I just bought a new TV to listen to podcasts on because my roommate moved away and I didn't have one. They're pretty expensive, got this big lunk set up.
Apparently large LED TVs are notorious for having 'uneven' backlighting that I had read about while researching but really having no idea what the hell this would mean. What it does mean is that for example when your Roku is putting up an all black-screen as a screen saver or your watching your pirated copy of mostly-taking-place-at-night-time Evil Dead (original), it doesn't look solid black but kind of splotchy.
I start to notice this one spot in particular that stays bright when the screen is supposed to be black, about the size of a saucer but not perfectly round, kind of reminiscent of a slice of ham more, do some googling, and it's an LED TV flaw called "flashlighting" -- called this cause it looks like someone is shining a flashlight on the screen. Probably means the unit was shipped improperly or was just messed up. It's caused by the LED array separating from.. I don't really know. No real way to fix it except for replace the unit. Some harebrained television forums weirdos mention that massaging the area seems to work, but not always and results are really sparse.
This sucks. This thing was 700 bucks. I threw away the box before I noticed. I do still have the receipt, at least. I start thinking about how I'm gonna claim on the warranty. This whole process takes a few days because I'm terribly lazy about stuff like this and put off annoying phone calls and paperwork. See horror stories of manufacturers refusing to replace because this usually chalks up to a shipping issue.
Before I start going through the paperwork, I walk up to the set with the Roku screensaver. This fuckin spot. Soo annoying. All the guests that come over to watch TV with me are gonna judge me (this never happens. The guests coming over part). I remember the weird post about massaging the area, they say grab a clean cloth and press on the area. Fuck I don't want to go get a cloth. I just start smushing my TV screen, barehanded.
...it works!! I massaged a solution into my life. What other amazing feats can I accomplish with my abilities!??
Anyway, thanks random television internet forums. I hope some of my forums posts from my months in here help out a lazy anonymous internet stranger.
EDIT hmm a couple of minutes and no likes on this post. Here is a cute video so I will be sure not to know if any future likes are for the long interesting story or the nice video. My favorite part is the borzoi which is not a spoiler. I really hope this guy gave the nice good boys and girls the treat after