Author: TV Answer Man

How to Keep Your TV a Long, Long Time

Q. I had to replace my TV after just three years. I am very disappointed. Aren’t TVs supposed to last forever? Is there anything I can do to keep my new TV longer than three years?! — Rod, Phoenix, Arizona. Rod, televisions are built to last a long time, but forever? Well, not quite. However,

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My Blu-ray Player Won’t Play My Discs! Help!

Q. I love watching Blu-ray movies. The picture is just awesome! But sometimes when I put in the disc, a message on screen says ‘no disc” or ‘disc error.’ Is there anything I can do to eliminate this? — Ellie, Boise, Idaho. For starters, make sure the disc is compatible with your player. Some older

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Can a Vacuum Cleaner Affect My TV’s Picture?

Q. My TV’s picture is usually pretty good, but I have noticed that sometimes it appears a bit fuzzy when there are electrical devices on in the house, such as a vacuum cleaner. Don’t call me crazy for asking, but could a vacuum cleaner hurt my set’s picture? — George, Detroit, Michigan. You’re not crazy,

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My Netflix’s Audio & Video Is Out of Sync!

Q. I love watching streaming on Netflix, but sometimes the audio is a few seconds behind the video, creating that effect you see in those old Godzilla movies.  The people are moving their lips, but the words come a few seconds later. Is there anything I can do to stop this? — Conrad, Las Vegas,

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What Can You Do If Your TV’s Picture Is Too Dark?

The picture on my Sony TV seems a little dark, particularly during movies. Is there anything I can do about it? — Bill, Amarillo, Texas. I touched on this in our TV Answer Man feature, ‘Why Did My TV Look Better In the Store?‘ I wrote that retailers sometimes  purposely tune the sets (all sets,

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What Are Roku’s Private Channels?

Q. I was thinking of buying a Roku player and a friend told me that they had more than 2,500 channels, including some cool channels that are called private channels. What are these private channels? Can anyone get them? — Carl, Reno, Nevada. Carl, Roku, which offers its Net TV service in several devices, including

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Why Am I Getting a Buffering Message On House of Cards?

Q. I like to watch videos from Netflix on the Internet, but today I started getting a ‘buffering’ message while watching the new season of House of Cards. Is there anything I can do to prevent this? — George, Kansas City, Missouri. There have been a few reports today of Netflix users getting ‘buffering’ messages on-screen

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Should I Buy a Smart TV or a Smart TV Player?

Q. I’ve been thinking about buying a Smart TV so I can watch Netflix streaming video, but a friend tells me that I should just get a Blu-ray player that has Netflix because it would be cheaper. What do you think? — Tommy, Miami, Florida. Your friend is right in this respect. If you have a

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