So you’ve finally bought a new TV, and it has occupied a lot of space in your living room. You have placed it left of the fireplace, where you always wanted to be, and are now ready to start binge-watching your favorite Netflix shows. Stop! Yes, the screen is working fine, and the cables are all connected but what if we tell you that you may still not have everything set up as it should have been?
Think of when you got those new sunglasses a few years back. You had never owned a pair before so never knew how helpful these could be in the sunlight. Only when you did own them, you came to know of what value they have brought to your life. Until you didn’t buy a pair, you never thought you’d need one. This is what setting up a new TV is like. You may think you have set it up the right way, but it is only when you pay attention to the small details that you figure out you haven’t.
Instead of hiring someone to set up your new TV you can do it by yourself. Let’s discuss some tips that will help you get the most out of your TV.
There is a setting in your TV known as ‘Sharpness.’ This feature was once useful when the latest cameras weren’t out, and we used to turn the sharpness up for objects to stand out. However, today with all the latest cameras and cinematography techniques, paired with your TV’s 4K screen, you don’t need this feature. Setting sharpness on newer screens can have an adverse effect on the content you’re viewing. You’d be better off turning the Sharpness setting down to zero.
You can’t keep looking at the sun, can you? Just like you can do that because it hurts your eyes, you shouldn’t view your TV with the brightness set to the maximum level. Unlike the sun, this won’t have an immediate effect on your eyes but will matter in the long run. If you still remember the TV store you’d remember how you were impressed with the TV’s clear screen and incredible viewing angles. That’s because the retailers have set the brightness to maximum to make the TV sets more appealing to potential buyers. This is suitable in the mall but not in your home.
The brightness of your TV set should be set keeping in mind the light levels in your room. The best way to do this is to take the brightness levels all the way down to zero and then increasing it gradually until you find the sweet spot.
High Dynamic Range or HDR
Your new TV must have an HDR mode, but that doesn’t mean that it comes turned on by default. When you play a 4K video on your TV, and the HDR is turned on, your TV should show a message saying it is now playing an Ultra HD video. If it doesn’t prompt you, the HDR settings are probably turned off.
By turning the HDR settings on you are allowing your TV to turn the panel’s backlights up and this would enhance the quality of your content. If you just turned the HDR settings on it is entirely possible that some other settings may have reset automatically. Therefore, it is always a good idea to recalibrate your TV after turning on the HDR.
Test the Changes
A great way to test if the changes you just made have turned your TV viewing experience into the right direction or has worsened is by watching your favorite movie or TV show episode after applying the new settings. Watch something you’re watched before will put things in perspective for you regarding how good or bad the TV screen looks after the changes.
Some digital service providers such as Spectrum offer their subscribers the choice to view their favorite content by choosing from a database of thousands of On-Demand choices.
Choose a Great Cable TV Provider
Last but not the least, to get the most out of your TV you should be subscribed to one of the top cable TV providers in the country. Some channels offer great channel lineups for sports fan while others provide the choice to add premium channels. Sites such as home internet providers let users search for, compare and analyze the package that best suits their needs.