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What can you do to improve cable TV picture quality?

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2011-07-04 05:20:16
2011-07-04 05:20:16

At times you can experience some difficulties with your cable television picture and the reception quality. Here are certain things that you can try to fix your television picture on your own.

  • Shrinking picture: When the picture in your television shrinks, it is usually an indication of poor power supply. Check to see that the power is adequate and if it is so, then the power circuitry of the television itself may be fused. If you do not know how to fix this, you may have to call an electrician.
  • Experiencing 'Snow': If the only thing on your television screen is �snow� -- that is, a black and white dotty kind of picture -- then you should check and see that the cable wire is securely connected to your wall outlet and the television set. If you are using a converter, make sure that it is also connected to the power supply system. At times, snow can be a result of the channel that you are watching not being available from the cable company itself. This can be due to a technical fault at the cable company. In such a situation there is nothing for you to fix, but just wait for your cable company to begin broadcast of the channel again.
  • Bad Reception: This can again be due to your cable not being connected properly. If it is, then check that the switch on your television set that says cable/ T.V is set to the cable position. This should help to improve the reception quality.
  • Converter Problems: If you are using a converter and it is not providing you with a signal, see that the converter output channel is selected according to the channel you wish to see. To check if your converter itself is functioning or not, try and connect the cable wire to your television directly, bypassing the converter box altogether. If it was a converter problem then your picture will have returned.
  • Rolling Picture: If your picture is rolling up and down, adjust the vertical hold button on your television set; if it is going sideways then adjust the horizontal hold button. This is not a cable problem but a problem in the television set itself.

If none of the above steps seem to work, then call your cable company�s service department and have them come and fix the picture for you.

A trick most don't know about is to go into the VIDEO menu, select Sharpness or Detail and run the setting for it all the way UP. The only time this doesn't help is if you already have snow in the picture.

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