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SATELLITE AND DIGITAL TELEVISION
Every TV contains a tuner. These used to be analogue, giving you access to a few channels, but in the last 10 years there have been digital broadcasts of a larger selection of other channels. To receive these channels you need to add a digital receiver.
What is Freesat?
Freesat is a free satellite service from the BBC and ITV. For this you need a Freesat digital receiver available in a standard version and an HD version - there is no subscription and you get BBC HD and more.
A personal video recorder (PVR) is a satellite receiver that has a built-in hard drive, similar to the type you might have in your computer for storing data. With a PVR you can record satellite programmes at the touch of a button. Both Sky and Freesat offer a built in hard drive.
We can supply and fit a full satellite package including satellite dish, LNB, cable run and digital receiver. Prices vary depending on your requirements and choice of digital receiver. Multi-room extensions are also available. Just contact us for a quote.
PLASMA AND LCDS
LCDs consume less power than many other TVs, they are generally light and slim and produce bright images. Are an ideal choice for well lit rooms.
Plasmas can have a lifespan of as much as 60,000 hours, that´s 6 hours a day for almost 30 years. Best for Sports and Movies, Plasmas produce fast moving images with unbeatable precision.
1. Larger screen size availability.
2. Better contrast ratio and ability to render deeper blacks.
3. Better colour accuracy and saturation.
4. Better motion tracking (little or no motion lag in fast moving images).
1. Plasma TVs are more susceptible to burn-in of static images.
2. Plasma TVs generate more heat than LCDs, due to the need to light of phosphors to create the images.
3. Does not perform as well at higher altitudes.
4. Potentially shorter display life span - this used to be the case. Early Plasmas had 30,000 hours or 8 hrs of viewing a day for 9 years, which was less than LCD. However, screen life span has now improved and 60,000 hour life span rating are now common, with some sets rated as high as 100,000 hours, due to technology improvements.
1. No burn-in of static images.
2. Cooler running temperature.
3. No high altitude use issues.
4. Increased image brightness over Plasma.
5. Lighter weight (when comparing same screen sizes) than Plasma counterparts.
6. Longer display life used to be a factor, but now LCD and Plasma sets both have at least 60,000 hour or higher lifespans.
1. Lower contrast ratio, not as good rendering deep blacks.
2. Not as good at tracking motion - however, this is improving with the recent 100hz and 200hz technology in higher-end LCDs.
3. Not as common in large screen sizes above 42-inches as Plasma. However, the number is growing fast, with 46 and 47-inch screen sizes becoming more common, and some LCD sets having a screen size as large as 65-inches also available to the general public.
4. Although LCD televisions do not suffer from burn-in susceptibility, it is possible that individual pixels on an LCD televisions can burn out, causing small, visible, black or white dots to appear on the screen.
5. LCD televisions are typically more expensive than equivalent-sized Plasma televisions (although this is changing).
What is LED?
The are currently two main ways that LED backlighting is applied in LCD flat panel televisions.
One type of LED backlighting is referred to as Edge Lighting. In this method, a series LED backlights are placed along the outside edges of the screen. This method allows LED/LCD TVs to be produced very thin. On the other hand, the disadvantage of Edge lighting is that black levels are not as deep and the edge area of the screen has a tendency to be brighter than the center area of the screen.
The other type of LED backlighting is referred to as Full-Array. In this method, several rows of LEDs are placed behind the entire surface of the screen. The advantage is that these sets can employ "local dimming". Local dimming means that each LED or a specific group of LEDs can be turned on and off independently within certain areas of the screen, thus providing more control of the brightness and darkness for each those areas. These LED TVs are not as slim as edge lit LEDs.
Any TV that displays the HD Ready logo is equipped to show high definition broadcasts whereas Full HD 1080p indicates that your HD Ready TV has the highest quality resolution currently available. To benefit fully from these services you will need an HD digital receiver such as Sky+ HD or a full HD DVD or blu ray player.
HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. An HDMI cable carries your high definition signal (i.e from your HD satellite receiver or blu-ray player) to your HD TV. Using an HDMI cable will ensure you get the very best quality images on your TV.
Free delivery and standard installation is offered on selected products which includes tuning your new TV and connnecting to any existing equipment (subject to compatibility and available connections). We also offer advice on how to get the best from your new TV when installed.
Alternative installation services are offered at an additional charge.
TV Bracket Installation - if you want a TV in the bedroom, guest room or kitchen, we can securely mount your TV on the wall, with connecting cables running via a surface-mounted cable tidy and connect to any existing equipment.
Internal Wiring Installation - for a high quality finish we can hide your cabling by chasing (cutting into) the wall and re-plastering. With this service a minimum 45mm tube is fitted inside the wall which means you are able to change any cables easily in the future. This service does require re-painting the wall.
No problem, we offer all of the above installations as a stand-alone service. Just contact us for a quote.
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