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TV Has Distorted Picture (Causes and How to Fix)

As an avid TV watcher and owner, I have been frustrated by the distorted pictures I have been getting lately. After doing some research, I have come across some tips and tricks that have helped solve this issue, as well as some other potential solutions. In this blog post, I will be discussing the causes of a distorted TV picture and how to fix it. I hope that my insights will help those of you who are also experiencing this issue.

If your TV screen has a distorted picture, the probable causes to consider are weak signal, resolution problems, and mismatched display settings.

What Causes a Distorted Picture on TV?

Distortion can affect the picture size, clarity, or even color.

However, before you start tweaking your TV’s display settings, you might want to check whether the problem is isolated or not by observing which channels have distortion.

After all, it could just be a transmission issue by the broadcasting channel.

If you notice the picture distortion across different channels or streaming platforms, it’s time for you to tweak the settings.

So, let’s look into the different types of TV picture distortions, their causes, and how to fix them. 

Size Distortion

A distorted image size can include anything from a cropped image to a stretched picture. If you’re experiencing this with your TV, odds are, it’s due to aspect ratio incompatibility.

Sometimes, TVs refit the aspect ratio from a source to make it work for the screen size. However, if this readjustment goes wrong, you could end up feeling like the picture is overly stretched.

How to fix it: 

  1. Head to TV settings.
  2. Look for Aspect Ratio, Wide, or Zoom on the options or just the Picture Size Menu.
  3. Select Just-Fit or Direct and press exit.

Breaking Images

If your TV’s picture is breaking up or appearing in numerous smaller squares, the probable cause to suspect here is an unstable signal.

How to fix it:

  1. Inspect the connections from the TV to the cable box and the cable box to the wall.
  2. Ensure that there are no loose connections.
  3. Call your cable provider if everything looks fine on your end, but the image is still distorted.

Blurry Image

If you’re having a hard time seeing the details on the screen because the picture is blurry, it could be due to any of the following:

  • Low-resolution source
  • Electrical interference
  • Sharpness settings

The catch here is that you might need to test each one before you can tell which is the culprit.

Low-Resolution Source

Both blurry and grainy pictures can result from low-resolution input from your cable.

How to fix it: You can reduce the aspect ratio, adjust the sharpness, and change the cable box connected to HDMI.

Here’s how:

Reduce the TV’s Aspect Ratio to 4:3

If you’re watching older content on a new HDTV, you could just reduce the aspect ratio to 4:3. This could help reduce the blurriness a bit.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to put up with the black borders on the sides, though.

Change Cable Box Connection to HDMI

If possible, you can change your composite or component cables that transmit low-quality display input.

The deal with these cables is that they might not work well with newer TV models. Instead, the HDMI connection is best for the latest TV models, and it can boost the overall picture quality.

Electrical Interference

Electrical interference can come from other gadgets or appliances near the TV that may disturb the signal, which affects the display’s integrity.

How to fix it: Remove appliances or other gadgets causing the disturbance. You’ll need to look for the source first by testing things out with nearby computers, radios, and routers.

You can also plug your TV directly into another outlet with no other system plugged into it.

Sharpness Settings

A blurry image on your screen might just be due to a low sharpness setting, which produces a softer picture. On the other hand, an excessively high sharpness can result in a grainy appearance.

Either way, this display setting can distort the picture, but thankfully, it’s easy to adjust.

How to fix it:

  1. Go to the Main Menu and select Picture from the options.
  2. Scroll till you find the Sharpness function.
  3. Start with 0%, then increase the level gradually.
  4. You can also increase the Sharpness Filter to fix the blurriness.

Final Words

Display distortion on your TV can lead to breaking, stretched, cropped, blurred, or grainy pictures.

If the main issue is the picture size, you can adjust the aspect ratio from the TV settings. Meanwhile, checking the sharpness levels and cable box connections can help with resolution and blurriness issues.

That said, if the problem needs more than just tweaking settings, you might want to let an expert handle it. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to repairing TV hardware!