How to Improve Poor Football Picture on HDTV

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The development of high-definition television has changed the way football fans watch games. But a poor HDTV picture can ruin the football TV experience. If you are struggling with a bad HDTV signal during football broadcasts, there are a variety of troubleshooting tips for you to follow. Once your television has been properly optimized for HD broadcasts, you will finally be able to sit back and enjoy your favorite team on Sundays.

Things You'll Need

  • LCD or LED television
  • Digital cable box with HD capabilities
  • Make sure you are watching the football game on the high-definition channel. Most cable channels have a standard-definition channel and an HD channel, so before you tinker with your television and cable box, double check that you are tuned to the high-definition broadcast.

  • Check all connections on your television and cable box. First, ensure that the HDMI or component video cable going into your television is firmly plugged in. Then examine the coaxial cable going into your digital cable box. If necessary, unscrew the cable, connect it again and restart your cable box.

  • Replace the cables running between your television and cable box to make sure that the poor HD picture is not due to a faulty cable. If you are currently using component video cables, consider switching to an HDMI cable, which typically produces higher quality picture.

  • Adjust the brightness setting on your HD television. Sometimes an unclear picture can be the result of a misconfigured brightness setting. Use your remote to access the TV's menu and reduce the brightness to see if the football picture improves.

  • Lower the contrast setting on your television. Most HDTV's have the contrast set very high by default for movies and shows, but this can obscure some images during sporting events. Try reducing the contrast on your TV to clarify the HD picture.

  • Contact your cable provider if the HDTV football picture does not improve. They may replace your digital cable box or check the signal coming into your house.

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