18. December 2015 · Comments Off on Quick Tips for Watching TV with Your Child · Categories: electronics · Tags:

1. Choose television shows that reinforce your family’s values.
2. Limit your child’s “screen time” – television, computers, video games, etc.
3. Help your child choose programs that are right for his age and interests.
4. Find books that extend the learning of programs your child enjoys.
5. Record your child’s favorite shows so she can watch them over and over again. Remember that children learn from seeing things more than once.
6. Watch television with your child when you can so you can help him understand what he’s seeing and hearing.
7. When you have recorded a program, you can “stop the action” from time to time and discuss the program with your child.
8. Use the TV guide and help your child choose the programs he wants to watch during the week.
9. After your child watches a program, encourage her to draw a picture about what she saw or heard.
10. Plan to do activities with your child that relate to the theme or story of a program he watched.
11. Encourage your child to talk to the television when she is watching a show.
12. Choose programs for your child that encourage creative and critical thinking and make her want to learn more.
13. Help your child make connections between what he sees on television and his own everyday life.

14. Keep television out of your child’s bedroom so that you know what he’s watching, how much he’s watching, and when he’s watching.

01. December 2015 · Comments Off on 9 Must-Know Tips Before You Buy a New TV · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

Tips-membeli-TVWhen considering buying a brilliant TV to stand against or hang from a wall as the centerpiece of a living room, many just think about two factors: How big it is and how much it is. For some people, buying a TV may never come down to anything more than that. But if you truly want to be getting the most for your money, you’ll want to understand what’s really going on with the TVs you check out, and maybe check out Consumer Reports’ top TV picks.

As with all electrical technology, there’s a profound level of complexity and most of us could never hope to understand it — though many of us also wouldn’t care to know how it all works. What really matters when we’re shopping is what it all means to us as the user of the product. So, let’s examine the aspects of most importance in TVs to get acquainted with what they mean for you.

Display Types

One of the first things you’ll want to do to narrow down your browsing is to figure out what type of TV you want. There are LCD TVs, LED TVs, OLED TVs, and plasma TVs to chose from.

Plasma: If you’re planning on getting a relatively big TV and are going to focus on high-quality cinematic viewing, a plasma TV might be for you. They tend to have excellent color quality and a high contrast ratio (we’ll get into that later), creating a beautiful image. On top of that, they often have a wide viewing angle, so it’s easier for multiple people to gather around the screen and still see a clear picture from where they’re sitting without odd color distortion or no image altogether. They aren’t the brightest TVs though, so ambient light can become a particular problem for plasmas.

LCD: Liquid Crystal Displays are pretty common to find and may be the cheapest option. They’re energy efficient and usually have good color. For simple use, they’ll probably get the job done. However, if you’re trying to do high frame-rate gaming, they might not be the best choice. On top of that, for a home theater, they tend to have very limited viewing angles, so the person sitting right at the side of the screen is going to have a really hard time watching anything.

LED: TVs branded as LED are actually just LCD TVs that use LEDs as a backlight for the liquid crystals in the display. If it has “local dimming,” it will have an advantage when it comes to contrast ratio, which is a plus. On top of that, they are less power hungry than standard LCDs and plasma. Unfortunately, they may be more expensive.

OLED: Organic Light Emitting Diode TVs actually are different from LCD TVs. OLED TVs use colored LED lights to create the image, so they save on power, though not always as much as LED TVs. They do manage to create a high quality image, and a bright one at that — so they may be best for those planning on watching TV a lot during brighter hours when a glare could be a problem. They also have high contrast ratios, as black pixels will actually be emitting no light, creating great cinematic visuals. Unfortunately, OLED screens are costly to make, so you will force you to pay a bit more. They also suffer from some of the viewing angle problems that effect LCD TVs.

Contrast Ratio
I threw this term around lightly in the last section, and some manufacturers will throw this term around lightly as well. Many companies determine the contrast ratio of their TVs very differently. The contrast ratio is simple the difference in brightness between the darkest black and whitest white the TV can produce. With a low contrast ratio, black areas of an image might appear more like a washed out gray, or bright areas may lack vibrance. You’ll often see numbers like 2,000:1 or 5,000:1 to indicate the contrast ratio, and the bigger that ratio, the better — in theory.

Because manufacturers measure and report the ratios differently, you might come across a TV with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio that still won’t create as pretty an image as a TV which the manufacturers reported as having only a 5,000:1 contrast ratio. Your best bet is to check out an external review site that tests contrast ratios. Otherwise, be sure to view the TV in a dark place, as ambient light will make it hard to tell how dark the TV’s black can get. If you know you might not have time to do all that while browsing, just pay attention to when a contrast ratio is advertised as “true” or “native” as opposed to “dynamic.” The true or native contrast ratios are more likely to give you numbers within reason that can be compared to other TVs.

