You’re Using Your TV Incorrectly – 3 Big Mistakes That Are Ruining Your TV Quality

IF YOU’VE spent a pretty penny on a brand new TV, you want it to look as fresh as possible.

Here are three simple mistakes people make that can ruin the quality of their image – don’t worry, they’re easy to fix.

Choosing the right picture mode is crucial


Choosing the right picture mode is crucialPhoto credit: Getty

1) Choose the right picture mode

A simple place to start is the picture mode, which has the greatest impact on the overall picture of your TV.

The picture mode you choose automatically adjusts several aspects of your TV’s picture at the touch of a button.

Most boxes offer a range of presets that usually include Cinema, Games, Sports, Dynamics, Standard, and more.

It is usually recommended that you stick to Film (Samsung), Cinema (LG and Sony) or Calibrated (Vizio) picture mode.

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These modes come closest to the official HD and UHD standards, meaning they present shows and movies the way the creators intended.

Try your TV’s picture mode and choose the one that suits you best.

If your device is in a bright room, you may find that you’re better off choosing a setting like Dynamic or Vivid, which work best for naturally lit rooms, as they exaggerate the contrast.

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2) Balance sharpness

On modern televisions, changing the sharpness of the picture adds or removes something called “edge enhancement”.

This is a thin shadow, or “halo,” that surrounds images to help you see detail in the image.

If you sharpen too high, the halo effect is very visible, making the image look unnatural.

Turn the sharpness all the way down to zero and you’re left with a blurry image with ill-defined images.

To find the right balance for you, go into your settings and turn it all the way down before increasing it in small increments.

Stop when you are happy with the picture. You should have a well-defined image with no obvious edge enhancement.

3) Adjust the backlight

Your TV backlight adjusts the overall brightness of your picture.

In bright, naturally lit rooms, it is better to increase the backlight setting to see the image better.

In darker rooms – or when watching TV with the curtains drawn – you can dim the backlight to avoid eye strain.

The setting depends entirely on your personal preference and the environment in which your TV is located.

Try looking with the backlight halfway lit and play around until you find a comfortable image.

Keep in mind that turning on your backlight uses more energy and therefore costs you more to run – although the difference is small.

In some cases, having the backlight turned all the way up can shorten the life of your TV.

BONUS: Change your Netflix subscription

An easy way to improve your picture quality is to change the subscription plan of your favorite streaming service.

Platforms like Netflix will only show you content in 4K – the highest picture quality on the cheapest TVs – when you pay the highest price.

A premium subscription will set you back £15.99/$19.99 per month.

If you pay for Netflix’s cheaper plans, you can watch the same content, just not in 4K or Ultra HD.

If you have a TV that supports 4K, it might be worth upgrading your payment plan to get the most out of your box.

Keep in mind that not everything in the app is available in 4K. You can check if a show or movie supports 4K in the Netflix description.

Competitors Amazon Prime and Disney+ don’t charge extra for 4K and UHD movies and shows.

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Reset to default

If you’ve meddled a little too far and would rather have things the way you started, you can usually find a reset option in the settings.

Clicking on the Rest option will reset your picture to the default settings, meaning your TV will look just as it came out of the box.

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