BestBuy delivery truck was at the front gate exactly 1 pm, the beginning of the launch window. One guy tried to carry the TV up the ramp on his shoulder but ended up letting the other guy help. More the size of the box than the weight. They got it inside the house and propped up against the back of the recliner, which is where I wanted it.
Finished watching Married At First Sight and its Unfiltered episode on the Samsung 55". The production quality was not worth the new TV. Got out the Samsung remote and tried to do a factory reset but there wasn't one. I was only able to log out of my Samsung account and remove the wi-fi settings. Unplugged it - power, HDMI, optical audio cable and external antenna/booster. Lifted it off the console and parked it on the floor by the kitchen storage bins. It will go to Goodwill soon (6 years old, can't even find one on eBay to get a selling price).
BestBuy has a very well done video on how to unbox the TV, and it's surprisingly easy. Snip off the three plastic bands, slit the top tape, open the top and extract the accessories and the styrofoam bar they are in which also serves as packing material. Then, believe it or not, just lift the box off. This leaves the TV on a sturdy styrofoam base. Remove the side packing pieces and the big padded board protecting the screen. There is still a plastic wrap all around the TV.
The next step is to lay the TV face down on a soft surface to screw in the two stands (V-shaped legs). I thought I might have to pull out the bed from the sofabed, but the sofa turned out to be just the right width and depth as is.
Stand the TV on the floor with the screen facing out. Lift it from the bottom/sides and place it on the console. Plugged in the power, HDMI, antenna and optical cable.
It came up looking brilliant. The diff between LED and QLED is clear. Sharper, better depth, brighter colors.**
Google Home had a problem getting it on my wi-fi network, but using the TV's settings it connected in seconds, and after a few minutes it showed up as a device on Google Home. I just had to move it into my home and the Livingroom on the app. And of course it had to update the TV's firmware and then update the Google bits. That all took about 20 minutes, then it offered to put all my Android apps onto the TV, which took an hour. That's a bonus I may get around to using some day.
Finally, after making sure I was getting a good signal from Tivo on HDMI 3, I had it scan for stations on the antenna. Another 20 minutes, because the tuner in this thing is superb. About 70 stations, compared to the Samsung's 30 or fewer. I scrolled through all of them and only 3 or 4 series had poor signals. There are far too many evangelist and shopping stations out here, and a lot of Spanish language. And one French. Again, I may get around to using them some day, because for the most part cable on Tivo works better for me.
**Tuned into Thursday Night Football and was nearly blinded by the Seahawks neon green uniforms. Which got me into the settings, had to tone down brightness and saturation. The TV comes with those set a bit high, no doubt to give customers the feeling that the picture is better than it is. But the picture is excellent. Football is a pretty good test, lots of motion, all those bodies in the stands, etc. Too bad the Seahawks sucked. The crowd started out very loud, as usual, but tapered off by the 4th quarter.
Color balance is very good, so is white balance and blacks. I recorded Hunt For Red October from BBC America, which will be a good test of video. And I somehow have never seen it before.
Meanwhile, in cat news, Spook is doing it wrong. She is rarely by Jade's door, and when she is she parks out of sight, the same place she has always been. Jade continues to make a lot of crying noises, but she stops when I come in. I may call my vet tomorrow for advice. The gate works well. I changed her litterbox tonight, need to buy another cartridge and change Spook's tomorrow.
Got the correct address for the streaming company, printed a new prepaid priority main label and will send the headset back tomorrow.
Pride parade is tomorrow, but it's in North LV and doesn't start till 6 pm. So after the PO I think I will drive to the souvenir place on the strip. Unless the thunderstorms materialize.
I will probably hear from my PCP's office. The results of the latest tests show an E. Coli infection, which is not a surprise, and some other foo which is. But the hematology work looks successful, normal hematocrit and red blood cell count.
Have not heard back from the Florida contract rep. :-(
Missing the Bay Area a bit - many of my friends are back on stage. Have to look for community theater here.