I have long used a Samsung LCD TV as a monitor. It works for me, with adjustment of the settings (backlight, sharpness, special display compensations turned off, etc.) as well as the graphic system's. So is there a good reason to buy a computer display that bills itself as a monitor over an HDTV? I've done a short search and the reasons given don't convince me, since they don't mention display quality differences. (Reasons, some old, include: can't go higher than x resolution, connectors, speakers...) [more inside]
We are ready to upgrade from our ancient TiVo to a DVR that is compatible with Dish Network and supports an HD signal (yes, we are behind the times). Before we pull the trigger, we want to know what to expect. I mean, yes, we expect it to change channels and record things, but...do you like it? Does the UI work well? Anything we should know about going in?
I have a non-functioning HDTV with no visible damage. Is there any way to wring any remaining value out of it? [more inside]
I'm about to rent an apartment that has a pair of HDTV mounts; one in the living room, and a smaller one in the bedroom. Anyone got any ideas for creative, non-destructive repurposings for wall mounted HDTV racks? [more inside]
We've got a fancy new window antenna and so far are getting nothing but snow. I think we need to raise our game a level to finding a really good online discussion group with lots of people with lots of different televisions. [more inside]
Finally giving in and getting a ginormous screen. What is going to work best with what I have and what I want to do. [more inside]
Without fail, every hotel I've been to in the past few years with an HDTV has most of their channels in the wrong aspect ratio and with many channels having poor reception. Worse, even the pay per view, new release Hollywood films are often shown in the wrong aspect. I can't be the first person to complain, and this seems so widespread to be a bigger problem, so I must ask, WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?
I used a bit of water on a tissue to wipe clean a smear on our small kitchen hdtv. Shortly afterward, we lost the video. [more inside]
I've googled this, but every reference is to Hulu Plus. I have an iPod 5th gen, and the Chromecast dongle plugged in to my TV. Using the Chrome browser for iPod + Chromecast app, watching stuff like Netflix works fine. However, when I visit Hulu.com, the site detects my OS/Browser, and won't serve me content unless I buy Hulu Plus. Of course I can plug my laptop directly in to the TV, and watch Hulu's free programming that way. But not with Chromecast. Is there a way to mimic a desktop browser in Chrome, and then 'Cast' a Hulu program to the TV? Other options?
I have a new (to me -- it's about 10 months old overall, I think) HDTV that, unfortunately, doesn't have an Ethernet port nor does it have wireless connectivity. It was a gift, of sorts, so I'm kind of stuck with it. Since I had a very old standard set, it's still an upgrade. Now, I'm looking at options for HD television content, like maybe the Roku, AppleTV or any other neat solutions that I don't know about yet. [more inside]
I finally upgraded my Direct TV service, the old Tivo bit the dust. So naturally I'm looking to upgrade the television... [more inside]
I got a Samsung CRT HDTV on freecycle, and it has a problem that was undisclosed in the posting (see video link in extended explanation). Is it worth fixing, or should I switch back to my other TV and move on with my life? [more inside]
When I watch a movie on my TV, the audio is very LOUD and the dialogue is often quiet. I have to turn up the volume--way up--to hear dialogue and then BAM! An action scene with lots of explosions and heavy music forces me to turn it way down. The constant switching drives me nuts! [more inside]
Finally replaced our old dinosaur television and the first thing we did was watch The Walking Dead. It looked unbelievably awful in a way I find hard to describe - maybe like watching The Littlest Hobo in the 90s. Can some settings be changed to fix this? [more inside]
I've been cable-less for the past few years and have been using antennas with my HDTVs for TV reception and have been very content, except I really have no clue what I'm supposed to be doing. To wit: [more inside]
Please help me get all of my a/v equipment to play nice with my new hdtv. [more inside]
Recommend an HDTV, late 2012 edition. [more inside]
We have a basic Toshiba LCD HDTV (2 yrs old). I want to disable it for the next six weeks so no one can use it. I.E. it needs to appear as if it is broken, but it really isn't. I need to make sure all plugged in peripherals (DVD, Wii, AppleTV, antennae, and cable TV) cannot be viewed. Any ideas?
Are there stores/services that will DIY for me? [more inside]
The last time I watched a TV broadcast, it had rabbit ears and I was 12. How do I record (ideally in HD) this week's PBS broadcasting of the Ring Cycle? [more inside]
I haven't seen a post for this in the last year. Help me buy a nice 32-42in TV by answering a few questions about my price range, TV options, etc :) [more inside]
I have an Olevia LCD TV bought in 2008. For about a week, it would have no sound on any input after being turned on but a quick power cycle would fix it. Now it's stone-cold dead. No glowing LED on the power button like normal and it is definitely plugged in properly to a live outlet. What should I do now? [more inside]
We are ready to buy an HDTV. We need help figuring out how to anchor it -- not to the wall, but down to the shelf where it will live. [more inside]
I'm trying to find a service that allows for customizable "widgets" for display on a large screen. [more inside]
A MacOS n00b (me) seeks knowledgable a MacOS user to help him with a problem. I've connected my brand new Mac Mini to an HDTV via an HDMI cable. I'm running it in 1080p since I bought the mini to use as an HTPC. But in this resolution, system text (such as the wind name, the URL bar in Safari etc) is killing my eyes. It's pretty small and barely readable from my couch. How do I fix this?
