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How to Install a New Home Theatre: Step by Step [Infographic]

Fri, 15 May 2015 10:42:00 +0000

These days the movie theaters are trying to give as much homely feel as they possibly can. This means nothing can be better than watching movie at home with bunch of others and with a table loaded with food. Why not try transforming your living space or study room into a fabulous home theater? Trust us the procedure is not as high end as the movie watching experience. Here are little bit information to help you start off creating your own home theatre:

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How Upgrading to A Complete Home Theatre Installation will Transform Your Viewing Pleasure

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:16:00 +0000

Not in the far too distant past, the idea of having a large room specifically dedicated to home entertainment was a distant dream for many people. Today’s advancements in technology have allowed many high end systems to become available to the general public to feast their eyes on the latest in entertainment options. There are many different systems on the market to choose from today, so here is a run-down of the essential kit you simply must have to transform your movie watching into a true theatre experience with a complete home theatre setup.One of the first pieces of kit you simply must have is one of the latest large screen televisions for all of your visual pleasure. There are a few different technologies available for you to choose from, each with their own pros and cons. Is movie watching and video games is what you live for, then a HD (High Definition) TV is a must. The majority of televisions made today are all HD which comes in two varieties: HD 720p and Full HD 1080p. The price of full HD televisions sets has come down to very reasonable prices, so unless you are on an extremely low budget, go for full HD to reward your eyes with visual fidelity.Img: SamsungLCD HDTVs are the most popular choice right now, with many sets costing less than $350 for a relatively large screen. Whilst LCD TVs are great for their price, the technologies have moved on in recent years to LED and OLED TVs which gives greater contrast ratios, richer colours as well as faster refresh rates when viewing fast-moving action or sport. Plasma screens are an older technology that is useful when a huge screen is needed. It tends to be far too expensive to make large LCD, LED or OLED televisions, so Plasma is your choice if you need a screen larger than 60”.3D televisions have also made great strides in technology to give us some of the most immersive film and video game entertainment ever experienced. The majority of 3DTVs come with the necessary glasses needed to enjoy 3D films and games, as well as being able to watch and enjoy films, TV and games in standard non-3D formats. Additional 3D glasses can be bought for when friends come over to watch the big game, or for family movie night with the kids.Img: product wikiTo go with your television you will need to create a simply stunning aural treat for your ears. This is where a surround sound system comes in to give you a truly immersive experience that matches the best theatres out there. Whilst a traditional 5.1 surround sound system can be bought for an amazingly cheap price, to truly get the best out of your movies in the audio department you might want to opt for a larger 7.1 surround sound system.Systems are available that support the Dolby surround sound system, as well as the THQ system (both of which are widely used in cinemas and theatres) both different systems will give you exceptional sound quality, especially if you take advantage of the latest in optical audio connections. You will need a surround sound amplifier to feed the range of speakers, so choosing the latest Blu-Ray player, or gaming console such as the PlayStation 4 that includes a player built in will save you money on buying multiple systems.Img: digitaltrendsThat brings us on nicely to video gaming on your home theatre system. With a choice of the latest games consoles like the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo WiiU to choose from, you will be able to play the latest and greatest games in full HD. Both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 feature Blu-Ray movie playback, as well as featuring the ability to play 3D movies and games. This makes those consoles a bargain buy for anyone wishing to expand their home theatre system on a smaller budget.Using the help of a professional installer to guide you through the process will offer you many advantages along the way. Not only can a professional offer advice on the types of cables and connection you may need to fully take advantage of your home theatre setup, but making use of a local engineer will help you resolve any small problems y[...]

What are the Benefits of Digital Television?

