Your TV's Advanced Picture Settings, Explained

HDTVs come with all kinds of advanced settings designed to “improve” the picture, but most of them are just marketing gimmicks. In fact, your picture will actually look better with some of them off. Here are some of the settings you’ll find in the advanced menu, and what you should do with them.

Ask LH: Will Netflix Or Stan Or Presto Or Quickflix Let Me Download Shows For Offline Viewing?

Hey Lifehacker, I’m currently running a Quickflix trial and I’m considering testing out Stan. But I’ve realised that one of my main reasons for downloading movies via torrents is because I can download during my ISP off-peak period, then watch them during the evening. Streaming movies during the evening eats all my ISP quota. Is there any way to get around that? I realise I can pre-buffer on a computer, but I want to watch on my lounge room TV.

Stan TV And Movie Streaming Launches Next Week (Ahead Of Netflix)

When streaming service Stan was announced last November, it was said to be launching in early 2015. We now have a date for the launch — January 26.

Make This DIY Remote Control Pillow And Never Lose The Remote Again

It never fails: you put your remote down on the couch or coffee table and then it miraculously disappears. This DIY couch mod shows you how to “install” your remote into your couch so you never lose it again.

How To Turn YouTube Into Your Ultimate Entertainment Hub

YouTube is awesome for streaming music and watching fun homemade videos, but it can also be your primary source of organised online media and offline music. Here’s how to unlock the true power of YouTube and use it for more than just cat videos.

Foxtel's Presto TV Streaming Is Overpriced And Lacking Content

Late last year, Foxtel announced plans to expand its Presto streaming service to include TV as well as movies — a clear attempt to make its mark before the launch of Netflix and Stan. Overnight, Foxtel has quietly launched the service — so what does it cost and what do you get?

Four Things You Didn't Know You Can Do With Your Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast is a great way to stream anything in your living room, and mastering its intricacies can really make it shine. There are some hidden Chromecast capabilities many people don’t know exist — here are some of the best ones.

Official: Game Of Thrones Season 5 Broadcasts On April 12

Game Of Thrones is the favourite TV show for Lifehacker readers, so you’ll want to know this: Season 5 will officially premiere on Sunday 12 April in the US.

Australians Mostly Pay For TV To Watch Sport

With Netflix, Stan and Presto Entertainment all set to launch in the early part of 2015, there’s a lot of focus on which shows will be available on each service. In that context, ratings data from 2014 provides a sobering reminder that when they pay for TV, Australian viewers care far more about sport than they do about drama or comedy.

The Australian Streaming Gyde Lists New Video-On-Demand Releases

Online streaming video-on-demand services don’t always do the best job of highlighting new content that has become available for subscribers. The Australian Streaming Gyde is a free weekly newsletter that highlights new movies and shows on Foxtel, Presto, Fetch TV, Quickflix, Crackle and Snagfilms.