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How to hide a pair of HDTV wall mounts?

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 - 7 answers

Antenna Support Group

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 - 8 answers

Yet another HD + Mac question

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 - 11 answers

Why do hotel HDTV's always have the wrong aspect ratio & bad reception?

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 - 13 answers

Cleaned tv screen, lost video completely---even inputs do not appear

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 - 7 answers

Using Hulu (free) with Chromecast on iOS?

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 - 7 answers

Best options for a new HDTV

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 - 11 answers

What TV has good sound?

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 - 12 answers

Is this TV worth fixing? What's the problem?

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 - 6 answers

How to fix the LOUD and the quiet on my TV?

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 - 9 answers

Why did The Walking Dead look like crap on my new 50 inch LED HDTV?

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 - 28 answers

How do antenna TV channels "work" now? How do I find & add new ones?

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 - 5 answers

Please help me get all of my a/v equipment to play nice with my new hdtv.

Please help me get all of my a/v equipment to play nice with my new hdtv. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Jan 3, 2013 - 21 answers

finally flattening

Recommend an HDTV, late 2012 edition. [more inside]
posted by Zed on Oct 24, 2012 - 8 answers

How to make a TV appear broken ...without breaking it

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 - 28 answers

I want to customize my house without the elbow grease and project disasters.

Are there stores/services that will DIY for me? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I record a digital (HD?) OTA broadcast with a MBP?

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]
posted by Brian Puccio on Sep 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me purchase an HDTV!

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 - 10 answers

My TV is dead.

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 - 4 answers

How do we keep our HDTV safe from our cat?

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 - 8 answers

I'm trying to find a service that allows for customizable "widgets" for display on a large screen.

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 - 5 answers

Help me stop killing my eyesight in Mac OS on an HDTV.

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 - 12 answers

Help me pick a decent medium-size HDTV.

Help me pick a decent medium-size HDTV. [more inside]
posted by philipy on Apr 13, 2012 - 11 answers

TV Party Tonight!

Help me choose the right small HDTV. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Mar 10, 2012 - 15 answers

A VCR for my parents

I need a VCR that can record with an HDTV. [more inside]
posted by unreason on Mar 6, 2012 - 14 answers

How well would a "Digital Signage Display" work as a home HDTV?

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 - 10 answers

HDTV antenna amplifier recommendation?

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 - 6 answers

Computer to TV Issues

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 - 4 answers

What's a good HDTV for watching old films?

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 - 11 answers

Most forgiving blu-ray/media player?

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 - 8 answers

Home theater test discs

Help me test the limits of my new home theater by recommending some good discs. [more inside]
posted by Protocols of the Elders of Sockpuppetry on Dec 9, 2011 - 27 answers

Blacklight bleed on Samsung 40 inch TV

Concerned about "backlight bleed" on Samsung 40" I just bought, can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Nov 26, 2011 - 6 answers

How to fix audio/video mismatch between HDTV and speakers?

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 - 13 answers

Sonos and HDTV

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 - 8 answers

I want these recordings to stay with me forever.

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 - 14 answers

One Home Entertainment System to Rule Them All

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 - 13 answers

Is it worth it to keep my HDTV or just get a regular TV + Apple TV?

Just bought an HDTV. Is it worth it, or should I just get a regular TV + Apple TV? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Sep 3, 2011 - 20 answers

Need help navigating the HTPC hardware options

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 - 17 answers

The last person in Austin, Texas without an Iphone or flat screen TV

I'm considering buying a internet-ready HDTV. Good idea? [more inside]
posted by seventyfour on Jun 9, 2011 - 18 answers

An HDTV with less highlights, please

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 - 10 answers

HDMI help

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 - 13 answers

Why does white on TV make noise?

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 - 10 answers

Bigscreen-friendly Mac apps for HDTVs?

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 - 10 answers

Transatlantic television technical teaser

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 - 11 answers

I think a pawn shop might be a better option than Best Buy.

How do I hook up an Atari 2600 to a modern HDTV? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Dec 27, 2010 - 11 answers

Why is my LCD HDTV flickering based on the contents of the scene?

Why is my LCD TV dimming every time there's a dark scene in a movie? [more inside]
posted by geodave on Dec 26, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me waste more of my time...in style.

How much HDTV is enough HDTV? [more inside]
posted by elder18 on Nov 28, 2010 - 13 answers

LED LCD HDTV?

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 - 6 answers

Looking for HDTV recommendationsr

Looking for 46" HDTV recommendations. [more inside]
posted by sah on Nov 14, 2010 - 10 answers

Which one of these three 37" LED 1080p HDTVs should I buy for my bedroom?

Which one of these three 37" LED 1080p HDTVs should I buy for my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Oct 28, 2010 - 10 answers

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