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4K TV is blurry (Causes and How to Fix)

I recently purchased a new 4K TV and I was so excited to get it all set up in my living room. But after I got it all connected and powered up, I noticed that the picture was really blurry. I was so frustrated! After doing some research, I found out that this is an issue that a lot of people experience with 4K TVs. In this post, I’m going to share with you the causes of this issue and how to fix it. I hope this information will help anyone else who is dealing with a blurry 4K TV.

If you noticed that your 4K TV is blurry. You might be using the wrong resolution or your TV might need to be calibrated.

Causes of a Blurry 4K TV Picture

There are a few reasons why your 4K TV might not look as sharp as you’d like. For example, you may not have calibrated it correctly, or you may need to adjust the settings on your cable box or Blu-ray player.

Let’s take a closer look at the most common causes of a blurry 4K TV.

Low Resolution

Most 4K TVs have a native resolution of 3840×2160. However, some 4K TVs come with a preset resolution of 1080p, which is much lower than 4K. That’s why choosing the 4K resolution in your display settings is crucial to get a high-quality image.

Another cause of a blurry TV picture is the image source. If the resolution of your streamed content is anything lower than 4K, the image will be fuzzy.

Display Cable

An old or faulty display cable might not transmit the image correctly to your TV, which results in a distorted image.

Moreover, some display cable types might not be optimal for a 4K TV. For example, RCA cables don’t support 4K resolution. So if you use them with a 4K TV, the image will be fuzzy and pixelated.

On the other side, HDMI cables can produce high-quality displays. Still, only some types work the best with a 4K TV. 

  • Standard HDMI cables provide up to 720p or 1080 resolutions
  • High-speed HDMI cables provide up to 4K resolution with a 30Hz refresh rate
  • Premium high-speed HDMI cables support 4K resolution at a 60 Hz refresh rate

We recommend using the high-speed HDMI cable at least to avoid blurry display.

TV Upscaling Settings

Some 4K TVs come with image upscaling features. These features should help improve the quality of 1080p videos to match the 4K resolution of your TV. However, this upscaling usually results in a low-quality and blurry image. 

Furthermore, some 4K TVs have the feature of identifying poorly encoded images and then fixing them. However, the fix usually involves blurring these images, which results in an overall fuzzy image.

Internet Connection

A slow or unstable internet connection highly affects the quality of your streaming videos. 

For instance, if your connection is slow, your video quality might change automatically to 720 or 1080p instead of 4k to suit your connection.

Not only that, but the internet connection also affects the video’s bitrate. There are different bitrates for each resolution. Higher bitrates offer clear and smooth video playback, while lower bitrates can cause your video to stutter and blur.

So even if you’re streaming in 4K, unfortunately, with a low bitrate, the video will be blurry.

That’s why a fast, stable internet connection is crucial to enjoying streaming flawless 4K videos.

How to Fix a Blurry 4K TV

There are a few things you can do to fix the issue and get your 4K TV to look its best.

First, choose the 4K resolution in your display settings. Then, if the image is still blurry, follow these tips to get the best possible quality from your 4K TV.

Calibrate Your TV 

You should make sure you calibrate your TV properly. This means adjusting the brightness, contrast, and color settings to get the best picture quality possible. 

For example, if the sharpness is too high, the image becomes blurry, so turning it down a bit can do the trick.

If you feel lost, try different display modes, and look for modes like Dynamic, Cinema, or Theatre. These modes automatically change color, contrast, and brightness settings to provide a better image.

If you find a suitable display mode, you can still tweak its picture settings slightly to match your preference.

Check your Video Source 

As we mentioned, blurry images can result from 1080p content displayed on a 4K screen. That’s why you should check your video source and ensure the videos you’re streaming are in 4K resolution. 

For example, online streaming services like Netflix, require a premium subscription to watch content in 4K.

So if you’re using Netflix, check your subscription. If it doesn’t include the 4K features, consider upgrading your membership.

Use a Reliable Internet Connection

Streaming 4K videos require an internet speed of 20-25 Mbps at least. It would be best if you use an ethernet cable instead of WiFi.

We also recommend testing your internet speed before streaming 4K content to avoid blur or stutter. If your speed is anything below 20 Mbps, you’ll need a faster connection.

Conclusion

If your 4K TV is blurry, the main possible reason is the resolution. So first, you need to ensure the resolution of your TV, and the content you’re displaying is 4K. 

If the issue isn’t the resolution, try calibrating your TV settings for a more stable image. You can check the website of your 4K TV manufacturer to get an idea about the best image settings.