Getting Your LED TV Ready To Watch Your Favorite Sport

Last Update date : 2013.06.03

Getting Your LED TV Ready To Watch Your Favorite Sport


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To get your TV ready for the game, and to make sure you have the best viewing experience possible, we have prepared this guide to help you adjust picture and audio settings, and to use special features to enhance your experience of the game. You may not be there but with your TV set up properly you can feel like you are.

Important: Your TV may not have all the settings described in this article or they may be labeled slightly different. Please refer to your users manual for more exact information on your model.

Click on what you would like to learn about and we will jump you to that section.

Picture Settings

Audio Settings

Adding A Home Theater

Using Apps

Picture Settings

Your Samsung TV has a ton of different picture settings and you may not know what all of them do. If you have not calibrated your TV to your viewing area already lets go over a few adjustments that may enhance your viewing experience.

Important: These are only suggested changes, your viewing area or preferences may differ from the suggested settings. Choose the settings that look best to you not what looks best to someone else.

  1. Start by selecting the pre-set picture mode that you think looks best, we suggest Standard, Natural, or Movie because they will give you access to the most picture setting adjustments and are pre-set to be compatible with the average viewing environments.
  1. Depending on your viewing preferences adjust the different picture settings to improve the picture quality for your viewing area. Here are some of the picture setting that we suggest you check, for more information on the different picture settings click here to visit our how to guide "Operation: How To Change The Picture Settings On Your LED TV".
    • Backlight: Adjusting the backlight will change how bright the lighting source behind the TVs panel is.
      • Having the backlight set too high with the lights turned off or dimmed (a low light environment) will increase eye fatigue and can create light leaking from the edges (backlight bleeding).
      • Having the backlight set too low with all the lights on or a lot of natural light will make the picture too dark and dull and limit your ability to see many details of the on-screen images.
    • Color / Color Contrast: This option will adjust the intensity of the colors (saturation) Increasing the contrast of the colors too much can make the colors over saturated or what many call "loud" or artificial looking. Setting this too low will make the colors look dull or washed out. Play with the setting until the color intensity looks correct to you.
    • Brightness and Contrast: When you adjust one it will affect the other. If you feel the need make small adjustments to these settings. These settings are different than backlight because they change what the TV interprets as white. If these are adjusted incorrectly the picture will end up too light and washed out or to Dark and detail will be lost in the shadows.
  1. After adjusting the main picture settings there are a few settings in the Picture Options menu that you may want to adjust.
    • Color Tone: The Color Tone option will change intensity of the white light in the picture which will add a blue or red hue to your picture. Depending on the picture mode you select (For example: Standard, Dynamic, Movie) some color tones will be grayed out. There are 4 different options for color tone;
  • Warm 1: Adds a warm pink hue to colors.
  • Warm 2: Adds a stronger pink hue to colors.
  • Standard: Adds no hue to colors.
  • Cool: Adds a cool blue hue to colors.
  • Auto Motion Plus* (Select Model): The Auto Motion Plus option will help provide a smooth frame transition when watching fast action programming like a sporting event. This feature corrects two different picture problems, Blur and Judder. When set correctly AMP can reduce the amount of noticeable blur or judder on your TV. If set incorrectly this option may over compensate for this motion and disrupt your viewing experience. The AMP feature refers to the process of inserting extra frames (interpolation) into the video. Your TVs panel is always refreshing at 120Hz or 240Hz depending on your model.

    For sporting events we usually recommend using the Smooth setting. If you feel like this option is interfering with your viewing experience try the other settings to see which you prefer. If none of the options enhance your viewing set the option to Off.

