Now that you’ve chosen the perfect spot for your 4K TV, hooked up your streaming device or box, picked an excellent internet provider, and found the right HDMI cables … we’ve got to get those picture settings on point.
This might sound crazy to you, but you’re going to want to set your TV to the standard settings.
You know how you go to Costco, and the beautiful picture on the huge flat-screen TV just instantly draws your attention? Well, that brightness is only for that: the attraction.
If you want a real-life picture and accurate color, choose the “cinematic,” “movie,” or “calibrated” mode (the mode name is different for different brands).
You’ll still be taking full advantage of the colors and contrast your 4K TV offers.
And if your TV’s picture looks like a soap opera when you watch TV shows and movies (and you don’t like it), set the motion smoothing to the lowest possible setting.
But when you’re watching an NBA or NFL game, try turning the motion smoothing up to see if you like the realistic picture. Ya know, to feel like you’re sitting front row.
We recommend not playing too much with the display settings because you could find yourself with more problems than before (yikes).