Color reproduction/color depth

This isn’t very likely to come up, as most TV manufacturers will keep their color depth at a level that won’t frustrate consumers, but if you’re shopping for a real bargain-priced TV, you may want to make sure you get one with a bit depth of “8 bits per channel” or more, with particular emphasis on “per channel.” This will ensure the TV is able to create enough colors to satisfy the human eye and present photo-realistic images.

Aspect Ratio
This one shouldn’t take much thought. The aspect ratio is simply the ratio of the TVs width to its height. It has no particular effect on the quality of the image created by the TV. It’s most important for what you plan to view most, as you’ll want to be sure the TV’s aspect ratio is close to the aspect ratio of whatever you watch most. If you watch a lot of films, you’ll probably be looking toward wider aspect ratios, so you don’t have to leave a large portion of your screen functioning as an unspectacular letterbox. You’ll likely find a lot of 16:9, and that will probably be good enough, but if you want to watch a lot of modern, widescreen Hollywood movies, you may look around for 2.4:1.

Refresh Rate
The refresh rate of your TV is the number of times the image on the screen is refreshed per second. It’s measured in hertz, so you might see 60Hz, 120Hz, or even 144Hz listed on the box. Fortunately, you can trust this number a lot more than you could trust the contrast ratio. Higher refresh rates create a smoother flow between images and reduce motion blur — handy if you watch a lot of action movies. High refresh rates can also be good for gaming.

It’s important to keep in mind that the TVs refresh rate might not always match the refresh rate of the content going in. If you’re watching a show at 30 frames-per-second, or maybe playing a video game at 60 frames-per-second, on a 120Hz TV, the TV will have to do something to fill in the gaps. Some TVs will do what is called interpolation, which creates an image that fits between images it’s given, effectively multiplying the frame rate of whatever you’re watching. Sometimes this feature is desirable, other times it creates an odd effect that makes the video too smooth and seem more like a soap opera than a feature film. Keep an eye out for features with the word “smooth,” “motion,” or “scan” in them, as that will likely indicate interpolation — fortunately, it generally can be turned off. If you’re wondering which refresh rate is best, it will be important to think about the content you’re most interested in. For the best experience you want the TV’s refresh rate to be evenly divisible by the frame-rate of the content going in. Take film for example, which is generally shot at 24 frames-per-second: both a 120Hz and 144Hz TV can play back 24fps content cleanly as 24 goes into 120 an even five times and goes into 144 and even six.

Input lag

This specification is of particular importance for gamers. Input lag is the time gap between an input going into the TV and the TV creating the image. The greater the lag, the further behind what’s on the screen is from what’s actually happening in the game. Aside from just making the controls feel unresponsive in a game, a long lag can make a fast-paced game impossible.

Knowing that, it’s obvious that gamers should look for TVs with shorter lag. Some TVs will feature a special gaming mode that allows the input signal to skip through certain processing that would otherwise create lag. Non-gamers don’t have to worry much about this, as the TV should still be in sync with the audio, and if a separate audio system is in use, you may be able to adjust the delay of the audio to match the delay of the TV.

Inputs
The TVs you look at may have more input options than you will ever know what to do with. What’s important is that you know what you will be trying to connect to your TV. If the TV has a coaxial F connector, you don’t need to worry about that if you only plan on plugging things in via HMDI and it has plenty of those.

To input a signal from a computer, modern game console, or Blu-ray players, you’ll probably want HDMI or DisplayPort inputs. If you feel the need to connect an old VCR or DVD player, you’ll want to make sure it has analog composite inputs. For a cable box, look for a coaxial cable input. Also, if you’re planning to connect a device that uses HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), like many Blu-ray players, you’ll want to make sure that the TV you buy also uses HDCP.

Hold on, what’s a Smart TV?
For some, a smart TV might actually be the route to go. Smart TVs connect to the internet and can stream content that way. They often include applications like Netflix so customers require fewer devices to get started with their movie or TV watching. Some connect via Wi-Fi, while others might only have an ethernet jack. If you don’t want to deal with a lot of wires and want an uncluttered space around the TV, a smart TV might be the best option.

Well, what’s a 4K TV?
You might be seeing a lot start to pop up about 4K TVs. Just as 1080 was the buzz number when HD TVs were coming into fashion, 4K is simply the next step. A 1080p screen would have 1,080 pixels in each vertical column and 1,920 pixels in each horizontal row. The 4K defies the convention by instead counting the horizontal pixels. If you’re really curious, read on, but the main thing to know right now is that there is not a lot of content out there to actually watch on a 4K TV, so those buying them now are buying prematurely and will be paying a hefty premium to do so — maybe think about waiting another year or two for 4K TVs to really become mainstream and for 4K content to be more readily available.

