Breaking in a new TV

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  1. Dr. San Guinary

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    I got a new TV a couple of months ago. I haven't watched any baseball games on it yet because during broadcasts, there's part of the image that never moves (the little box that shows the teams, inning, score, etc.) and I don't want it to burn in.

    How long should I wait before starting to watch games? Meaning, how long does it take to "break in" a new TV so there won't be any burn-in/image retention?

    (The TV is OLED, if that makes any difference.)
     
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    LED's aren't phosphors so you're ok with the image constantly in one place now.
     
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    ^ I'm not following. :confused:

    In any case, this link implies that burn-in can still be a problem even for OLED units.
     
  5. Trick 'r Timby

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    From your own link:

    Basically, don't leave a persistent static image on your TV for something ridiculous like 12 hours and you'll be fine.
     
  6. Dr. San Guinary

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    I wouldn't be so concerned about this were it not for baseball. Remember, there's that box that never goes away. And sometimes a network logo as well. With games being as long as they are...

    I swear I could see that box on my old TV remain, even when I wasn't watching baseball.
     
  7. Trick 'r Timby

    Trick 'r Timby All I want to do is rule the world. Too much? Administrator

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    I have a 720p plasma from 2007 and have never had burn-in issues from a score bug. Again, just don't leave the TV on for 12 - 16 hours straight with something in a corner and you'll be fine.
     
  8. Gingerbread Demon

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    I always thought plasma TVs were better then LCD and others.. We had a really nice LG but idiot people thought they were doing us a service by gifting us an LCD which was slightly smaller, and the difference was, and still is very noticeable. I miss my LG
     
  9. Kraig

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    NBC Sports Bay Area always goes to commercials between innings and during pitching changes and the box and logo go away. I only have an old VIZIO 52 inch HDTV that is 10 years old. No burn-in yet. I don't buy a TV to have it sit in a box, I watch it. If it takes several years for burn-in then you have an excuse to upgrade to 8k from UHD. By that time the 8k will drop below used car prices. ;)
     
  10. Dr. San Guinary

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    I get my games via MLB.TV...when they go to commercials, there's just this static message onscreen that says COMMERCIAL BREAK IN PROGRESS. Needless to say, I don't want that to burn in either. ;)

    Meh, I think I'll just wait till I finish binge-watching Blue Bloods. Got a season and a half to go. TV ought to be broken in by then!

    And besides, is a baseball "season" like this, really worth watching on a big screen anyway? Think about it...
     
  11. Kraig

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    I've been thinking about upgrading my LED to an OLED when there are more sources of UHD software (mainly Over the Air broadcast TV). I see that OLED is the way to go for me since it gives the best black level without a "rainbow" effect. I'm going to probably get an LG because I read in this article: "In the more recent OLED TV offerings from LG, there is a burn-in preventive feature called “Logo Luminance Adjustment,” which has been designed to automatically identify static on-screen logos. If detected, the TV will decrease the logo’s brightness by 20 percent after two minutes."

    Both Sony and LG OLEDs provide panel refresh features to reset the LEDs as well.

    I took the jump to LED when the local TV stations started broadcasting in HDTV. Until they start broadcasting in 2160i or 2160p, I'll just keep using my LED set for entertainment broadcasts. I do use 2160p LED (not OLED) for my computer monitor and the monitor for my home security cameras.
     
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    Now it used to be that if you filmed CRTs with camcorder/video tech, you would get the rolling static artifact. Useful for security I guess. And yet, I sometimes see something similar when some digital consoles in planes are filmed
     
  13. Gingerbread Demon

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    OLED TVs seem like a neat idea as they generate their own light and don't need the same optics as an LCD TV.

    I still miss plasma. It was good