Thu, 26 Dec 2013 05:03:00 +0000

With the digital television revolution well and truly upon us and analogue signal being turned off all around the country, you might be wondering what exactly there is to gain from going with digital. Has it really been worth all the hassle? We were doing fine with analogue TV, weren't we? Nowadays the quality of high definition TV’s are becoming a little over the top; some even profess to be more crystal clear than real life. Yes we may be going overboard somewhat but the pros well and truly outweigh the cons. Let’s take a look at some of the main advantages:SonyPicture qualityThis is obviously the main feature of digital TV, as the quality of the image on the screen is far superior to what we were subject to in earlier years. The picture is more focused, sharper and has a higher resolution. The downside of this of course is that it is rather unforgiving on a poor signal. With digital TV you've either got a great picture or you've got one that is unwatchable; there’s no middle ground. Back in the day with analogue, you could make do with a less-than-optimal fuzzy image and still enjoy the show. Luckily, there’s things you can do to be sure your digital signal never lets you down (have Local Bloke install the antenna, for instance). Img: ukrainbusiness.comMore channelsYou are probably aware that a whole bunch of new channels came in when we turned on the digital signal. Back in the analogue days we had ABC, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, SBS and Channel 31 (if you were lucky). Nowadays, there are multiple channels for each network. But this did not happen by accident. The digital signal has a narrower bandwidth, meaning more channels can fit in a given frequency range. SamsungCompatibilitySome have suggested that the future of television, computers and home entertainment is that it will all be accessible on one or more screens. It certainly seems as if we are moving towards this and the fact that digital televisions are increasingly compatible with computers, DVDs, Blue-Ray players, etc. suggests this. Nowadays, it’s expected that a TV have a USB port, for instance. Having this compatibility is very handy and was something we could only dream of in years passed. Flexible Viewing OptionsThis is potentially the biggest advantage that digital TV has over its analogue counterpart. Because digital files are so easy to duplicate and store, w’re able to view the programs on-demand in a much more efficient manner. Ideally, this would result in being able to watch any program at any time; we’re already able to store hundreds of hours of programming on our own systems and technology is only improving. This could potentially lead to the phasing out of scheduled programming, which it seems has already become an archaic notion with the availability of online downloads.Imag: cnet.comLocal Bloke Antenna ServicesWe ensure that you receive the best signal for a wonderful TV viewing experience. Whether you've got a digital antenna or like to set up one, we can help you out. We also help you out with mounting your new plasma to the wall, home cinema installation and more. Contact us in Brisbane or visit our website for more info!best Entertainment blogs [...]

What is the reason for reality TV’s dominance in Australia?

Thu, 28 Nov 2013 06:09:00 +0000

Without any doubt, reality TV is dominating television programming in Australia. We are constantly seeing programs like MasterChef, The Block, The Bachelor, The Biggest Loser and Big Brother at the top of our ratings. While reality television has been around for some time, you could argue that is has never been more relevant than at present. What is the reason for this? As outlined by Kerrie Murphy, reality TV ‘reflects television’s own struggle with alternative media outlets. (It has) offered free to air stations a unique and importantly cheap form of programming’.Certainly, the notion of tuning into the same television program every week has naturally been phased out as a result of series downloads being available online. Why bother having to plan your life around a TV show and putting up with ads? Plus, missing just a single week can put you well behind the 8-ball in terms of plot. Audiences generally prefer to download television programs - particularly drams - and with technology allowing people to easily connect a laptop to a home theatre, they can be viewed on a big screen in high definition.TV networks are seeing fewer viewing numbers for serious TV dramas that are rife with plot arcs over a number of episodes and complex characters. To casually turn on the television and trying to watch these kinds of programs without starting from the beginning is a bit like opening a book in the middle and trying to make heads and/or tails of the plot. People are more willing to watch programs that are more self contained and don’t require all that much concentration (which helps viewers easily tune out for commercials). Cop dramas such as CSI work because each episode works within itself, much like a sit-com.Reality television has become increasingly popular and now dominates our ratings for peak times and ultimately it’s been changes in our viewing habits and the impact of other mediums that has been responsible for the shift.At Local Bloke Antenna Services, we’re here to ensure you get the best signal to watch your programs, whether you’re into reality television, sports or cop dramas! We’re also able to help you out with mounting your new plasma to the wall, home cinema installation and more. Contact us in Brisbane and improve your home viewing experience today. Visit our website for more info!http://www.freesearchenginesubmission.infoplus infos icibest blogs [...]