What’s important to note is that the number of pixels on a screen doesn’t define the clarity of the image, but rather the density of those pixels does, along with the source resolution. If you have a 24″ 1080p TV and compare it to a 48″ 4K TV, they will have about the same pixel density. So, unless the two TVs are displaying images that are higher than a 1080p resolution, they will have the same level of clarity, but the 4K TV will show it at four times the size, which may still help you see details better. Of course, if a 4K TV and 1080p TV are the same size, the 4K TV will have notably higher image clarity for everything above 1080p resolution. Just keep in mind that a TV being 4K doesn’t mean you should ignore all the other aspects of the TV.

Understanding all of these details a little better should make it a lot easier for you to know what you’re getting when picking out a TV to complete your home theater, gaming rig, or just that empty space on your kitchen counter.

28. November 2015 · Comments Off on Top Tips for Positioning Your TV · Categories: electronics · Tags:

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Just a decade or two ago, TVs were monstrous beasts, wide as a castle wall and often encased in a nasty wood-effect frame. But not any more. Typically made in discreet black, TVs are also as slim as a paperback, which opens up all sorts of possibilities for positioning them creatively. From hanging your TV above a fireplace to concealing it behind built-in cupboards, this essential technology can slot into your living room scheme beautifully. Channel-surf your way through these 10 top tips and find a slice of TV heaven.

Store on built-in shelves
These handsome shelves have been built slightly proud of the alcoves, providing extra-deep storage and making the perfect discreet home for a TV. Painting the storage black helps the technology blend in, so the eye is drawn to the books and treasures lining the other shelves.

Go for a gallery effect
Give your TV a home alongside art, shelves of favourite finds and oversized prints. Choose dark frames for neighbouring artworks for a coordinated look, or mix it up, as here, for a more eclectic wall.

Mount against matching tones
Hanging a flatscreen against a dark backdrop helps it to blend in, even when it’s a whopper like this one. The wall behind this TV has tons of texture, too, and it’s flanked by logs stacked high for a nice rustic contrast.

Stand away from sunlight
Do not position your TV where it will be bathed in sunlight. We might like to feel the sun on our skin, but sun on a screen makes it difficult to watch. Instead, stick it to the side of a window, especially one as big as this, to avoid direct sunlight hitting it.

Tuck it in a corner
Choose a small screen and hang it on a strip of wall or off in a corner, so it contributes to, rather than dominates, a room. This works well in an open-plan home, where free-flowing space has multiple functions.

Hang it high
Wall-mounting works well in this narrow living area – no trailing wires to trip over and no boxy furniture eating into floor space. A black and white photograph blown up to wall size makes a striking backdrop, and means that, when the TV’s off, it’s the artwork you look at, rather than the blank screen.

Use an alcove
The alcove to the side of a chimney breast is the natural home of many a TV. There’s no need to build in shelving, though. Here, a small set sits on a simple metal unit with space underneath for other technology. Thanks to castors, the unit can also be pulled out to give anyone sitting on the sofa a better view of the screen.

Hide it away
We don’t necessarily want a TV to be the sole focus of our living space. So help to make the room somewhere to socialise, chat and relax by mounting the TV inside a concealed cupboard, with pocket doors that can be pulled out and across to hide the screen.

18. November 2015 · Comments Off on 6 Tips to Turn Off the TV and Start Exercising · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

After a long day of work there’s nothing more relaxing than putting your feet up and watching TV. It’s a guilty pleasure that, unfortunately, takes up precious time. Don’t be embarrassed, many people do this.

It’s so easy to sit down and flip on the TV. Before you know it, an hour has flown by and you didn’t make it to the gym. When this happens, many people say, “Oh well, I’ll just work out a little harder tomorrow.” Don’t let this be you. Here are a few suggestions to turn off the tube and start moving.

Take Advantage of Reruns
It’s summertime, which means reruns are on. Use this time to break your television habit. Take advantage of the longer, sunnier days: get outside, move around, and enjoy nature.

Work on Free Time
If you feel like you don’t have enough time in your day to work out, then make some. Minimize unnecessary actions throughout your everyday routine. The main obstacle that seems to get in the way of a healthier lifestyle is being a couch potato.

Save Money
Think about the amount of money you can save if you cancel your television account. It’s just a thought, but you’ll be surprised as to how much time this will free up. Plus, no TV in the house forces you to do something else…like go for a walk.

Ditch Your Habit
Studies show that it takes about three weeks to make or break habits. Ditch your favorite shows for 2 to 3 weeks and notice your desire to sit down in from of the television dwindle.

Grab Your Friends
Instead of a movie night in, grab your gal pals for a Zumba dance party or an afternoon walk. Use this time to catch up while you burn calories. It’s a win-win situation.

