our article here: Freeview vs Freesat vs YouView.

Aside from clearer images, another benefit of digital TV is the electronic programme guide (EPG), which can show you what’s on now or later at a glance. All TVs display “now” and “next” information in a small pop-up window, but most models also have a more in-depth fullscreen mode that shows seven or more days of scheduling.

What ports and connections do I need?

You’re almost definitely going to have at least one other device you want to connect to your TV, so it’s important to choose a model with an appropriate number of inputs for them. Most modern devices, including games consoles, Blu-ray players and digital set-top boxes, use HDMI connections, so these should be your top priority. We suggest a minimum of four HDMI inputs, which should cover all the basics and still leave a spare port in case you want to connect a camcorder or digital camera. Look out for an HDMI input with an Audio Return Channel (ARC). This lets you send sound from the TV back down the HDMI cable to a connected amp, so you can get better sound for TV programmes without introducing more cabling.

For future-proofing, it’s well worth avoiding a 4K TV unless it has HDMI 2. And, with the dawn of next-gen gaming consoles, HDMI 2.1 is preferable if you’re after the latest gaming features. The reason for this is simple: HDMI 1.4 only supports frame rates up to 30fps. HDMI 2 adds support for frame rates up to 60fps and also greatly increases the maximum audio throughput. The advent of HDMI 2.1 means that TVs housing those ports can deliver 4K resolution at a refresh rate of 120Hz.

SCART sockets have almost been completely replaced in favour of HDMI, but older devices, such as some games consoles and VCRs, still need them. You’re unlikely to find an S-Video port on a modern TV, so you may have to connect some older devices through the composite or component interface and put up with the inferior image quality.

USB ports are fairly common on modern TVs. If you have a spare external flash drive, these can be used to record programmes, eliminating the need for a dedicated set-top box. You’ll need to format it for your particular TV, though. Alternatively, you can use them to play your own media files from your PC. Some TVs support a wider range of file formats than others, but our reviews tell you which formats each TV supports. If you want to browse the web, USB ports are also useful for connecting a keyboard and mouse.

Should I worry about the length of the warranty?

If you’re spending a decent chunk of your hard-earned money on a new television, it’s prudent to try and secure the longest warranty possible. This will ensure that you'll be covered in the event of anything going wrong with the set. Most retailers typically offer at least a one-year warranty, which tends to fall in line with the warranty offered by manufacturers. John Lewis is a little different, however, and provides a five-year guarantee on all of the TVs it sells.

That’s a pretty compelling reason to buy your next TV from John Lewis and as such, we've included links to products on the John Lewis website where possible. If the TV is available cheaper elsewhere, we’ve also linked to the retailer with the best price.

What is UHD Premium?

Essentially a certification badge, the UHD Premium specification has been agreed by TV heavyweights Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony, industry leaders Dolby and Technicolor, and various huge film studios such as Disney, Universal and Warner Bros. Contributors to the specification include TP Vision (Philips), Nvidia, Intel, Hisense, Amazon and Toshiba. The list is a “who’s who” of audiovisual industry players, making UHD Premium a badge you should be able to rely on.

A set of big players is all well and good, but what does UHD Premium actually mean for the TV you buy? The required specifications for consumer televisions are actually fairly simple:

  • 3,840 x 2,160 resolution with ten-bit colour covering 90% of the DCI P3 colour gamut. This is an Ultra HD resolution with more than one billion possible colours. The P3 gamut is a wider colour gamut, meaning you’re presented with more realistic colours, with deeper shades now possible. This creates a more visually pleasing image and is also far closer to the way the director intended you to see their creation. Most high-end cinemas use projection systems that cover the DCI P3 colour gamut, so expect to hear about “cinema-quality” images in the near future.
  • High dynamic range (HDR). You’ll have probably already heard of HDR, and we’ve reviewed a number of TVs that support it. Now the tech has been given an official label and is integrated into UHD Premium. To be UHD Premium-certified, a TV needs a maximum brightness of 1,000cd/m² (otherwise known as nits) and a black level of less than 0.05cd/m². Alternatively, if your set can only get to 540cd/m², your black levels must be less than 0.0005cd/m². It’s not stated in the briefing information, but it’s safe to assume that these figures must be possible simultaneously, giving you incredibly immersive and bright images where punchy blacks and bright colours can coexist.
  • Content can also be UHD Premium-certified. We won’t go into it in detail, but content must also be mastered in a way that works with UHD Premium television sets. With the likes of Netflix and Amazon supporting such tech, as well as the new UHD Blu-ray standard, expect more UHD Premium-compatible content to start appearing.

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