How to Get a Screensaver for Your TV

By Irene A. Blake

Updated September 28, 2017

Some TV screensavers help reduce damage on certain types of TV screens caused by image burn-in when the TV is on, but not in use. Many don’t actually save a screen, but instead alter a TV so that it does more than display movies, shows and video games. Your TV can become a virtual fish tank, fireplace or window, a moving art piece or a presentation area for holiday or other special occasion images and music or your favorite artwork or photos. The method you use to get a screensaver for your TV depends entirely on the reason you need the screensaver.

Go to your TV's main menu settings and check to see if the TV manufacturer has included a built-in screensaver feature for your model. If so, turn on the screensaver options. If the TV has a screensaver feature, but you don’t like the options, contact the manufacturer to find out if other options exist for your TV model that you can download to your computer and then install on your TV.

Access screensaver options through your TV service provider’s receiver menu settings to get a screensaver. For example, Comcast and DirecTV have logo screensavers. Apple TV also offers a user screensaver option in which you connect wirelessly to your computer and use personal photos and screensavers from it on your TV.

Check your DVD player or DVR menu settings for a screensaver feature. When you have one of these auxiliary devices turned on and selected for use, but in standby mode, turn on the feature if available.

Purchase DVD movies with screensavers that play when the movie isn’t playing. Go into the DVDs menu and select the screensaver option to use it when you have paused or stopped the DVD.

Contact local or online TV product retailers to get entertainment screensavers. Typically, retailers offer screensavers as premade DVDs, computer downloads you can burn to a DVD to play in a DVD player or as streamed content via Internet-connected TVs.