How to Set Up My Philips HDTV

Updated July 20, 2017

Philips, a major home electronics manufacturer based in the Netherlands, is a major producer of HDTVs. Philips concentrates exclusively on LCD TV technology, increasingly with LED backlighting, but the brand's unique trademark feature is Ambilight. Ambilight projects light from the back of the television that dynamically changes colour to match what is showing on the screen. Most Philips HDTVs are simple to use and easy to set up. Philips TVs' graphical user interface, built around its home screen, is accessible by clicking the "Home" button on the remote control which you can program to not only control your television, but most of your other home electronics too.

Hit the "Home" button on the remote control.

Choose "Add your devices" to enter a three-step tutorial where you will select the product type (from 14 categories, including a DVD player, VCR, home theatre and satellite receiver).

Select the input it's attached to (for instance, HDMI 1 or VGA). An icon of the product then appears on the Home screen.

Choose "Setup" from the Home screen.

Select icon for "Quick picture and sound settings." You will enter a three-step tutorial that sets your TV's picture to your personal preferences. You will be asked to express a preference between a bright and more dimly-lit image, then between three different sound settings.

Select the colour of your room's walls. This helps Ambilight output the correct coloured light. This step only applies to certain Philips TVs.

Select "Setup" from the Home screen and you will see an icon for "TV settings" along the bottom of the screen.

Choose "Picture" and you'll see various picture parameters that can be changed.

Select "Smart picture" and choose between preset modes for different video content.

Choose "Custom tint" to change the colour temperature (gamma) levels of red, green and blue.

Activate "100Hz/200Hz Clear LCD" from either "Pixel Precise HD" or "Perfect Pixel HD," depending on the model. This helps prevent blur. It's also a good idea to experiment with another feature in the same list called "HD Natural Motion." This makes Blu-ray discs look smoother, though it can introduce some flicker so is best left on its minimum setting.

Select "Smart Sound" from the "Sound" menu.

Set bass and treble levels individually and save them to a custom setting.

Choose "Auto volume levelling" to lower the volume of commercials on TV.

Select "Surround" mode for movies, though don't expect home theatre quality audio.

Choose "Ambilight" in the menu.

Change the brightness and intensity of Ambilight.

Set colour scan to white or soft-coloured light if you want the TV to act as a night light.


Ambilight is a matter of taste, but as well as creating an impressive light show, Philips claims that it can help reduce eyestrain and increase the perceived contrast seen on the TV.

Things You'll Need

  • Philips HDTV
  • Remote control
  • DVD/Blu-ray player or other video source
  • HDMI cable
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Jamie Carter has been a journalist since 1998, with expertise in travel, technology and history. He has been published in "The Guardian," "T3," "Home Cinema Choice," "BBC History," "BBC The Sky at Night" and "Real Travel." Carter has a Bachelor of Science in politics from Cardiff University and a diploma in magazine journalism from Highbury College.