Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Television mute button that also dims the screen

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Muting the TV during advertisements used to be enough to quiet the god-awful din, but now modern ads flash the screen so hard it still grabs all the attention in the room. How about a TV mute function that dims the screen to 50% (or whatever)?
lubbit, Nov 13 2015

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       I think you could easily bake this with a Harmony remote.
notexactly, Nov 13 2015
  

       Most TVs have a button marked <power> which does that.   

       Alternatively there is a housebrick.
pocmloc, Nov 13 2015
  

       I don't see a power button anywhere on mine. There is this weird little 1/0 button though.
RayfordSteele, Nov 13 2015
  

       Good idea.
doctorremulac3, Nov 14 2015
  

       My flatscreen TV uses LED illumination and when I first set it up I set the default brightness at 50%, and haven't changed it since. On my CCF* computer screens (haven't updated them in years) I set the default brightness to Zero, and almost never encounter an image or video so dark that I need to adjust it. I'm expecting the respective light- sources to last lots longer than if I kept them at (or near) max brightness all the time.   

       *Cold Cathode Fluorescent, common before more- efficient and longer-lasting and much-lighter-weight LED lighting came along
Vernon, Nov 14 2015
  

       Actions should be to mute the sound, dim the image, but also minimise the image to a 1:16 "PIP" window. [+]
8th of 7, Nov 14 2015
  

       Or to activate a motorised turntable that rotates the set to face the wall?
pocmloc, Nov 14 2015
  

       I liked the think that lowered the volume on commercials.
travbm, Nov 14 2015
  

       Make it go out of focus too. I don't know why, just do it.
doctorremulac3, Nov 14 2015
  

       I want this so bad...
21 Quest, Nov 15 2015
  


 

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