Reward Yourself
Don’t let yourself watch any of your favorite shows until you have worked out and cooked a nutritious meal. Use TV time as a reward.

01. November 2015 · Comments Off on 5 Tips to Increase the Longevity of Your LED TV · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

LED TVs provide beautiful and bright pictures, but they also come with a high cost investment. No one wants to spend thousands of dollars on a TV only to have to replace it in a few years. By understanding how their TV works, there are several tips and tricks buyers can use to help increase the longevity of an LED TV. Following these tips allows buyers to make a wise investment when purchasing these televisions.

LED LCD TVs
There are two types of LED televisions currently on the market right now. The one most people are familiar with is the LED LCD TV, which is often shortened to just LED TV. In truth, these are not pure LED TVs. They use an LCD screen that is enhanced with LED technology instead of the traditional fluorescent tubes used in normal LCD TVs. This allows the TV to be incredibly flat, usually only an inch or so thick. LED LCD TVs use either LED backlights, which are placed directly behind the screen, or LED lights around the edge. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages. Backlit LED LCD TVs can produce deeper blacks because the tiny lights are turned off, but because the light-to-pixel ratio is not the same, this can also cause a darkening effect on other areas of the screen. Edge-lit LED LCD TVs do not have this problem, but they also cannot reproduce the same deep black levels as backlit LEDs.

OLED TVs
Organic Light Emitting Diodes, or OLED, is the second type of LED TV and the only one that uses pure LED technology. Because of this, OLED TVs do not have the problems associated with either plasma or LCD TVs. Instead of using color filters like LCD, or UV light like plasmas, OLED TVs create the basic colors of red, blue, and green by transmitting electricity through different materials that create a glow. This results in incredibly thin TVs with high brightness and contrast levels. Because of this superior picture quality, OLED TVs are the most advanced thing to hit the TV market. Currently, OLED TVs tend to be on the smaller side, but as the technology catches up, the future will see bigger OLED TVs.

TV Lifespan
One of the questions that should be asked before purchasing a TV is how long the expected lifespan will be. Keep in mind that TV lifespan does not mean the TV will just die once it hits some magical number. Instead, lifespan refers to how bright the TV remains as it ages, compared to when it was new. Once a TV has diminished to half the level of its original brightness, it is considered to have reached the end of its lifespan. In other words, lifespan refers how dim a TV becomes before it is unwatchable. Of course, the truth is that all TVs dim with age. It was true of the old CFL tube TVs, and it is true of all the HDTVs that exist today. So how long does an LED TV last before it becomes unwatchable? Numbers vary depending on different manufacturer claims, but it is often estimated to be between 60,000 to 100,000 hours.

What Causes Dimness?
Why do LED TVs get dim over time? The lights simply wear out, much like an old light bulb will start to grow dim before it utterly dies. LED LCD TVs use white lights, which do not last as long as their color counterparts. This is because the white lights have to be exceptionally bright. Therefore, they will start to dim faster than the other components. Some OLED TVs use white lights, while others simply use RGB (red, green, blue) lights. In the case of OLED, blue lights always dim faster than red and green. Again, this is because the blue light is brighter than the other two. However, advances in technology have managed to bring blue LED lights up to speed with their other color counterparts. In fact, it was this leap forward that led to the creation of OLED TVs in the first place.

Protecting Longevity
Now that the basic difference between LED TVs has been explained, as well as the reasons behind the limits on TV lifespans, buyers should learn ways to help the TV last longer. Keep in mind that it is the brightness of the TV that must be protected. As long as the TV screen stays bright, it will continue to last. Once it starts to dim, its performance will suffer. Use these following tips to help keep the LED TV looking as bright as new.

Turn Off the TV When No One Is Around
This probably seems like common sense advice, but many people simply leave the TV running all day as background noise. While they are busy doing other things, the LED TV is busy conducting electricity through its lights. 60,000 hours might seem like a long time, but if a TV is left on as background noise for just 3 hours a day, that easily equals over 1,000 hours a year. Many people leave their TVs on for far longer than 3 hours a day without watching them, which only increases the number of hours being wasted. Turning the TV off when nobody is watching is probably the simplest way to increase the longevity of the LED TV. Not only will the TV last longer, the power bill will also be cheaper.

Adjust Brightness
Unless the house is as brightly lit as the showroom where the TV was purchased, there is no need to keep the LED TV at high brightness levels. Remember that the hours used to determine TV lifespan are based on average TV settings. Running a TV at high brightness levels can easily cut 60,000 hours into 30,000 hours, since the TV has to work twice as hard to keep up. Once the LED TV is purchased, adjust the brightness levels. Different manufacturers have separate brightness settings. “Film” or “home” settings work well enough on most TVs. For those who display brightness based on room, select either “dark room” or “medium room.” This small but highly effective adjustment will help keep the LED TV looking its best for years.

