More on the New TV
When last we left off with my new TV
Remember how you used to hook up a television?
1. You attach the stripped wires from the roof antennae to two screws in the back of the set.
2. Plug in the TV
3. Push the on button
4. Fiddle with focus, contrast, and brightness button.
5. Screw around with the horizontal and vertical
6. Hit the top of the set with open palm to stop horizontal and vertical flicking
7. Watch TV
It took about 3 minutes. Our new smart TV was a little different.
1. Hook cable from cable box to TV
2. Plug red, green, and white plugs from DVD out to TV in.
3. Turn on TV and watch it automatically recognize all the inputs and synch up to them.
4. Turn on cable box TV works!
5. Test DVD…color not available
6. Scratch head and reread directions several times.
7. Unhook red, green, and white plugs and plug in again.
8. Test DVD…color not available.
9. Repeat step 6
10. Wife suggests using HDML connector instead of red, green, and white plugs.
11. Make fun of wife for stupid idea that makes no sense.
12. Do wife’s suggestion anyway.
13. Apologize to wife.
14. Follow directions for setting cable remote to work as a universal remote using the code number for your brand TV set. Samsung has 15 possible codes.
15. Twelfth code works, you are done and ready to enjoy TV with a universal remote.
This took less than an hour and forty-five minutes.
Now we checked out what the smart part of smart TV could do.
We connected to Wi-Fi and played with it for twenty minutes and decided that unless we get Netflix or some similar service we don’t really need the smart part of smart TV, but still we agreed it is pretty cool.
We watched a football game and the new size and picture was great except sometimes it seemed to me the contrast dimmed, but no, it was ok, just my imagination. Later that night we turned off the lights while we watched. The TV slowly dimmed. It was watchable, but strained the eyes. I thought it was just my imagination like during the football game, but no, it was definitely too dim.
Mrs. C figured out how to adjust the settings and increased the brightness. It was perfect again, but slowly started to fade. I was getting irritated.
“Why would they let you adjust the setting and then ignore your adjusted setting?”
“We’ll figure it out in the morning.”
In the morning, Mrs. C found a button that said “Auto bright adj.” set to yes. She set it to off and the picture remained at a correct brightness regardless of the light in the room. Apparently some genius decided that the average person would want the screen to dim when the light was low to save electricity. We decided to pay the extra $2.17 a year to have a picture we could watch comfortably.
It took a while, a few curses, and a headache or two, but we are finally enjoying the new TV.
I don’t want to have to set up a new TV again.