5 Reasons You Might have Bad Reception

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 04:10:00 +0000

In this day and age, you shouldn’t have to put up with poor reception, especially when the majority of the country has digital signal up and running. There’s nothing more frustrating than bad sound of visual television quality and if you’re going to fork out money for a state-of-the-art home entertainment system, you might as well have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep in mind when these problems do present themselves. Here, we take a look at some of the factors that determine why you might be experiencing reception that is not up to standard. Take note, because diagnosing the problem can make it much easier to solve it, as well as saving you money and a lot of hassle!LocationQuite obviously, your location plays a big role in determining the quality of reception that is available to you. Living in a valley, near high rise buildings or in an area with power lines, is likely to affect the quality of your reception. This is because the signal bounces off and is absorbed by these structures to some degree, meaning the transmission you receive is not 100% accurate. Your antenna is best placed on the roof of your house with a clear line of sight (so to speak) to your transmission tower, but was mentioned, what lies between them can affect the reception.Changes to your set upIf your reception has suddenly become a problem it might be because you’ve changed your television set up in some way. Changes you might not even think about can have an effect such as adding TV points around the house, unrelated work that has been done on the roof or bad weather (both of which can knock the antenna from its optimum position), buying a new television or upgrading to digital or increasing the distance your reception point and the antenna.Age of the AntennaLike most products, old antennas need to be replaced every few years. Interestingly, most Australians service or replace their antenna ever 12 years and still expect perfect coverage! Obviously, every case is different and many antennas will do their job for much longer than this. However, many can become damaged, have deteriorated cables or be subject to other changing factors (tree positions changing, move to digital television). If everything else seems to be working fine and the problem is getting worse, it might simply be time to replace your antenna.If you still can’t figure out why you’re not getting the signal you’re after, it might be time to call in an antenna specialist. It might be that you simply need a signal booster installed or possibly an adjustment to your existing antenna. Otherwise, a replacement antenna may be required - but you can be sure it will be long lasting and guarantee you’ll have the best viewing experience for yeasr to come![...]

A Brief History of Television

Wed, 25 Sep 2013 08:33:00 +0000

It’s fair to say that one of man’s greatest inventions is the television. It has evolved significantly throughout its history, and today it is a must-have in every modern home. Television does not only provide entertainment for people but is also used as an important means of communication and information resource.The origin of the television can be traced back to people experimenting with radio and electricity. This led to the development of very basic technology and ideas that formed the building blocks to the invention of the television.The very first mechanical module of television was built by a German student known as Paul Nipkow in the 1800s. His road to success began when he managed to send pictures through the wires with the simple assistance of a rotating metal disk. This invention was dubbed the electric telescope which comprised of only 18 resolution lines.Crica 1907, two individuals, one from Russia, Boris Rosing, and one from England, A. A. Campbell Swinton, made use of the cathode ray tube alongside the mechanical module system. This integration created a revolutionary system of television. The outcome of the experiments conducted led to the creation of two different types of television systems: the mechanical TV and the electronic TV.The History of Mechanical TVCharles JenkinThe very first mechanical television system that came to practical use was invented by Charles Jenkin in 1923. He developed the idea from Nipkow and made various adjustments and developments. In 1931 he accomplished hundreds of sales of his Radioviser Model 100.During the year 1926, a couple of years after Jenkins’ success in 1923, John Baird, a British inventor, was the very first individual who succeeded in the transmission of moving images through Nipkow’s creation of the mechanical system. John Baird pushed the possibilities of television by creating the very first TV studio in the world.Despite the great advancements in mechanical TV, the electronic TV system superseded it by 1934. In fact, the electronic system is the basic foundation of TV we use today.The History of Electronic TVDespite Swinton’s success in discovering the possibilities of the electronic television system, it never saw the light of practical application in the real world. Only until 1927 did Philo Farnsworth invent an operational model of the electronic TV that worked. Credit must be given to Swinton as the ideas were integrated and advanced into a working model.Philo’s experiments started from a very young age of being only 14 years old. His creativity and interest in electronic television sparked success when he reached the age of 21 with the creation of the very first electronic TV system in the world. This creation moved away from the use of rotating disks or other similar components that had been used in mechanical televisions. As a result the beginning of the foundation of television as we know of it today was born.The early television systems were all in black and white with the introduction of colour not happening until much later on with the improved technology of antenna systems and reception towers to boost the viewing experience.Obviously the television was one of the most important inventions of the 20th century. Local Bloke Antenna Services is here to help you get the most out of your viewing experience. Contact our team in TV antenna experts in Brisbane and find out how we can help you.[...]

