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Hotel mode and Co.: Push the television through hidden menu settings

With current TVs, many properties can be adapted to your own preferences and needs. But you only get to see a number of settings at second glance: either they are hidden in the depths of the display menu or they are in areas that are protected by code. A few tricks can be used to ban advertisements, reduce overloaded home screens to a tolerable level and simplify operation altogether. If you want, you can also use the measures presented to make smart TV a stupid but data-saving thing.

We took a closer look at six smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, Philips, Hisense and Medion; We already tested their image quality at the end of 2019. The TVs can represent many other smart TVs from these manufacturers, because the basic menus and codes for accessing hidden device modes have often remained similar or even the same for years.

The optimization measures serve your own comfort or that of other users: If you have small children in the household, you may only want to allow a very limited selection of apps, channels and connections on the TV during the day. In the evening, however, Netflix & Co. should be available again with just a few clicks. Even those who are often called to elderly relatives because their TV is on strike are happy about the option of setting selected functions as the default and blocking others.

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