Technology is in a perpetual state of convergence, to the extent that in the near future, it’s not unthinkable to believe that we won’t own separate devices at-all, simply one ‘catch-all’ product that takes care of all our personal and professional needs. Whilst our personal and professional lives might be merging through our phones, our tablets and our laptops though, the living room will always be a place of solitude where we can retire with a good book, film, show or video game and forget (for a little while at least) that the outside world exists.
3D videos are with us, and they are proving to be very popular. Their popularity is mainly attributable to the superior viewing experience they provide, compared to ordinary 2D videos. It may thus be just a matter of time before you find yourself being tempted to start enjoying the same (if you haven’t already done so). But, as you will come to learn, the truth of the matter is that you need a special ‘player’ to make full use of such 3D videos. That is because the ‘weight’ of the data that goes into the making of the 3D videos is often such that the 3D videos can only be comfortably accommodated in things like blu ray discs.
Back in the day, the television was an enormous piece of furniture that took up most of the space in the living room. It was difficult to move and there were very few options to where you could place it. However, these days with the prevalence of flat screen televisions many more options have opened up. A flat screen is lightweight and compact and can be installed in a number of ways. It can be placed on a stand or secured directly to the wall in any room of the house. The wires and cords for most modern flat screen televisions are minimal, which means that they can even be hidden behind the screen for a seamless look.
If you have ever tried to fix an electronic device by yourself, you most likely discovered that technology can be very confusing. It’s a tedious process to fix what you don’t understand. Instead of trying this yourself, you can simply have an experienced professional patch the problems for you. It’s far easier this way. It’s also far more time consuming.
Troubleshooting your devices – specifically your HDTV – shouldn’t be such a challenge. It should instead be an ease. While there will be concerns that will defy your abilities, there are others that can instead be handled quickly. The most common difficulties can be solved without help. You must simply first recognize what these are and how to approach them.
If you are a first time owner of a HDTV, upgrading your old HDTV or replacing that old tube TV here are 10 tips to a basic HDTV setup. These should help you get the most out of your new HDTV and give you the best possible picture quality.
This How To article is written to give guidance for connecting your HDTV to a cable/satellite box and a Blu-ray DVD player. Future articles will explain how to connect Surround Sound Systems, Sound Bars, Wi-Fi (for Wi-Fi enabled HDTVs & Blu-ray players) and Game Consoles.
Take the TV out the box
Yes this is obvious, but a word of caution. Manufacturers like to pack the parts needed to assemble your TV in very odd places. They use tape to hold the parts securely and sometimes the parts are light and don’t make any noise as you unbox your TV. Carefully look for parts on each piece of Styrofoam in the box. Finally, don’t throw away the box until the TV is completely assembled and working, just in case. Read more!
Technology is and always has been a constantly changing and forward-moving industry. With the advances in home theater equipment, new challenges arise for consumers who are interested in owning the “latest and greatest” units and the accompanying gadgets. For example, 3D technology has recently become available to the general public. While it tends to be a bit pricey and has definite limitations, it is rapidly gaining in popularity. In the near future, our children will no doubt consider today’s innovations to be “so last year,” as they say. Just think how far television has advanced in your lifetime or your parents’ lifetimes.
There is no question as to the best type of television available now. The industry has pushed consumers to make the switch from tube TVs to HDTVs in the recent past, and with good reason. High definition televisions produce a sharper picture and are compatible with the digital electronics used in modern media. However, because of techno-factors, the task of choosing a flat screen is daunting to many consumers. The acronyms can be confusing and one can get lost in the array of possible options.
One may wonder “what more can be done to improve home entertainment?” You have a nice LCD or LED TV with a large screen and a great cable connection that brings you your favorite channels. What’s more, you get several of those channels in stunning HD, enhancing the quality, and ultimately your viewing pleasure. You may think that this is the ultimate in home entertainment; however it is actually just the threshold for most technical geniuses working behind the scenes. They work around the clock, just to make your entertainment experience a little more enjoyable.
Today you have your smartphone and other mobile devices connecting to your TV and several people watching the TV programs from various locations. The TV has become ultra-smart and is capable of much more than beaming pictures. Take for instance Sony’s latest creation (that was showcased at CES 2013) – the 4K OLED TV which has such brilliant picture quality that the images look life-like. 4K or Ultra HD as it is more commonly referred to as, in collaboration with OLED technology brings you the ultimate in picture quality.
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High-Def Screens vs. Low-Def Quality
There’s no doubt that, in the land of TV and computer screens, significant improvements have been made over the last several years. Screens have become thinner, crisper, and named with more initials than we know what to do with (LED, LCD, and other forms of alphabet soup). It’s these constant changes that promote quality images and a better experience for all viewing experiences – from office work to couch lounging.
However, when the image itself is blurry or shot with standard film, the level of clear colors takes a sharp turn for the worst. This is perhaps most evident in syndicated shows from decades past, where, in the 70s and 80s, TVs were 300-pound devices with built-in wheels. Cable shows also came in via analog, allowing for antennas to filter out static and layers of fuzz. Sure the quality was bad, but it was all the world had known.
As with all things in tech, there is always the next big thing. The PC used to be this then it gave way to the tablet which is marketed by the lion of the pride, Apple. With the rise of tablets like the iPad and mobile, does television have a chance? Samsung seems to think so judging by the Smart TV. The fifth generation of the Smart TV is said to go the distance. The details of these Smart TVs include how it aims to be a multipurpose product for consumers. You could call it the ‘applification’ of the TV or you could simply see it as the evolution of the television. Some of the new details of the latest Smart TVs include: Read more!
If you own a High Definition Television and use a Blu-ray DVD Player or Hi-Def Cable/Satellite box then a HDMI cable is exactly what you need to get the best picture.
What is HDMI?
HDMI or High-Definition Multimedia Interface is an audio/video cable for transferring digital audio/video signals to a compatible computer monitor, audio device or television. Sources for HDMI could be a HD cable/satellite box, HD DVD player, tablet, game console or digital camera. There are 5 types of HDMI cables but only two are used in home entertainment, HDMI High Speed and HDMI High Speed with Ethernet. Read more!