Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise wants to fix your TV settings

The actor is on a mission to turn off motion smoothing
The Mission Impossible actor Tom Cruise has taken on a fair number of adversaries in his years in front of the camera. Now he has a new villain in his sights - a technical feature built into television sets called motion smoothing.

Tom Cruise has posted a video on social media criticising the TV effect, saying it makes blockbuster films look like low budget soap operas. 

Tom Cruise's mission - which may prove impossible for the technically challenged - is to switch off the motion smoothing feature in the TV settings. Video interpolation or motion smoothing is meant to give us crisper pictures when watching in high definition.

So will he succeed? We asked Caroline Frost, an entertainment journalist in the UK and is the TV Chair at the Broadcasting Press Guild. 

(Image: Tom Cruise attends the 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' US Premiere in Washington, DC. Credit: James Devaney/Getty Images)

Mission: Impossible boosts Viacom revenues

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Paramount Pictures

Tom Cruise's sixth and latest flick Mission: Impossible - Fallout has proved to be a big winner for Viacom, which has reported a 5% rise in quarterly revenue, compared with the previous quarter.

Total revenues rose to $3.49bn, from $3.32bn in the same period in the previous year.

While sequels don't always do that well, critics were raving about the film when it came out in July. Variety said that the film was "the most exciting and ambitious" of the entire franchise.

A Top Gun fan who sent a letter to Paramount Pictures receives a reply from Tom Cruise.
A Top Gun fan who sent a letter to Paramount Pictures receives a reply from Tom Cruise.