Help me pick a decent medium-size HDTV. [more inside]
Help me choose the right small HDTV. [more inside]
I need a VCR that can record with an HDTV. [more inside]
I'm shopping for an HDTV, and might have lucked into an excellent deal on a Panasonic TH-50PF30U "digital signage display". Help me understand the difference between a consumer plasma HDTV and a digital signage plasma HDTV, because this is the first time I've heard of the latter. [more inside]
HDTV antenna amplifier recommendations? I live in an apartment in a downtown area and the TV reception is poor even with my antenna designed for fringe reception. My current antenna amplifier is a Winegard HD200 with forward gain of 24dB which definitely helps, but can you recommend an even more effective amplifier for O.T.A. reception in the U.S.? Sometime back there was a recommendation to hook two amplifiers in series but my experience doing that showed a decline in performance and I think the theory states that reflection of signal back toward the source can diminish any improvement, ie the gains of two amplifiers in line are not additive. If I can get the amplifier thru Amazon, that's a plus. Thanks.
Hooking computer to TV via HDMI-to-Component converter, and I need to establish if the converter box is the unworking part of the path. [more inside]
What should I be shopping for if I'm looking to buy an HDTV and plan on watching a lot of older, often black-and-white films? My attempts at research have left me better informed, but also completely confused. [more inside]
My Blu-Ray player will play AVI, MKV & other video files but it is a little too finicky about which ones it will accept. Is there a more liberal, tolerant, and accepting player on the market? [more inside]
Help me test the limits of my new home theater by recommending some good discs. [more inside]
Concerned about "backlight bleed" on Samsung 40" I just bought, can you help me out? [more inside]
How can I fix a lag between the HDTV image and the audio coming through the speakers? [more inside]
How does HDTV output sound on Sonos speakers? I only see an analog in on the back of the speaker set. I am thinking about using an S5 as the primary speakers in my medium sized living room. Is the quality going to bug me? Is there a reason no reviews at all mention doing this? I use an AppleTV and Uverse on my Samsung, if that matters.
Help me record HD TV and keep it forever on my computer. Difficulty: there's no coax out on my cable boxes, just component and HDMI. [more inside]
I would like to buy a home entertainment system. I would like to listen to music, watch television, movies, and play videogames. I would like to have Netflix. I would like to stream media from my network or the cloud. I want great sound but I am not an audiophile, although I am not averse to spending a lot on speakers. I do not want to spend more than 8 hours doing research. I will spend up to $2500-$3000. How do I attack this problem? Can you recommend specific TV's, receivers, speakers, or stuff like a Roku box? Can you recommend sites that provide easy to understand, objective reviews of equipment like TelevisionInfo? I do not want to hit the forums if I don't have to. Can you recommend specific configurations of equipment or point me to sites that supply this information. I feel like if I don't get pointed in the right direction, I am going to over analyze this and spend far too much time that I don't have. I just want a rocking home entertainment solution for my family that I won't want to upgrade a week later.
Just bought an HDTV. Is it worth it, or should I just get a regular TV + Apple TV? [more inside]
I want to buy or build a home theater PC and I'm overwhelmed by the options for hardware. Mac or PC? Low-end or mid-range? [more inside]
I'm considering buying a internet-ready HDTV. Good idea? [more inside]
I just need to calibrate one thing to be happy with my HDTV. If I only knew what that thing is called.... [more inside]
What's the difference between using A/V receiver to do switching (all HDMI) and using HDTV to do it? [more inside]
Why does white on a TV screen cause audible buzzing noise? It's obvious more on an all-white screen, but even small amounts like captions. It seems like it's been this way for decades, through CRT and on to plasma HDTV screens. [more inside]
I love my HDTV hooked up to a Mac Mini, but I want it to look like more than a computer desktop with icons. Any recommendations for bigscreen Mac apps that will bring the TV to life with Twitter updates, news feeds, ambient phantasmagoria, you name it? [more inside]
I have a USA-standard Samsung LCD flatscreen TV (specifically this one). I'm moving to the UK in a couple of months and would rather not have to replace it. What do I need to do to make it work in the UK? [more inside]
Why is my LCD TV dimming every time there's a dark scene in a movie? [more inside]
How much HDTV is enough HDTV? [more inside]