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Tips for tweaking the TV to see the big game better

Posted February 4, 2021 4:13 p.m. EST
Updated February 4, 2021 5:30 p.m. EST

You have your wings, sliders and drinks ready for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

But what about your TV settings?

You spent all that money on your TV, so be sure it is giving you the best picture possible.

First, get rid of the preset mode.

“It may sound odd, but don’t use the sports mode for watching sports. It could artificially boost the color, contrast and brightness too much,” said Jim Willcox, Consumer Reports’ tech editor.

The presets that look best for sports include natural, cinema and movie mode. If you want to take it a step further, adjust your TV settings individually. To get ideal brightness or black level, Willcox said, find a nighttime scene from a TV show or movie.

“Basically, you’re trying to turn up the brightness or black levels as high as you can, and that’ll show you all the details in the image, but then you want to turn it down so the black areas look as dark as they can while still preserving some of the detail,” he added.

Do the same with the contrast, or white level, which affects how bright the field will look. To adjust it, use a picture with a lot of white and then lower and raise the contrast to the point that you don’t lose details.

Then, adjust the color temperature. Choose the warm or low setting so the white yard lines don’t appear too blue.

Finally, use the tint to make flesh tones look natural. The settings will help make for a picture perfect game on Sunday and when March Madness hits.

If you need to clean your screen, turn it off and only use a microfiber or lint-free cloth, instead of paper towels or spray cleaners. If your kids left serious smudges, barely dampen the cloth with water mixed with a drop of dish soap to clean it.

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