I find I have to spend quite a bit of time with a new TV turning off all those features, and turning off the overscan which is always on by default.
Ha, good !!
On my 5 year old Sony all that stuff has to be switched off separately for each input socket, or source, and removing overscan on the internal TV tuner has to be done with the HD broadcast in 50i
25p mode (which of course changes dynamically according to the encoder at the broadcaster), you don't realise until a programme comes on that switches regularly between the two, and the picture jumps in and out of overscan ! I trust newer models have fixed that issue ?
Yes I have a 2011 Sony too! And indeed you have to adjust the picture/screen settings for each input, which is a minor annoyance if you just want the same settings applied across all.
And of course it lets you choose 'Full Pixel' 1:1 on the Freeview HD channels, but doesn't let you do the same on the SD channels (just gives you a bit more of the picture). Luckily I have a set top box plugged in via HDMI so I just watch through that.
It was the first smart TV I bought, though I never bought it with the intention of ever using those features, and indeed it's apparently too old now to run YouTube which shows you how much of a farce smart TVs are. I have no intention of replacing it anytime soon.
Yes, my one suddenly stopped supporting i-player, then there was an update, and it started supporting it again ! I'm glad of its ability to reorder and prune the Freeview LCNs, but it's so incredibly clunky
and long winded to do it. It's also very slow when you switch it on now too.
I get less 'overscan' on SD using the output from my YouView box, (as seen upscaled to 1080 by that) than SD on the internal tuner