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Your TV settings are all wrong – here’s how to make the picture better

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NOTHING quite beats putting your feet up in front of the telly – but you’re missing out on the full experience.

Whether you’re switching on for Corrie or popping on the latest Netflix blockbuster, the settings on your TV are there to make it that bit better.

Smart TVs have a range of settings that most people don't bother with

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Smart TVs have a range of settings that most people don’t bother withCredit: Getty

So give some of these tricks a go and see what improvements you get.

Picture mode

This one is the biggy on pretty much every TV which you can make use of.

You may find it tucked within the TV’s settings menu, but most have a button on the remote to access it.

Picture mode is usually set to a default, but there are various options to suit different needs, such as movies.

Have a flick through the modes that come up and see which one feels best for what you’re watching.

Contrast and brightness

There are a bunch of settings you can fiddle around with yourself on TVs these days.

These include contrast and brightness – you’ll find them on the TV settings menu.

It’s best if you pause what you’re watching on a still scene, so you can mess about with each one until it looks right.

Contrast takes care of the bright bits of the image, while the brightness setting changes the dark areas.

Making either of these too high or low won’t offer the best result but a slight adjustment might do the trick.

Sharpness and colour

Sharpness is a funny one – it basically works as an edge enhancement but this can actually take away some of the finer detail. Try this on the lower side of the scale.

Colour temperature will deal with how warm or cool you want the images to appear, so have a play around until it looks natural and – most importantly – pleasing on the eye.

There are also some dynamic black and dynamic contrast options which are usually switched on automatically – turn them off and see if it makes things better.

Motion smoothing

Look on the internet and people are divided about so-called motion smoothing.

It is meant to cut down on juddering and blurs but some believe it makes scenes look unnatural.

We’ll let you be the judge for yourself – if your TV has the option, test what it’s like turned off.

Reset

If you’ve meddled a bit too far and would prefer things how you started, you can usually find a reset option in the settings, which will take it back to how you had the TV out of the box.

If all goes wrong, just reset the settings to undo all the changes you made

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If all goes wrong, just reset the settings to undo all the changes you madeCredit: Getty
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