How do I access the paintings on my TV?
- Plug the BillionDollarArtGallery memory stick into the USB port on any modern television.
- Use the TV’s remote — NOT the cable remote — to select the USB port. Each TV manufacturer uses a different button name, but it may be called “Source”, “Media Player”, “SD/USB”, “Input” or some other name.
- TVs have slideshows that will “play” the paintings. You can usually set the duration that each painting is displayed, select the transition style between paintings (dissolves, wipes, etc.) and select whether the collection is played continuously or stops after playing all the paintings. Newer and more expensive TVs have more slideshow options.
Can I use the USB port in the cable box?
Cable boxes like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast often have USB slots, but these slots do not function. Perhaps the cable companies only want us to watch cable TV. Use the USB port in your TV instead or an add-on port like the Micca Speck.
Why can’t I use the cable remote?
The cable remote will sometimes refer to the USB port, but will not actually access the port. Use the the TV remote instead.
How many paintings are there?
There are 500 paintings altogether.
How can I find out more about the paintings?
There are two ways to find out about each painting:
- With your TV remote, you can show the file name of each painting, which includes the name of the painting, the name of the painter, the year the painting was completed, and the museum where you can see the original painting.
- You can also see the same information on your smart phone at www.billiondollarartgallery.com
How did you choose the paintings?
The BillionDollarArtGallery represents the best paintings of Western civilization. We limited the selection to six paintings from any artist, and did not include paintings that are not in the public domain. We referred to many lists purporting to name the greatest paintings in history, but some personal taste was also involved. Some preference was given to large paintings with detailed images, which are very engaging on large screens.
Have the paintings been modified?
Some have been modified. Many older paintings have ragged edges or deteriorating frames which distract from the painting itself. In many cases, we cut off frames and extend colors to fill in edges. In some cases, we removed water damage from faces. Some might feel that we have interfered with the experience of the painting, but we believe that the painter did not mean for you to see the faces with water damage.
Will the BDAG display on HD TVs?
Yes. These are high resolution images that display beautifully on HD televisions.
Will the BDAG run on a computer?
Yes. Plug the BillionDollarArtGallery into any USB port, and use your computer’s slideshow software to run it.
Where is the USB port on my TV?
The USB port is often on the side of the TV, but can also be found near the plug. In addition, many devices attached to TVs such as game machines and Rokus have USB ports that will display the BDAG.
What if I don’t have a USB port on my TV?
First, send us a note with the manufacturer and model number of your TV to email@example.com We will check to ensure that your TV does not have a USB port. Second, you can buy a USB display device like this one from Amazon that connects to your TV’s HDMI port: Micca Speck G2 1080p Full-HD Ultra Portable Digital Media Player For USB Drives and SD/SDHC Cards
My TV is flat against the wall. How can I make my USB port accessible?
Older wall mounts held the TVs flat against the wall. The newer wall mounts for large screen TVs enable you to pull the TV out from the wall and even angle it toward a viewer. Here is one popular articulated TV mount from Amazon that is only $25.
Can I leave the stick in my TV?
Yes, you can leave the BDAG stick in your TV. Leaving the BillionDollarArtGallery in your TV will not damage the TV or the stick.
Can I pause on one painting without hurting my TV?
“Burn in” was a problem for TVs and monitors that used phosphors and for older plasma screens. Persistent images would leave a mark the screens. Burn is not a problem on newer TVs because they don’t use phosphors, and because, if there is any image persistence, you can watch TV to reset the screen. Click here for further info. That said, we don’t recommend setting your screen to the same image for an entire year.
What if my BDAG does not work?
If you see something on the screen that does not work, please take a photo with your camera phone, and send us the photo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please try your BDAG on multiple devices. If the USB stick itself does not work, please return it to: BillionDollarArtGallery Box 92 Titusville, NJ 08560. We will send you a replacement within three weeks.
How can I contact you?
For further help, distribution inquiries or partnership inquiries, please email us at email@example.com