Adjust Contrast
Contrast is the control on the LED TV that measures the difference between the brightest and the darkest colors. The higher the contrast, the greater the power the TV uses. This, in turn, will decrease the television’s longevity. In the showroom, most LED TVs are set to “dynamic” or “vivid.” While either setting works best in brightly lit rooms and truly shows off the TV’s power, users should not leave the television on these settings at home. Doing so will burn through the LED lights faster. Instead, set the contrast to “standard” for the lowest power usage or to “movie” for enjoying HD broadcasts. Both of these settings use less energy than the “dynamic” and “vivid” options.

Use a Voltage Regulator
The LED TV is not the only electronic device in the house taking power. Every time the AC comes on or the furnace starts, electricity is used. This causes temporary power dips to other electronics, like the LED TV, which in turn affects the TV’s processes. In fact, one of the reasons why many LED TVs fail early in life is not because of their display technology, but instead because their power caps get busted from power surges or dips. Install a voltage regulator with a battery backup that can provide additional power during dips. Not only will it protect against hazards like power surges caused by lightning, it will help keep the TV operating efficiently no matter what other electronics are being used in the home.

Ventilate
The LED TV is going to be using a lot of power in the home. This power produces a lot of heat, which is removed by the ventilation system. However, many people install their LED TVs without giving them room to breathe. This affects the ventilation system, keeping the television hot. LED TVs do not last long in high heat conditions, as their internal parts start to be affected. Make sure that the TV has at least four inches to breathe around the ventilation vents. This means if it is a flat panel TV, but the vent is on the back of the television, do not install it against the wall. Instead, install it on a tabletop or entertainment center where the vent is four inches away from the wall.

Conclusion
LED TVs are expensive to buy, but the exceptional picture display is worth the cost. Remember, the picture is the reason why the television was bought in the first place. While these tips should be used as guidelines for increasing the longevity of the LED TV, do not sacrifice picture quality altogether. Adjusting the brightness and contrast are crucial for conserving power, but do not do so at the expense of the viewing experience. Set the television to levels that still look good while saving energy at the same time. With the exception of purchasing a voltage regulator, which should be done anyway to protect the TV from power surges, all of these tips are simple and free. Heading these suggestions will help any LED TV live for many years.

28. October 2015 · Comments Off on How to promote good television habits · Categories: electronics · Tags: ,

he Canadian Paediatric Society discourages screen-based activities (TV, video games, hand-held devices, etc) for children under 2. Limit daily TV watching to less than 1 to 2 hours a day for older children.

Less is best when it comes to screen time. Too much TV watching can affect your child’s sleep, cause behaviour problems, and leaves less time for active play. Use your free time for other family activities—reading, visiting museums, walking, biking, or whatever you enjoy.

These tips can help you promote good TV habits in your home. They may also help protect your child from the negative influences of television.

For the whole family

  • Introduce good television habits when your children are young. As your children grow older, it will become harder to enforce rules and set limits.
  • Children learn from what they see. The morals and values found in a TV show or on a commercial might be different from your own. Be a good role model with your own viewing habits.
  • Encourage your child to watch programs that help teach such as shows about nature, science, the arts, music or history.
  • Explain the rules of TV watching in your home to caregivers such as nannies or grandparents. Tell your children it’s okay to tell others when they feel afraid or don’t want to watch a particular show when visiting.
  • Violence on TV can affect your child or teen’s behaviour. Young children shouldn’t watch programs with violence, sex or bad language.
  • Turn off the TV when you aren’t using it such as during meals and during study time. Don’t use the TV as background noise.
  • Keep televisions and video games out of children’s bedrooms.
  • Bedtimes should be consistent. They should not change because of a TV show. If your child or teen wants to see a program that airs past your child’s bedtime, consider recording it.

For younger children (toddlers and preschoolers)

  • Make sure your child watches programs you are familiar with and, whenever you can, watch them together. Avoid using your TV as a caregiver.
  • Talk about the ideas and activities your child sees on TV, such as sharing, giving, loving or doing the alphabet together. Use follow-up activities to teach why these things are important.
  • Build a recorded library of your child’s favourite shows—young children love to watch the same programs over and over again.

