Consumer Reports: Best TV settings for watching the Super Bowl

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If you're buying a new TV for the Super Bowl, or even if you're just planning to watch on your current one, you want the best picture possible. (WLS)

If you're buying a new TV for the Super Bowl, or even if you're just planning to watch on your current one, you want the best picture possible. Consumer Reports offers some expert tips and tricks to help you get there.

With the Super Bowl this weekend, you'll want to get your TV in picture perfect shape. And, believe it or not, Consumer Reports says that means avoiding the "sports mode" setting.

"It tends to artificially boost contrast, brightness and colors. And that makes the picture look unnatural. Instead, we suggest using either the movie or cinema mode, which will give you the most natural-looking picture," said Consumer Reports Electronics Editor Jim Willcox.

Another factory preset mode to avoid if your TV has it: dynamic or vivid.

"The vivid mode works a lot like the sports mode where it overly brightens the image," Willcox said.

One more trick from the Consumer Reports playbook: turn off noise reduction and motion smoothing. Noise reduction can reduce detail and fine texture in your picture.

"Motion smoothing can cause film to look like video. Sometimes it's called the soap opera effect where film starts to look like a daytime TV program," Willcox said.

If you're looking to adjust your set beyond the factory preset modes, Consumer Reports says take it easy with the sharpness by keeping it near zero. Turning it up too much can make the picture detail look less natural. And for color temperature as well as color and tint, here's what Consumer Reports says you should look for.

"Typically you should choose the low or warm setting so that whites don't look too blue. And with tint what you're really trying to do is get the most natural-looking flesh tones," Willcox said.

For those of you wanting to adjust your TV even more precisely, Consumer Reports offers specific settings for each TV they test to online subscribers.

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