Category: TV

Can You Record DIRECTV’s Live 4K Channel?

Q. I am excited to watch DIRECTV’s new 4K channel. But I’m curious about whether you will be able to record shows off it. Can you? And, if so, how many hours of recording can you store on the DVR? — Tom, Los Angeles. Tom, as you note, DIRECTV next month will launch pay TV’s first

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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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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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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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How Long Does a TV Projector Lamp Last?

Q. I’ve been thinking of building my own Home Theater with a projector rather than a traditional TV. But I hear that projector lamps don’t last very long. Is that true? — Carl, Boston, Massachusetts. Carl, it depends on your definition of “very long.” But generally speaking, a LCD projector lamp should last between 2,000

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