What you need to know about digital Antenna Installation

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:10:00 +0000

If you’re looking to install a TV antenna or satellite dish in Brisbane, it can help to be aware of the best options depending on your situation. Different antennas are appropriate for different homes and businesses. To ensure you receive the best quality signal and TV reception, the technician needs to consider the geographical location, the presence of nearby structures, the height of the antenna and a number of other factors. While every experienced digital antenna installer will run you through the options and provide you with the most appropriate solution, it can help to know a little bit about it.TV Antennas generally differ a great deal in terms of reception, although a standard antenna typically provides an optimum signal in most cases. If however, you live in a rural area you are nearby tree, construction works or large buildings, there is a chance that the quality of signal will be diminished. You might also be close to a station’s broadcast tower, in which case the antenna can be compromised by signal overload.This is where a good Brisbane TV Antenna technician earns his or her money. They need to look at the relevant factors to determine the size of antenna and whether or not the use of a booster or mount is required. With the use of a digital field strength meter, the technician can be sure that the TV reception is at the highest level possible.If you are having an existing reception issue checked out by a professional, there a number of things that they will look for when correcting the problem. While it may seem overly simple, digital reception can be significantly improved by moving your antenna, even by a distance less than a metre. Sometimes over the years, an antenna can be dislodged or moved even a tiny distance away from the optimal location where it was installed initially. A mount can also be used to raise the antenna and find that suitable location. With the help of a few tools and experience in the field, the technician can figure out where the best location for your antenna is and orient it in such a way so as to guarantee quality digital TV reception. If reception is still not at the desired level, the technician can attach a signal booster to your antenna. These are generally weatherproof and highly durable, meaning that they are long-lasting in any conditions.A satellite dish can also be installed and this can pick up a greater number of digital TV and radio channels. Speak to the experts at Local Bloke Antenna Services in Brisbane or visit our website for more information and find a quality digital antenna![...]

The Challenges of Installing Home Theatre On Your Own

Sat, 30 Mar 2013 04:39:00 +0000

Do you have an old antenna that doesn’t get digital channels? Or maybe you have an antenna that is broken or doesn’t work properly. Either way, odds are good that you need a new antenna. Not only do you want all the best channels, you also want to make sure you’re receiving the best possible reception for those channels. Of course, the first thing you need is digital antenna installation. You’ll be able to get everything you need if you choose the right antenna installation company. Your digital antenna is what allows you to watch those TV shows. Without it, you probably won’t be able to watch any channels. That’s where digital antenna installation comes in handy. If your antenna is broken, then an antenna installation company can take it down and replace it quickly and easily so that you can get back to the shows you love. Or if you don’t have a digital antenna, a trained professional can install one for you in a relatively short amount of time.But if you attempt to install a digital antenna yourself, then you risk setting it up incorrectly (unless you know exactly what you’re doing). And if that happens, then you’re back to square one: searching for a digital antenna installation company. By then, however, you will have lost valuable time (and you probably will have already missed some of your favorite TV shows).Making Sure Your Antenna Is Working ProperlyA digital antenna installation company can handle a number of your television-viewing needs. That includes ensuring your antenna is working properly or has been installed correctly. Other services include:• Outlet cabling• Amplifier• Roof Mount• Additional wall plates• Antenna• TV conversion• Digital reception assessment• Installation/ReplacementWithout this, things like your high definition antenna won’t work properly (or at all), for example. Therefore, make sure you spend the time finding a reputable company. Fortunately, there are many antenna installation companies. Look for one with a proven track-record and a history of satisfied customers. And the digital antenna installation company should work quickly and efficiently. This will require a little background research on your part, much of which can be done online or over the phone.Do Your Homework Before You Hire SomeoneYou bought the latest high definition, flat-screen TV, and now you’re the envy of all your neighbors and friends. But that expensive TV will be rendered useless if you can’t get any channels. That’s where a little research on a digital antenna installation company will come in handy. Otherwise, you might not be happy with the end result. Hire the wrong company, and you might wind up paying far more than you should have, your digital antenna might not be installed properly, or you’ll wind up with a company that can’t fit you into their schedule at a convenient time. Remember, you[...]

