Originally Posted by the dza
I feel defeated right now. I can't find out how to fix this issue I'm having when watching basketball games.
The TV just brightens and dims throughout the game. I watched the pre-game show (studio talk before the actual playing of the basketball game), and the issue did not happen.
Literally, as soon as the ball was tipped off to start the game, the TV brightened. Then dimmed right after. Then brightened a few moments later. Then darkened right after.
It does not happen on any other occasion. It happens only when watching a basketball game.
I thought it would be because of the broadcast feed, but it happened on a different channel playing basketball.
My build date is October 2011, my serial number starts with LJ, I have the latest fw (2.20), and my PDP-EEP is 84.46, which is the post-fix for the faulty fbr problem.
I've read responses 4692 and 4697 to this post but wanted to add my two cents as well. And, I have the exact same tv setup except my s/n begins with MJ (October build).
Curiously, the FB is better now, though not gone entirely, after putting in another 40 hours of time on TV (about 80 hours total). I agree it happens mostly when watching ESPN or other basketball, but not for any good reason. That is, the screen could have the entirely same percentage of the court showing, but it would still do it (FB).
New thing that has started is the the lighting type flashes across the entire screen and also lightning bolt (as my partner would say) across a portion of the screen. I read with interest one reply in terms of photographers strobes being responsible. I really don't think that is it. But I also want to make a distinction between the two problems most apparent (FB and "lightning bolts"). The FB and "lightning bolts" happen most often often on ESPN, but it does still happen on other channels (even non sport related).
You can search Youtube and find examples of the FB (and I have it). I have experienced also the ABL feature (try watching hockey) and you'll see the difference.
So, while for some reason the FB is better now (but still not acceptable) after a few weeks, the newly developing "lightning bolt" issue seems to be a problem with the tv that needs a fixin. It's been less than 30 days, so BB/Magnolia will be replacing the set with another. The picture quality of the TV overall is beautiful, except for this.... I still have hopes that the firmware will be upgraded to 2.30 or whatever to include the picture quality patches that D-Nice reviewed as part of the Shootout event (you know, the ones that were to be released to the consumer w/in 4 wks but never were....). If not, and these problems persist through this second or even a third for that matter, it could be then time for the VT50.