Are you and your TV ready for thenext Sunday, February 2? If you are not one of the lucky fans who can view the game in person at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, then you are probably one of more than 1
Many people use the Super Bowl as an excuse forbut most of you will stick to your existing model. In both cases, you want to make sure that your TV is ready for the game, especially if you organize an epic party . This is how.
Football is a complicated visual experience, with many wide-angle images where large parts of the field are visible at the same time, often littered with too small players. More than most TV shows, it is most suitable for larger screens. You get a better experience if you watch as large a TV as possible, especially for a party.
If your TV is smaller, you can get a similar effect by sitting closer. High-def andoften look great even from short distances, so it may be worth moving your seat closer to the TV for the game. That is, if this does not obscure your friends' screen.
Check the configuration: HDMI, high-def, 4K and Wi-Fi
The first thing you want to do is make sure that the. If you have a high-definition cable or satellite box, make sure it is connected via . You also want to make sure that you are tuned to the high-def version of the broadcast – available on Fox. Most cable and satellite providers in the US have both HD and standard definition channels and HD looks much better.
This year the Super Bowl is also availablefrom more places than ever. If you stream the game, you want to have enough bandwidth. Make sure that other devices in your house outside of your TV – such as the children streaming 4K Netflix upstairs – do not use WiFi at the same time. You can also try to move things around, go with a wired Ethernet connection or, if all else fails, upgrade your internet speed. For more information, see .
Those tips quadruple for the 4K version of the game,. They recommend an internet speed of 25 Mbps, which is no change. If you are not sure how fast your connection is, download a speed test app for your smart TV or media reader and test it, preferably during a busy evening. Super Bowl Sunday is getting busy on the internet and depending on your provider you may experience dropouts or buffering. It pays to have a backup plan in the worst case, for example to watch Fox broadcast over the air.
Sound is important
You must certainly also set your audio correctly. If you use the TV speakers for audio, set your box or device to output stereo as opposed to 5.1 surround sound (Dolby Digital). But hopefully you use an external audio system or a soundbar that can deliver not only real or simulated surround sound – perfect for that noise from the crowd in Miami – but also a much better dialogue.
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Perhaps you are the kind of person who would rather listen to the crowd and reject the announcers. If that is the case, try playing with the sound controls. Many TV & # 39; s and external sound systems have a multi-band equalizer that allows you to lower certain frequencies independently of others, dampening the sounds you do not want to hear. If your equipment does not have an equalizer, try experimenting with a sound mode or even with the bass and treble controls.
And if you happen to listen to the surround sound broadcast on a surround system, you can lower the sound to the middle channel to minimize the dialogue of the announcers. Conversely, if you prefer to hear them across the crowd, lower the other speakers (left, right, and surround) and turn the center up.
Image settings: clear ideas
At CNET, we calibrateto get the best image quality. If you happen to own one of the TV & # 39; s that we reviewed, you can try our calibrated settings yourself. Search our TV settings forum for your TV to find out if we, or another reader, have made settings for it.
Our calibrations take place in a dark room, but with a start time of 15:30. PT, West Coast watchers get the game started during the day – and that often requires a better picture. If the image appears too weak, try increasing the backlight control, thereby increasing the illumination (usually LED & # 39; s) behind the LCD screen. If you have an OLED TV, try increasing the OLED Light instead. Also make sure that you switch off room light sensors, automatic brightness controllers or energy saving controllers.
Depending on your TV, you may also have designed an image mode for a bright room. Look for something like "Brighter" or "Calibrated Clear" to get a clarity boost without the terrible color of a vibrant or dynamic mode. If your TV does not have such a & # 39; n mode, you must choose the movie or cinema mode and again, if it seems too dark, increase the brightness as described above.
It is not easy to be green
During our calibrations we try to get the most accurate color possible. For football, the most common color you see is the green of the field, and if it's not accurate, it's pretty easy to see. The human eye is sensitive to green and you can usually see if it looks too brown or dull, or too yellowish or vibrant.
If you do not have access to our image settings, one of the best ways to ensure accurate colors, including green, is to enable the Film or Cinema setting. Yes, it sounds counter-intuitive, but Movie usually offers a more accurate color of green than Sports or other image modes. They often look worn and oversaturated, with greens that are much more intense than in real life. If you like the spicy appearance, on the other hand, you might prefer one of those modes to a more accurate one.
On some TVs, the movie settings look too dark, even if you turn the backlight higher. If that is the case, choose a different image mode and look for a control called "color space" or something similar. There you want to choose the "HD" or "Auto" or "Rec 709" setting, not the "Native" setting. You can also make the grass appear more natural by reducing color control. See.
If you have a TV that is equipped withyou may also want to experiment with those institutions. Look for a setting named Auto Motion Plus on Samsung, TruMotion on LG, Smooth Motion Effect on Vizio and MotionFlow on Sony TV & # 39; s. Football can sometimes benefit from the blurring effects of those settings, but on the other hand you can notice artifacts, such as paths behind fast moving objects such as a ball during a fast pass or goal kick. If you notice these effects, try turning the setting off completely.
Last step: sit back and enjoy
If you don't make the trek to Miami or buy a new TV, at least you have a few ideas to get your TV into play time. Feel free to redesign your home cinema in 49ers or Chiefs glory, invite your friends and shout at the screen.
Originally published last year. Updated for Super Bowl 2020.