TVs

Why is my TV image cropping?

Aspect Ratios

Episode 1710

Donald from Camarillo, CA

Donald is dealing with a horizontal crop issue on his TV. He tried to change the aspect ratio, but all he seems to be able to do is zoom it in, which doesn't help. Leo says that there could be a fit screen option that's been enabled. It could be called Zoom or Stretch. Underscan may also be the option. Try looking for that and disable it. Also, look for 1-for-1 / 1:1.or 16:9. Some movies may end up with letterboxing however. If it does, then zooming it will distort the image and crop off the image like that. So check your aspect ratio settings.

What TV Should I Buy?

TCL

Episode 1691

Charles from Virginia Beach, VA

Charles wants to get a new TV. But he's confused. LED. LCD. OLED? Leo says there are really only two technologies OLED and LED. LEDs are less expensive and work better in bright ambient light. OLEDs are better image quality and color, but he will need to darken the room. Then there's resolution. Most TVs now are 4K. That translates to a sharper image and with HDR, there's bolder colors and better blacks. It also gives better detail in bright light or darker scenes. Leo recommends TCL, it has Roku built-in and they are very affordable. Another option is HiSense.

Scott Wilkinson - quantum dotted

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1691

Scott Wilkinson reports that Samsung Display will stop making LCD panels by the end of next year. The parent company, Samsung Electronics, will still make LCD TVs, getting their panels from elsewhere. But what they are going to be doing is focusing solely on QLED, quantum dot LED panels. Scott says that they are LCD TVs with a quantum dot backlight. It takes blue OLED material and passes it through quantum dot material, converting it to blue, red, or green. It's a process called Quantum Dot Conversion, or QDCC. And it'll hit the market next year. Samsung will also be making a QD OLED. 

What's an Affordable 55" TV?

TCL

Episode 1689

Pete from Clinton Township, Michigan

Pete has a TV that won't turn on with the remote. He has to turn it on manually from behind. So he's looking for a new 55" that won't break the bank. Leo says that TCL and HiSense are very affordable because they are trying to break into the US market. Much like Vizio. TCL also has a Roku built into it, making it very affordable.

Scott Wilkinson ... Nothing New

Scott

Episode 1685

Scott joins Leo to talk about good low-cost TVs and soundbars to handle the quarantine. Looking at $500 or less. Digital Trends says the TCL 55-R625 Series gets top marks. It has Roku built-in. HiSense has one for $50 less, but with fewer local dimming zones. The Vizio M658 65" TV is also a great option for the money. It uses quantum dot technology for better local dimming. 

Ratings recommends the Hisense 55H8 and 65H8. The 55" is $380 at BestBuy. Great deal.  

Why is my TV "fluttering?"

Apple TV

Episode 1666

Jack from Riverside, CA

Jack is having a "fluttering" issue with his AppleTV, where it goes to black. Spectrum says it's a box problem, and it should be rebooted. Apple says it shouldn't. Leo says that Apple is wrong; he has to reboot his AppleTV all the time. It's easy by pressing the menu and home button at the same time for five seconds. Stuttering can also indicate a bandwidth issue. Samsung also says his TV is out of date as well. But Leo says that it's probably not the TV. He suspects that his carrier Spectrum and a bad app. Uninstall the app and reinstall it. Also, try using a wired ethernet connection.

Can TVs Automatically Adjust Sound During Commercials?

FCC

Episode 1665

Rich from Poway, CA

Rich wants to know if there's an app that can automatically adjust his commercial volume on his TV. They get louder than regular programming. Leo says that the FCC has required the volume being the same, but due to volume compression, it can sound louder than it actually is. A lot of AV receivers and TVs have an average sound feature that will adjust it. 

Dickie D also shows off the "Shut the F up" Smash TV Mute Button, which will mute the TV during commercials with a quick smash.

What 70"+ TV Should I Buy?

Samsung Q70

Episode 1665

Ed from Tulsa, OK

Ed is looking for a 70" plus TV. What's the sweet spot for where to sit and which model should he buy? He can't find any mention of full-array local dimming. Scott says some do include the spec, some don't. But that doesn't mean that aren't FALD. The Samsung 70" Q70 is FALD, as is the Q80 and Q90. Scott also says the Sony X50 isn't, but the X950 is. Most LG TVs are edge-lit. 15 feet is ideal for and 80-85" TV.

Scott Wilkinson ... 22 miles

Scott

Episode 1659

Scott joins Leo to talk about all he saw at CES 2020. One of the nifty things he saw was an OLED gaming monitor that was 4K OLED with a variable 360fps refresh rate. 8K TVs were everywhere, including a 292" Wall by Samsung. MicroLEDs are the next generation TV, and while we're a few years away from being affordable, the technology will be the future once they make the production of the MLEDs scalable for production. Another trend was "miniLED." Tens of thousands of dimming zones and LEDs make for more consistent lighting from light to dark. TCL will be offering miniLEDs this year.