Wondering how to set up a new HD or 4K TV? It may seem like a daunting task, with pages and pages of settings and a pile of cables. But since you took all that time finding the right TV, and you’ve driven/carried/dragged it home, it’s worth a little extra time making sure it’s correctly set up. Otherwise, it won’t look its best.
Make sure your media source supports 4K playback
A fancy TV is only as good as the content you push into it, which means that Apple TV box you bought back in 2000 isn’t going to cut it for your new Ultra-HD setup. If you bought a smart TV, its native apps(Netflix, Youtube,etc) should stream at high quality. If you have a netflix subscription make sure you upgrade it to UHD capable for a few extra bucks.
If you have a older Rogers or Bell box, you will need to talk to the provider to get a new 4K cable box.
Make sure your internet connection is ready for the onslaught of data
Streaming or downloading 4K content taxes internet connections hard. Netflix recommends at least 25 Mbps for UHD streaming.
- 300MB per hour on the lowest video quality
- 700MB per hour for SD video quality
- 3GB per hour for HD video quality
- 7GB per hour for UHD (4K) video quality
As a general rule for typical YouTube videos, 480p playback of standard 30 frames per second (FPS) content uses approximately 264MB per hour, 720p (HD) videos use roughly 870MB per hour, and 1080p (Full HD) video playback uses around 1.65GB an hour.
Set your TV up in the right spot
Ideally, you should consider the distance you’ll sit from your TV before you go out and buy one. THX recommends a viewing angle of 40-degrees, which requires you multiply your distance from the TV by 1.2. You can use this online calculator and move your seat closer or further from the display to make it work. It doesn’t have to be spot on, but position it too close or far and you’re going to hinder your experience.
When mounting your TV to the wall (or sitting it on the stand), you want the center of your TV to line up with your eyeballs. Putting it above the fireplace or on the floor may work on home design TV shows and dorm rooms, respectively, but it’s bad for viewing.
If you’re got a new 4K Ultra HD TV, you probably don’t need new HDMI cables, despite what the salesperson might have told you. It is important to understand that it is not about the HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 cables themselves, but the connection (i.e. in your TV or media streamer). The latest version of the connection is HDMI 2.1, but you don’t need to worry about that for now. If you bought HDMI cables in the last few years, chances are they’ll still work.