TV Model Numbers and SKUs: What You Need to Know

Know the product you're buying by looking at these numbers

TV model and SKU numbers are a combination of numbers and sometimes letters that provide information about a TV model. These are helpful to producers and salespeople so they can quickly know the specifications of the TV. It can also be beneficial to anyone buying a TV to understand, as you can get other information than what might be labeled more prominently on the box.

What Do TV Model Numbers Mean?

There is no standard way to create a TV model or SKU number, so depending on the TV's manufacturer, the number may look different, and you'll have to decode it differently. However, there are a few pieces of information you're likely to find within most TV model numbers, such as:

  • Screen size
  • Screen type
  • Series/Generation
  • Year made
  • Manufacturing region.

More criteria are likely to be included on model numbers, but these are the most common. If you're looking at TVs and want to find more information on them or decode your own TV's model number, you'll have to note what company made the TV. Here are a couple of examples of popular TV manufacturer's model numbers:

Samsung QLED TV: QN55Q60RAFXZA

  • Q: This refers to the screen type, which is QLED.
  • N: The region this TV was made, in this case, America or Korea. You could also have an A for Asia, Australia, or Africa. Or E for Europe.
  • 55: This is the screen size.
  • Q60: The QLED series. You can have Q6, which is standard, Q60 and Q70, which are 4K, or Q80, Q90, Q950, or Q900, which are 8K.
  • R: Year made. F is 2017, N is 2018, R is 2019, T is 2020, and A is 2021.
  • A: Release generation. A is 1st, B is 2nd, C is 3rd, etc.
  • F: TV tuner type. K means the TV is tuned for broadcasts in Asia, F is USA and Canada, G is South America and Central America, U is Europe, and W is Australia.
  • X: Design. X is the flat-screen design.
  • ZA: This is the manufacturing country. RU is Russia, UA is Ukraine, XL is India, XU is the UK, XY is Australia, ZA is the USA, and ZC is Canada.

Sony TV: XBR 75X950G

  • XBR: This is the region code and product number. XR and XBR denote higher-quality models, while KD and KDL are lower.
  • 75: This is the screen size.
  • X: This is the screen type/quality. Z or X is LED, A is OLED.
  • 9: Series number. Higher is better quality.
  • 5: Model number within the series.
  • G: This is the model year. G is 2019, H is 2020, and J is 2021.

The importance of knowing what these model numbers mean is to understand if, when you are buying a TV, you're getting a high-quality model or not. So, pay special attention to the numbers/letters that indicate product quality.

How Do I Find Out What Model My TV Is?

Finding your own TV's model number is pretty easy, and depending on the TV, you can do it in one of two ways.

First, you can check the back of your TV and locate the information sticker there. It's usually white with black text. The TV model number is labeled here.

Model number on an Insignia LED TV

Alternatively, you can check the model number with most newer TVs by going into the settings. You can usually find it under support or about options.

How Do You Tell What Year Your TV Is?

When you find your TV's model number, one of the numbers or letters may indicate what year the TV was manufactured. Or, if your TV is part of a particular series of products made within a specific time frame, this can also clue you into how old your TV is.

FAQ
  • How do I find my Samsung smart TV model number?

    Go to Settings > Support > About This TV from the Home screen. Look for the model under Product Information.

  • How do I find my LG smart TV model number?

    From the Home screen, go to Settings > All Settings > General > About This TV > TV Information. Your TV model is the first number listed.

  • How do I find my Roku TV model number?

    To find the model of your Roku smart TV or Roku streaming device, go to the Home screen and select Settings > System > About.

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