A Guide to Getting the Very Most From Your Television

There was a time when a television was a small black and white box that sat in the corner of the room and told us the news and a few other details. However today the TV is much more than that – it is a complete multimedia device that can do much more than just how us a few basic channels. Not only is it now in color, but it’s in 3D. Not only is it now interactive, but you can use it to play games and surf the web. Here we will look at how to take your TV experience to the next level with the most possible features and extras for the family to enjoy.

Choose Your TV Well

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First of all, it’s important to think long and hard about the TV you are going to choose and obviously this will greatly affect the list of things you can do with it. In terms of picture you of course want widescreen if possible (without sacrificing the look of the room) and it’s also of course well worth going HD these days. You also have the option of 3D which seems to be a rather divisive Marmite love/hate type thing – if you enjoy 3D and don’t wear glasses or find it gives you a headache then that’s something you might want to include.

At the same time you also need to think about features. Voice activation is something of a gimmick, but you’d be surprised how quickly you get  used to not having to look for the remote and how dependent you become on just saying ‘hello TV’ to wake it up. And even more impressive is the option to download apps for your TV if you go for a ‘smart TV’. This is basically a television with the Android operating system installed – one that’s the same as the OS for many smartphones and tablets. This way you can then get even more still from your TV by installing the very best apps.

Extra Hardware

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There are many extra things you can buy to use alongside your TV. The most obvious of these is a good set of speakers, and you can get a lot more from your TV by having great surround sound. There’s nothing quite like watching a blockbuster film on a widescreen TV with amazingly loud surround sound.

And to enjoy those films you will also need a player of some sort, for which you will probably want a blur ray player to enjoy the most crisply high def films on your kitted out television. A good set top box meanwhile will give you more channels to enjoy, while you’ll need a HD cable for all these devices to actually get to experience the HD.

Then there’s the option of adding some sort of games console. If you’re a hardcore gamer then you’ll want an Xbox 360 or a PS3 to enjoy great HD graphics and some of the most immersive and high budget games. For families though getting a Wii is a great purchase which can introduce games that everyone can play and even fitness and brain training features too.

The Room

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Lastly you need to decorate the room with the TV in mind. This means getting a great arm chair to sit in and a sofa both with good views of the television, and it mean ensuring you have nothing too much in the way. Finally it also means using heavy curtains to reduce glare and trying to avoid keeping the TV opposite any windows in the first place.

The above guest post is written by Mr. Richard Bacon, an avid technology and entertainment blogger from Melbourne. He specializes in writting creative articles on ways of digital antenna installation.