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Consumer Reports’ Tips: Make Your Super Bowl Viewing Experience Better

Are you ready for the big game on Sunday? Whether you are watching alone or with friends, on a new TV or your old standby, there are ways to enhance your viewing experience, according to Consumer Reports. Specifically, there are three features you should turn OFF to improve picture quality!

The first feature you want to turn off is Noise Reduction. Noise or was a bigger concern with older analog TVs, according to Consumer Reports. Today, we have HD televisions with digital signals. Noise Reduction, when engaged, makes images look softer, reduces fine detail and texture. When disengaged, you will get more natural-looking images.

The second feature you should turn off is the Sharpness Control. It does the opposite of Noise Reduction and artificially boosts fine detail and texture. It’s not creating finer detail. Instead, it is masking the detail and creating halos around objects.

Finally, turn off the Motion Smoothing. It will take away the “the soap opera effect” and give you good, live video images.

More than anything enjoy the game and the viewing experience as well as the halftime show!

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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