For older children (school-aged children)

  • Older children can plan a weekly viewing schedule, but you should still supervise their choices.
  • Talk about the difference between fantasy, make-believe and reality. Encourage your children to talk about what they see on TV. Discuss and explain why they can’t watch certain programs. This is a chance to explain the values you feel are important.
  • Television is a powerful tool for selling or promoting toys and products. Discuss advertising with your child and explain that they are meant to sell something. If you have recorded the show you are watching, fast-forward through the advertising.
  • Make a rule that homework and chores must be finished before your child can watch television. Consider a “no TV” rule during the school week.
18. October 2015 · Comments Off on Seven ways to break the TV habit · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

In those innocent years before kids enter school’s social whirl, it’s relatively easy to keep them sheltered in a parent-censored bubble. You might even be able to avoid introducing the term “Happy Meal” into their vocabulary if you so choose.

As far as watching television goes, you basically have complete clicker control: You can make it seem as though PBS is the only thing on. You may decide to show only videos carefully selected from the library. You can get rid of your flat screen and pretend TV doesn’t exist.

But eventually the real world will come knocking. And your newly socialized little person will demand to know what Pokémon, Dora, or even South Park are all about. How can you indulge your child’s natural curiosity but still shield her from harmful (or, at the very least, insubstantial) messages and images?

“It’s about choosing your battles,” says Amy Aidman, research director for the Center for Media Education in Washington, D.C. “Watching a certain amount of television gives kids currency with their peers – it lets them be ‘in the know.’ If you do find a program objectionable, let your children know why you don’t like it, and then exercise your right to say no,” she says.

Here are some pointers to make the most of your kids’ television watching time.

Have your kids watch TV programs, not just TV. This means planning ahead with your child what she wants to watch and turning off the TV when the program is over. “The idea is that you’re making a conscious decision to watch something instead of simply flipping around the channels to find something on. Television should be an engaging activity, not simply mind-numbing time to ‘chill out,'” says Nell Minow, author of The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies and the mother of two teenagers.

Make it inconvenient to watch television. Too much of the time, television becomes a backdrop to family life – it blares away in the den or family room while the kids are playing, mom’s cooking, or the family is eating. “We purposely didn’t put a TV on the first floor of our house so that watching television would require a deliberate decision on everyone’s part to either head to the basement or to the master bedroom,” says Susan Korones Gifford, a New Jersey mother of two kids.

Keeping the TV in a closed armoire also helps tame habitual watching. Hiding the clicker isn’t a bad idea either because it tends to discourage channel surfing. Educators agree that no child should have a television in his bedroom.

Be firm but open-minded. Shows with graphic sexual content or violence should obviously be off-limits for children. But what about the grayer areas – programs you think are simply inane or unpleasant?

“Let your child come to you and explain why she wants to watch it, then work out a reasonable compromise,” says Minow. “It may simply be a matter of satisfying her curiosity about a show or exposing her to just enough so she can ‘talk the talk’ at school.”

If your child does end up liking the program and you don’t find the content objectionable, it’s okay to give some slack. “Certainly, you don’t want your child to be on a steady diet of mindless TV, but banning silly programs altogether may only give the shows a ‘forbidden fruit’ sort of appeal,” says Aidman.

Avoid setting a daily TV limit for your child. This seems counterintuitive, but it’s surprisingly effective. “Some days my kids watch TV, some days they don’t watch any. But I know if I told them they could watch an hour a day, they’d do anything they could to squeeze in that time,” says Gifford.

On days your child watches TV, be aware that most experts believe more than two hours a day is too much for children age 2 and older. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 2 not watch television at all.)

Like Gifford, you may want to let your child come to you when he wants to watch and keep to yourself what the absolute maximum is. This will avoid tacitly sending the message that there’s a certain amount he “should” be watching.

Prohibit TV and videos during playdates. Kids need time to play and interact with their peers – television only acts as an impediment. “Make a firm rule in your house, and let other parents know that you would like them to respect your ‘no TV on playdates’ rule when your child is visiting their home, too,” says Minow.

Watch with your kids whenever possible. Knowing what your child is watching is key, so you don’t end up being surprised by a show that may seem kid-friendly but isn’t. Watching with your kids also provides the opportunity to talk about what’s on.

“It gives you common ground and a jumping off point for conversation. And since it can become more of a challenge for some parents to talk with their children as they get older, this can be quite important,” says Aidman.

Record shows ahead of time if possible. Children’s TV shows are filled with ads for junk food that make kids crave snacks. (Some experts say this is one reason TV watching is linked to childhood obesity.)

Recording shows to watch later not only saves you viewing time, but also lets you zip through commercials for junk food, violent movies, and toys. You can also pause a show to talk about what you’re watching. If you don’t record shows, hit the mute button during the commercials.

Be a role model. Certainly, peer pressure has an influence on our kids’ TV watching habits. But ultimately, as with everything else – violence, eating habits, racial attitudes – children are most affected by the example we parents set.

“If they see you mindlessly flipping channels, if you ‘shh’ them while you watch your favorite sitcom,” that’s the attitude they’ll eventually adopt, says Minow. On the other hand, if your kids see you eagerly sitting down every so often to watch something and concentrating on what you’re seeing, they’ll recognize the potential for enjoyment TV actually promises.

