How to Reduce the Soap Opera Effect on My LED TV

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How to Reduce the Soap Opera Effect on My LED TV
The compensation of LED TVs for motion blur can cause this effect. (flashfilm/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Light emitting diode (LED) TVs can provide a brilliant picture in a space-saving flat-panel form factor in your home or office's entertainment centre, yet both LED and LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs are known for creating a "soap opera" effect when watching certain programming. Film-based motion pictures run at 24 frames per second, but newer LED TVs run at 120 or 240 Hz configurations that result in interpolation when watching film motion pictures. This interpolation is the source of what consumers view as the low-quality soap opera effect. Fortunately, you can troubleshoot and reduce the soap opera effect on your LED TV.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Alter the picture mode on your LED TV if you are experiencing the soap opera effect. Press the "Menu" button on your remote control or on the face of the LED TV to access the menu.

  2. 2

    Choose the "Picture Mode" option on your LED TV. Depending on your LED TV manufacturer, this exact listing may differ slightly.

  3. 3

    Select the "Game Mode" under the "Picture Mode's" options for your LED TV. This will reduce or potentially entirely eliminate the soap opera effect on your television set. This will work on Sony, Samsung and related TV models.

  4. 4

    Choose a selection under the advanced options of your TV's menu if the "Game Mode" listing is not an option. Select "Advanced Video Options" or simply "Advanced Options" under the menu of your particular set, then toggle the "DCM" listing to off.

  5. 5

    Attempt to turn off interpolation on your display, if your particular LED TV allows it. This option will lie somewhere under the "Advanced Options" of your TV's "Menu," which again can be accessed with your remote control or via the "Menu" button on your LED TV's front face. The exact location of this "Interpolation" option under your TV's advanced options will vary depending on your TV model.

  6. 6

    Alter the soap opera effect on movies through your Blu-ray or DVD player by tweaking the output of the disc player directly. This should reduce the effect on your LED TV's screen. Press the "Menu" button on your disc player's remote control.

  7. 7

    Select the 1080p/60 option under the menu's output settings. This will ensure 3:2 film conversion occurs, which may rid the soap opera effect from your display entirely.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider a plasma television if your LED TV is not performing up to your standards due to the soap opera effect. While an expensive replacement, plasma televisions provide a similarly crisp, high definition-enabled picture in a thin, flat-panel form factor, while also natively being immune to the soap opera effect.

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