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To maximise the performance and get the best out of your LCD digital TV it is important to look after this expensive electronic item. Some LCD televisions require proper care and maintenance especially around delicate areas of the television such as the LCD screen. Below are some smart ways that you can care for your new LCD digital TV without damaging or affecting its performance or life span.
One of the more important things when it comes to looking after you LCD digital television is the operating environment. As with most electronic equipment such as computers and televisions it is important to operate these devices in conditions that are low in temperature and humidity. Operating LCD televisions in both high and low temperature and humidity environments can affect the performance and shorten the life of the television. LCD televisions are also adversely affected by fluctuations in temperature especially from cold to very hot which can cause moisture build up within the device.
Another smart way to care for your LCD television is to refer to the manual. Many people don’t take the time to sit down and read the manual however this is a great place to look for answers to any questions that you may have about any aspect of the television. Reading the manual can save you from making a costly mistake especially when it comes to cleaning of the TV.
Owners of new LCD televisions should position and install these expensive items in such a way that they are safe from any accidents or damage. When moving and installing a LCD television it is always a good idea to get some help as these televisions can be quite heavy and you don’t want to accidently drop your new LCD TV. Other accidents that can adversely affect your television include kids touching the screen, television being impacted by an object, liquid spills or people cleaning the TV screen incorrectly. Many households choose to wall mount their LCD televisions so that they are out of reach from children and are less likely to be leaned on or have liquid spilled on them.
When it comes to cleaning especially the screen of an LCD television it is important to follow the manufacturer’s directions to avoid scratching the screen. Many of these televisions come with a special soft cleaning cloth and recommend a suitable cleaner to use so that you will have a clean screen without causing any damage.Read More
Australia is currently going through a process of turning off analog TV broadcasts and replacing them with a digital signal. This transition is happening progressively through the country with the analog signal being slowly turned off as the digital signal is introduced. In some areas the free to air channels are broadcast in both analog and digital however the analog signal will be switched off progressively resulting in all areas having only a digital television signal.
The digital service that is available in Australia is called Freeview and this service consists of all of the free to air broadcasters such as ABC, SBS, Seven, Nine and Ten. In addition to these services Freeview also offers access to the addition digital channels including 7Two, SBS Two, Go, One, Gem and 7Mate. Currently these extra channels mostly provide similar programming to their parent channel however as the digital content increases these channels will feature unique and new programming.
The transition to digital TV will greatly improve the picture and sound quality of the content that you watch. The digital format caters for the needs of widescreen pictures which you often get with movies and also takes advantage of the digital sound for movies as well as radio broadcasts.
The government in Australia has followed many countries overseas who have decided to make the change to digital broadcasts. The current analog system which is gradually being phased out is a costly process which is also inefficient and uses much of the available broadcast space available. The change to Digital broadcasts will free up the broadcast spectrum and make room for other services such as emergency services to use this system. Digital TV transition is also important to Australia as it needs to keep pace with the advances of telecommunications around the world.
Consumers have a choice of two options when it comes to being ready for the digital TV transition. For those people who have a standard analog TV the purchase of a digital set top box is a great option for converting your television to receive the digital signal. The other option is to purchase a digital ready television which will come standard with everything you need to access and watch digital television.
Many households that are switching over to digital television do not need to change their existing antennas to receive the digital broadcasts. People that do need an upgrade generally require this as the existing antenna may be quite old and not in very good condition.Read More
Mini Digital TV is one of those great technologies that has been developed quite recently and is related to the popularity of digital television in the wake of the change over from analog television signals to digital broadcasts. So what is it I hear you say! Mini Digital TV refers to both the process of receiving a digital signal and displaying this signal on a device such as a laptop computer or a portable television and also to the hardware that is required to make this happen. This hardware which is required for mini digital television can be in the form of a USB stick or Express Card kit which plugs into the device which will be used to view the digital content.
A mini digital TV device contains a few important features which allows the device to capture, decode and display the digital content on screen. To do this the mini digital TV device must have at least one tuner, an antenna and software to be able to receive, decode and broadcast the signal directly onto a device such as a computer. As this technology has developed the hardware associated with mini digital TV has become smaller and more compact. These small devices which can be as small as a standard USB thumb drive contain a miniature tuner which can be used to receive local television signals and also local radio broadcasts.