    1. After adjusting the main picture settings there are a few settings in the Advanced Settings menu that you may want to adjust.
      • Dynamic Contrast: This setting can be set to: Off, Low, Medium, and High. Setting this option can enhance or degrade the picture. If the setting is set too high it can "crush" the blacks making them darker than they should be. If not set high enough the blacks and other colors may appear to light or washed out.
      • Color Space: Color space refers to the range of color that the TV supports. External devices connecting to the TV or a signal may support a different color gamut than the TV. If a device or signal is sending a different color gamut and the TV is expanding that range to the TV's full color range this will change the saturation of the colors and could enhance or degrade the picture. The color space option has three settings.
        • Native: This will expand all incoming signals to the native color gamut of the TV; this can enhance the colors or over saturate them.
        • Auto: The TV will adjust the display gamut to match the incoming signal to prevent any over saturation of the colors.
        • Custom: Set your own parameters. Reset the custom mode if you are unsatisfied with the results.
      • Flesh Tone: The flesh tone option allows you to fine tune the flesh colors in the picture without affecting the other colors on the screen. Moving the bar in the positive direction will add more red to your flesh tones. Moving the bar into the negative direction will decrease the amount of red in your flesh tones.
      • Edge Enhancement: The edge enhancement feature functions much like the "Sharpness" option. The difference is it attempts to eliminate any artificial edging created by the sharpness function. This feature can be turned on and off to your viewing preference.

    Audio Settings

    Being able to see a great picture is one thing but without being able to hear the action the game becomes less enjoyable. All Samsung HD TVs come with stereo speakers built into them that can provide a great stereo playback for your program. There are a couple things that you can do to improve the sound quality of your TV speakers.

    • Sound Mode: select the pre-set picture mode that you think looks best, we suggest Standard or amplify depending on your room size.
    • Sound Effect:
      • SRS Trusurround HD: SRS TruSurround HD accepts up to 6.1 input channels and renders virtual surround sound from 2.0 speaker configurations. In addition to improving dialog clarity and maximizing bass response. Enable this option to create a surround sound like experience without a home theater.
      • SRS Trudialog: Separates and boosts vocals often buried and difficult to understand when competing with the surround mix. This approach varies from traditional approaches which only boost the frequency range known to contain vocals. TruDialog separates the vocals regardless of their frequency and boosts their level accordingly. This breakthrough approach ensures crisp, clear and intelligible vocals.
      • Equalizer: Allows you to adjust the different Hz ranges independently to change your treble and bass to improve the audio playback for your preferences

    Adding A Home Theater

    If you want to have a true surround sound experience that will put you in the center of the action you will need to add a home theater to your home entertainment system. If you have a new or existing home theater there are a few things to check to make sure that it is setup properly for viewing. In this guide we will only provide the settings and setup configuration from the TV. If you would like instruction for your Samsung home theater please visit the how to guide section for your home theater. If you have a non-Samsung home theater please review the manufacturer instruction for that home theater.

    1. If you are using a home theater you want to mute your TV speakers to prevent any echo from the slight delay there may be between the TV speakers and the home theater. You can set the Speaker Select option to External Speakers which will internally mute the TV speaker. This option is good if you always use the home theater for sound, if you do not we suggest just lowering the TVs volume to 0.
    2. Depending on your signal source you will want to connect the digital optical cable connection from:
      • The TV to the home theater
      • The cable or satellite box directly to the home theater

      Because the TV can only output 5.1 audio from sources that it decodes the audio if you are using a set-top-box (cable or satellite) you will want to connect the box directly to the home theater to receive the 5.1 surround sound audio.

    Using Smart Hub Apps* (Select Models)

    For Samsung TVs that have the Smart Hub feature you can enhance your game experience using different apps like ESPN Sport Score.

    ESPN Sport Score App: The Score Center app provides your favorite teams live scores and stats with the simple touch of a button. Features include personalization and the ability to position the app where you want it.

    Samsung SmartView App* (Select Model TV and Mobile Devices)

    Never miss a minute of the action with this mobile app. Need to head to the kitchen or another room away from the game? Launch the app and the dual view feature and watch the game on your mobile device.

    1. Confirm your TV supports this feature
      • 2011 Models: UAxxD7000, UAxxD8000
      • 2012 Models: UAxxES7500, UAxxES7550, UAxxES8000, UAxxES9000
    1. Confirm your Mobile device supports this feature
    2. Connect both devices to the same home network.
    3. Launch the app.
    4. Select Dual View.
    5. Never miss a minute of the big game or the commercials


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