High-definition televisions are meant to provide vivid images.
High-definition televisions (HDTVs) are meant to provide you with high-quality pictures when viewing HD programing. But you may not be completely satisfied with your new HDTV, and not getting the sharp or vivid images you were expecting. Fortunately, HDTVs come with ways for you to maximize the picture quality.
1. Hook the television up to a cable or satellite receiver with an HDMI cable, since they provide the best picture quality for HDTV’s. There should be a slot on the back or side of your television labeled “HDMI.” There should also be a slot on the receiver labeled “HDMI.” Hook the HDMI cable into those two slots.
2. Press the “Menu” button on your television’s remote control and look for the video settings. Look for the video input settings. They should read 420, 720 and 1080. They also might have a letter next to them (for example, 480i or 1080i). The highest input setting a HDTV can go is 1080P, though some HDTVs only go up to 1080i. Adjust the input setting of the HDTV so it is at the highest setting it can go (720 is the minimum HD setting).
3. Adjust the picture settings on your television. Many HDTVs have a “Picture” button on the remote that automatically adjusts the picture quality on the television. Most have modes, such as “Standard,” which has all the picture settings at their default. There is also usually a “Movie” setting, in which the picture settings are adjusted for better movie viewing. There is also probably a “Vivid” setting, in which all the colors on the screen are brightened.
4. Customize your TV’s picture settings. Access the “Video” option from the main menu and adjust color, brightness and the other settings until the picture quality is satisfactory. Options, such as contrast, are best kept at around the default settings — adjusting them too much can severely hamper picture quality.