10. October 2015 · Comments Off on Easy Tips on Caring for LED and LCD Televisions · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

Technological developments bring changes in various fields. One is the field of entertainment. Formerly known television cathode ray tube (CRT) TV aka Tube. However, with the presence of thin-screen TV that has such kind of liquid crystal display (LCD) and light emitting diode (LED) tube TV was becoming obsolete. The shape is lighter and thinner makes LCD and LED TVs in great demand. The image quality is also better displayed.

In addition, this TV is easily placed anywhere because it does not take up space. However, that does not mean the type of TV is free from care, both LED and LCD TVs are more sensitive on the screen. Scars, cuts or scratches on the screen can cause a decrease in image quality impressions. Therefore, you should be careful when lifting or moving it.

Following this, I will share tips on how to care for LED and LCD TVs appropriately:

Avoid the sun rays. Avoid the sun rays. Avoid LED TVs and LCD from direct sunlight. Tips: The best way is to put the TV in a well-protected from the sun or indoors.

Avoid Dust. Dust is the enemy of LED and LCD TVs. Dust will make you filthy TV. In addition, the stub of dust can cover ventilation holes that makes the TV into heat faster. Dust can also cause interference on the display screen that can degrade the quality of the color. The best step is to maintain the cleanliness of the room and electronic equipment. Do not wait until the dust piling up for a long time dust can also cause electrical damage. Tips: For cleaning the dust, you can use a soft cloth and a special cleaning fluid LED and LCD screens. Avoid spraying cleaner directly on the screen. Do not forget to turn off all electrical contacts before cleaning the TV. In addition to cleaning the TV, you also need to maintain the cleanliness of the room.

Placement. In putting the TV, there are a few things that concern. Tips: You need to adjust the distance between the TV and the wall behind it, at least about 10 cm. Thus, the remaining air space so that TV not become hot quickly. Leave space between the audio and the TV. Likewise, other electronic items. Electronic items that are too close to the TV can cause magnetic interference that affects the display screen.

Set Temperature and Humidity. Simple but often overlooked is about the temperature and humidity. Try to keep the temperature and humidity is always stable. However, excessive use of electronic products to improve the air temperature. Especially in the room there are many electronic products. Tips: The use of air conditioners you can use, but still keep the cleanliness of the room.

With proper care and routine care, LCD and LED TVs, you can last a long time and is not easily damaged.

One of the leading products issued TV size 75-inch wide, with a very thin LED. The thickness is only 0:31-inch. You will be pampered with a this smart TV. Boost your viewing pleasure with superior picture quality for a more realistic and vivid entertainment experience. Clear Motion Rate delivers smoother motion, so you can enjoy fast-moving images with awesome clarity.

27. September 2015 · Comments Off on How to Repair a Flat Screen TV · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

With the importance of home entertainment in modern society, many people are choosing to invest in a flat screen TV,, which offers many benefits over preceding types of television sets, like the old CRTV TVs. However, these newer, classier-looking flat screen TVs often come at a hefty cost, making it even scarier when your TV stops working. Fortunately, troubleshooting and fixing flat screen TV problems is much easier than you might think. Sure, the repairs may still require a nice chunk of change, or may even require the help of a professional, but it is better than buying a new flat screen TV.
Repairing a Flat Screen TV
When it comes to repairing a flat screen TV, there is a wide range of issues that can cause problems. The most common problems people seem to have are screen and picture-related. As long as whatever damage to the screen has not penetrated the layer of plasma or LCD pixels behind the screen, repairing the flat screen TV is possible. If the damage is too deep, it may be necessary to replace the TV altogether.

Scratched Screen
For a scratched screen, varying methods for fixing the TV are available. This includes using a scratch kit, auto rubbing compound and clear lacquer, or petroleum jelly.

Keep in mind that the third method is a temporary fix, but it does involve less risk.

Cracked Screen
For small cracks, you can use the above-mentioned petroleum jelly method. First, clean the surface of the area of the screen surrounding the crack with a rag dipped in diluted isopropyl alcohol. Then, apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly to the cracked area of the screen using a clean eyeglass cloth. Be sure to smooth out the jelly, as well as to remove any excess jelly from the screen.

The petroleum works well as a quick, easy, and affordable fix, but it is not a permanent fix, and generally only works with small cracks that are not easily visible. For large cracks, or cracks in the main focal points of the screen, you are likely better off replacing the screen completely.

Broken Screen
For those who have a broken screen, there are three options: get a new TV, replace the screen yourself, or have a professional do it.