Getting Digital TV Antennas installed in Brisbane

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 06:30:00 +0000

Antennas have always played a major role in the development of the television and media industry, ever since the days when people used the old broadcast televisions that needed installations to receive signals and channels.There are different types of TV antennas; the two main ones are the indoor and the outdoor antennas. The indoor ones, which are usually smaller, are designed to be placed near your television sets, unlike the outdoor antennas which come in a larger designs and shapes, and are designed to be placed on the roofs of buildings or attics.Normally, outdoor antennas receive better signals than those designed to be placed indoors. This however, is only a general rule; the installation process and location also bear significant effects on reception capacity.When it comes to reliability as well, outdoor antennas are generally more reliable as they have the advantages of height, size, and location, which help to guarantee that reception is not interfered with.There are several suppliers of Digital TV antennas in Brisbane that will be able to satisfy all your needs as per TV reception and antenna installation. The best suppliers of Digital TV antennas in Brisbane have teams of qualified of professionals, equipped with ranges of fully installed vehicles to respond to the emergency needs of clients, whether they are on a commercial or residential property.Asides installation and supply of Digital TV antennas in Brisbane, many companies also offer repair services in and around the city. [...]

Digital Antenna Installation

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 06:15:00 +0000

In year 2011-Brisbane, Australia, I’m planning to set up an antenna for digital TV receptions in my new house. I needed professional advice on my old antenna and this new upgrade on digital antennas.  Being in Brisbane, I should be right in the “Local Bloke Antenna Services”. I sure as hell hope so because I’m going to buy a UHF-only antenna. “Local Bloke Antenna Services” provide me the total installation with minimum cost.I am of the impression that while modern TV receptors and screens are HD.When “Local Bloke Antenna Services” installing a Digital TV antenna in my house, there are some critical things I’m learn.Frequently use shorter the cable wires, the better the signal & the result is clear picture.If I want to capture signal which gives a clear picture then the antenna needs to be placed at the maximum height. This will help to avoid any second hand signals.Also check for strong signals from FM and TV stations. This is one of the most common causes of poor reception on HDTV.[...]

Tips on Installation and Repair of Digital TV Antennas

Tue, 13 Nov 2012 06:13:00 +0000

Digital TV installations are relatively cheaper alternatives foraccess to quality pictures and programs. Theyare designed to capture strong signals directly from broadcasting towers, and therefore, do not require the sort of enormous costs typically involved with satellite TV installations.There are several types of digital antennas; they are all generally classified however, into indoor and outdoor digital TV antennas. Indoor antennas are designed to be placed within buildings while outdoor antennas are installed on the roofs or attics of  buildings. When it comes to reliability, outdoor antennas are probably the best because they are better positioned to receive signals directly from broadcasting towers.The most important factor to consider when installing a digital TV antennas is the positioning of the antenna. An antenna should be mounted in the farthest position possible from all reflective items and other antennas in the surrounding area.Asides antenna positioning, whose poor management can result in major problems, the cabling of the antenna is also cause for major concern. Cable corrosion is a common problem for which many people call on TV antenna repair technicians. Therefore, always check that your cables are intact and devoid of any wear and tear, both in the inner and outer casings.As with most technological equipment, digital TV antenna frequently experience upgrades. Many people believe their TV antennas only require repair, whereas, the actual problem is that theircurrent versions of digital antennas no longer offer the best level of picture and audio quality. Sometimes, a simple upgrade of an antenna to the latest version could be all that is needed to solve any problem being encountered.[...]