Making HDTV viewing at night more enjoyable

Here’s a common scenario that use to happen a lot at my house. It’s finally night time, the kids went to bed for the night and my wife and I get ready to start watching the next TV show episode we’ve been binge watching (it’s Nashville those days, go figure, I’m now a country fan!).

I shut down the lights, start Netflix and bam : my wife asks for the living room lights to stay on so that the TV viewing experience is not too agressive on the eyes. There goes the theater-like ambiance…

While researching other topics recently on avsforum, I stumbled upon a couple of review of bias lightning solution to improve the HDTV viewing experience. I was skeptical at first, but finally decided to ordered a set of Antec Bias Lightning leds for my new Sony 4K TV.


The installation is pretty simple, just use the adhesive paper behind it to install behind the TV and use any available USB port on the TV to power the strip. Ideally your TV will enable or disable power on the strip automatically when you start and shutdown the TV. It’s not the case with my Sony, so I need to use the small switch provided, which is a small annoyance.

The usage of lightning behind the TV really helps with keeping the lights shut while watching TV. Some mention improved contrats and colours, I wouldn’t go so far to be honest, but the experience of night watching is really improved by the lights.

The result on my side ? My wife now asks for the lights directly, no mode light debates 🙂

A small trick I wanted to share that really improved my viewing experience.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. coming with Dolby Atmos

It’s hard to deny the fact that Dolby Atmos releases on Blu-ray are really ramping up in the last two months. After a busy October that features as much releases as the first four months of the format, we will have another busy month in November.

Warner just confirmed that the movie The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack when it’s released on Blu-ray on November 17th. One more to add to our potential list of movies with immersive audio !


American Ultra to feature DTS:X audio on Blu-ray

Lionsgate announced last week that the release of American Ultra on Blu-ray will feature a DTS:X soundtrack. The movie will be available from home theaters on November 24th and will become the second Blu-ray disc with DTS:X

Having said that, we must note that the latest news about DTS:X are saying that the format will not be released on AVRs before the beginning of next year or later. So it will not be possible to hear the movie at home in DTS:X for a while.


Note that as usual, I update the list of DTS:X movies on Blu-ray.