If you are going to be replacing it, start by locating the frame screws and work at unscrewing all of them. Remove the frame from the TV and set it aside. The next step requires you to disconnect any cables connecting the frame and the screen. Be sure to take note of which wires go where. After removing the broken screen, put the new screen in place, and trace your steps back, plugging in the wires, re-assembling the frame, and securing the frame with the screws.

Screen Distortion
A common problem with flat screen TVs, plasma TVs in particular, is screen distortion, which includes issues such as dead pixels and screen burn. There are many different solutions, but one cost-effective method requires an external DVD player (even if the TV has a built-in DVD player) and a pixel corrector DVD.

Start by disconnecting all devices from the TV except the DVD player. Use the TV’s menu to navigate to the resolution selection screen, and choose the highest resolution supported by the TV. Insert the pixel corrector DVD into the DVD player and choose the repair function you need, or use the software wizard to guide you through the process.
How to Buy Flat Screen TV Replacement Parts
Whether you are looking for a new flat screen, circuit board, or other flat screen TV parts, a reputable place to find parts for many TV models at a fair price is eBay. Simply enter the keywords “flat screen TV replacement parts” into the search bar for a list of available items. You can further refine your search by entering more specific keywords.

As flat screen TVs are typically quite pricey, they can cause a huge headache when they break. If you’ve thrown your Wii remote at the TV during a vigorous round of Wii Sports, have no fear; fixing your flat screen TV may be much easier than you thought.

18. September 2015 · Comments Off on HOW TO FIX YOUR TV · Categories: electronics · Tags:

Most television is broken. In this instructable, you’ll learn how to fix your TV with everyday household materials.

Step 1: WHAT YOU WILL NEED

To fix your TV, you will need the following:
A functioning television set, large or small, old or new, cable or antenna or satellite.
A thin, translucent medium such as wax paper, available from any grocery store.
One to four lightweight rods such as a coat-hanger, depending on the structure of your TV’s housing and any furniture it might be in.
A non-sticking tie or fastener such as wire ties, hair ties, hook-and-loop strap (Velcro), gaffer’s tape, zip-ties, etc.
Something to cut with, such as a pair of scissors.

In this instructable, we will fix TV with wax paper, a coat hanger, a pair of scissors and wire ties.

Step 2: SITUATING THE TV, A QUESTIONNAIRE

Please ask yourself the following questions:

Does the TV set work, that is, can it receive and display a cable, antenna or VCR/DVD signal? In other words, does it need to be fixed? For our purposes, it does not need to be expensive, new, or high quality but it does need to have a reasonably “watchable” picture.
Do you have permission to fix the TV set?
Is the TV set accessible? If you need a ladder, get one.
is the TV set upright, such that the screen is perpendicular to the floor? If the screen is inclined at a steep angle, you will have to secure the wax paper at top and bottom.

If you answered yes to all of the questions above, proceed to the next step. If not, get creative.

Step 3: MOUNTING THE FIXER, or, FIXING THE MOUNTAIN

Turn on your television and tune it to a working channel (or recorded input).
Turn the volume down to zero.
Cut three or four sheets of the wax paper that are twice as long as the TV is high. Drape the sheets over the coat hanger like a pair of pants, hanging equally on each side.

Step 4: MOUNTING THE FIXER, or, FIXING THE MOUNTAIN

Note: it helps to to turn of the lights at this stage.

Stand in front of the TV within arm’s reach. Hold the coat hanger up about 10 cm from the screen and look through the wax paper at the TV. The TV image through the paper should look like blurry, colored blobs.
Close your eyes and change the channel. Open your eyes. Can you recognize what is on the screen? If so, try moving the sheets further away from the screen or adding another sheet. If the image looks like one big blob, take off one or two sheets or move them closer to the screen.
When you are satisfied that the TV has been sufficiently obscured, proceed to the next step.

Step 5: MOUNTING THE FIXER, or, FIXING THE MOUNTAIN

Use the wire ties to secure the hook(s) of the cost hanger(s) (laying flat) to the top of the TV.
Add more sheets of wax paper until the entire screen is obscured.
If the cost hanger is not wide enough to obscure the entire screen when viewed from in front, get creative. Try taping two coat hangers together and cutting a slit in the back of the sheets so they will hang neatly around the arms of the hangers.

Step 6: Optional: ALMOST FIXED OR PARTLY BROKEN?

Opinions differ on whether to fully mask the screen, though it is preferred that at least the view within 30 degrees of center is masked. You decide.

Step 7: ENJOYING FIXED TELEVISION

Change the channel until you find something that looks beautiful to you. Enjoy your fixed television as a light show, play some music. Or leave it on as ambience while you do something else.

Step 8: BREAK DOWN

When you are ready to watch broken television again, simply unfasten the cost hanger from the TV and hang it within easy reach for later use.