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]
posted by StrangeTikiGod
on Jul 28, 2014 -
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]
posted by tafetta, darling!
on Jul 5, 2014 -
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]
posted by Megami
on Mar 27, 2014 -
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!?
posted by Unsomnambulist
on Jan 17, 2014 -
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]
posted by ragtimepiano
on Jan 10, 2014 -
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?
posted by 4midori
on Dec 20, 2013 -
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]
posted by juliebug
on Oct 28, 2013 -
I finally upgraded my Direct TV service, the old Tivo bit the dust. So naturally I'm looking to upgrade the television... [more inside]
posted by Marky
on Oct 6, 2013 -
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]
posted by SixteenTons
on Sep 2, 2013 -
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]
posted by zardoz
on Apr 30, 2013 -
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]
posted by kitcat
on Mar 19, 2013 -
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]
posted by Challahtronix
on Mar 12, 2013 -
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?
posted by apennington
on Sep 19, 2012 -
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]
posted by bbqturtle
on Aug 6, 2012 -
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]
posted by 5ean
on Jul 22, 2012 -
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]
posted by That's Numberwang!
on Jul 22, 2012 -
I'm trying to find a service that allows for customizable "widgets" for display on a large screen. [more inside]
posted by nathanm
on Jun 7, 2012 -
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?
posted by Effigy2000
on May 12, 2012 -
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]
posted by churl
on Feb 1, 2012 -
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.
posted by paphun123
on Jan 16, 2012 -
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]
posted by IAmBroom
on Jan 5, 2012 -
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]
posted by scarylarry
on Jan 2, 2012 -
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]
posted by anazgnos
on Dec 23, 2011 -
Concerned about "backlight bleed" on Samsung 40" I just bought, can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by ascetic
on Nov 26, 2011 -
How can I fix a lag between the HDTV image and the audio coming through the speakers? [more inside]
posted by mark7570
on Oct 20, 2011 -
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.
posted by aburd
on Oct 4, 2011 -
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]
posted by Tehhund
on Oct 4, 2011 -
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.
posted by jasondigitized
on Sep 9, 2011 -
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]
posted by Dec One
on Aug 20, 2011 -
I just need to calibrate one thing to be happy with my HDTV. If I only knew what that thing is called.... [more inside]
posted by edmz
on Jun 4, 2011 -
What's the difference between using A/V receiver to do switching (all HDMI) and using HDTV to do it? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear
on Mar 11, 2011 -
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]
posted by davebug
on Feb 23, 2011 -
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]
posted by teedee2000
on Feb 21, 2011 -
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]
posted by TrashyRambo
on Jan 2, 2011 -
LED LCD HDTV? I'm looking to finally replace my 1998-vintage CRT with a Samsung 40" LED LCD @120 Hz (model #UN40C6300SF). It's on sale at Best Buy and the reviews have been very positive with a few complaints of bad panels and visible corner "flashlighting" in a dark room. Anyone have experience with LED TVs? I like their sexy slimness, but are they built to last? Should I wait another year for a comparably-priced 3D version?
posted by timnyc
on Nov 22, 2010 -