Regardless of whether you choose to use a USB sized receiver or an Express Card both of these technologies use similar software which scans and saves the available local broadcasts of both television channels as well as local radio. Using a computer as a way of viewing the signals also gives you the option of recording shows to the hard drive of your computer for viewing later.
Other great features of watching digital television through your computer include being able to pause and rewind live TV broadcasts. This feature can be a great way to replay something you may have missed or to replay a goal or score in a sporting match. Mini digital TV also gives you the ability to record TV content for playback on other devices such as iPods and iPads while also giving you access to many of the new digital channels that have recently become available. Recording your favourite TV shows means that you can watch your shows when it suits and also fast forward through those annoying adds.Read More
With a dramatic increase in the number of movies being released in the 3D format, it was only a matter of time before the 3D revolution hit home with the introduction this year of 3D televisions for the domestic market. Many companies such as Samsung, Sony and Panasonic have all released 3D capable televisions onto the market to cash in on the increasing interest in this area of technology. This technology is not new to consumers who have enjoyed 3D movies at the cinema for years while wearing those classic cardboard blue and red cellophane glasses. What is new this time for 3D is the difference in technology used for the new 3D enabled televisions and the different technology used for the glasses that need to be worn for the full 3D effect.
As with all new technology there are positives and negatives for the consumer when it comes to purchasing or investing in the new 3D enabled televisions as well as the 3D DVD players. Before committing to a purchase you should consider the following.
The first negative consideration when it comes to 3D TV is the large price tag for these new televisions and DVD players. As with any new technology that it introduced onto the market to initial prices are quite high but as history has show most technology will come down in price both as newer cheaper alternatives come on the market or cost to build the technology is reduced.
The other consideration with 3DTV at the moment is that there is very little 3D material currently on the market. At the moment very few television programs are broadcast in the 3D format and those shows that are broadcast in 3D required a subscription to a pay TV service which adds to the cost of owning and using this new technology. People wanting to use the 3D option for viewing movies on DVD are also fairly restricted as there is only a small amount of material currently available and for many households a new DVD player will need to be purchased that has the capabilities to play the 3D format.
As this technology develops and finds its place in the market the consumer will eventually be the winners. Current 3D TVs have come a long way from the original cellophane glasses at the drive in but due to this being very new technology its defiantly worth waiting as the best is yet to come with 3D TV.Read More
Australian television is set to change over the next couple of years as the old analog TV signal is switched over to digital. Currently there is the option of viewing both the analog and digital signal however this will change as broadcasts gradually move to broadcasting just the digital signal.
To be able to pick up the digital signal current analog televisions need to have a digital set top box with a digital tuner or the alternative is to update your analog television to a digital TV set. There are many advantages to updating to a digital TV set such as a reduction in the reception problems that are common with the analog signal, the digital signal has less electrical interference, digital television is broadcast in wide screen, the digital signal also has much better sound quality and by purchasing a digital TV set you can take advantages of the extra features of the digital signal without having to add another box to the entertainment area where the television sits.
Digital television is broadcast in widescreen which can only be viewed if you have a digital TV set. The advantage of the digital television over the analog television with a set top box is that the set top box will receive the digital signal and convert it so that you can view the picture however the television will not show the picture in widescreen. The only way to take advantage of the wide screen feature is to have a digital TV set that has a wide screen.
Another advantage of owning a digital TV set is you can take full advantage of the high quality digital sound. As with the television picture it is possible to receive and play the digital sound on an analog television with the aid of a set top box however the sound is only as good as the speakers in the television. The main advantage of a digital TV set is that the sound from the digital signal is much clearer and can be transmitted in a format for both standard and high definition which is suitable for people with surround sound systems.
Apart from the improvement of the picture and sound when viewed through a digital TV set there is also the issue of space for various electronic equipment additions. The main advantage in terms of space for a digital TV set is that the digital tuners are built into the television so there are no external set top boxes cluttering up the home entertainment area.Read More