10. November 2015 · Comments Off on Nine Tips for Pitching Your TV Series · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

With the arrival of the Golden Age of Television, many indie-slanting stories are finding a home in episodic series. And if you’re one of these independent filmmakers with a hot series concept, you might find yourself in the least “indie” situation possible: pitching a network executive. But don’t be intimidated — as more and more non-traditional TV formats become runaway hits, networks’ doors are wide open to new ideas and innovative visions. If you can find a way onto the network exec’s couch, the following tips — culled from recent industry events, like the IFP’s Screen Forward, as well as personal experience (I attended the 2015 Sundance Episodic Story Labs with my TV series, Degenerates) — will be your lifelines:

1) Define the format. As Filmmaker reported from September’s IFP Screen Forward Conference in 5 Tips on Pitching Web Series, defining format is crucial when pitching a long-form series. Is your show a drama or a comedy? Half-hour or one-hour? Limited (mini) series or ongoing? Open format (it’s serialized) or closed format (it’s procedural)? Yes, it feels yucky to confine your uniquely beautiful world into such rigid categories, but this is the language of network television. Meet the execs halfway by

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.

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

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
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

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

02. October 2015 · Comments Off on 5 Cheap Tricks TV Shows Use To Keep You Watching · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

Not many of you are watching TV any more, or at least not as many as in years past. And as more people tune out (or just steal the shows off Bittorrent) the networks think up more and more cheap tricks to keep you hooked.

Well, here’s some we’ve decided we won’t be falling for any more. After next week.

#5. Cliffhanger Cop-Outs
This is when a show teases us with a cliffhanger, followed by an episode that returns everything to normal within minutes.

So, in 24 Jack Bauer winds up in a Chinese prison at the season finale. How will he possibly get out of this one? Oh, wait, he just walks off a plane in the next season opener, back in the good ol’ USA and with a kick-ass beard for his trouble.

In one season finale of Star Trek: TNG, Commander Riker has to make the terrible decision to destroy the bad guys’ ship with a captured Captain Picard still on board, ending the season with his pivotal decision to “Fire.” We wait for the next season and, wouldn’t you know, the weapon has no affect. Nevermind!

We can thank the 80s drama Dallas for starting this. They cashed in with the

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

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.


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.


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?

11. September 2015 · Comments Off on How to protect yourself, and your electronics, when lightning strikes · Categories: electronics · Tags:

Lightning strikes can be one of the wonders of nature to observe, or one of the most deadly encounters with the power of nature.

Lightning also causes problems with telecommunications equipment and facilities. The box, often referred to as a NID (Network Interface Device) on the side of your house or perhaps in your basement, is there to prevent lightning from damaging the wiring. The lightning protectors in the box are designed to route electrical surges in excess of 300 volts to ground, thereby protecting the wiring.

However, surges of less than 300 volts are more than sufficient to damage or destroy any electronic devices such as phones, fax machines, or modems that are connected to a phone jack. A surge protector is highly recommended as a way of prevent surges in electrical current from reaching your equipment, whether that surge comes over the phone or power lines. The best ones have a warranty guarantee that will pay for damage to any equipment plugged into the surge protector. Unplugging computers and other electronic devices is the best way to prevent damage to those pieces of equipment.

Of course, no type of protection can stop the power of a direct or nearly direct hit

02. September 2015 · Comments Off on 5 tips for getting the best indoor TV antenna reception · Categories: electronics · Tags: , , ,

Have you been thinking about cutting the cord, swapping your pricey cable service for an indoor antenna and free over-the-air TV? Then you’ll have to make sure you can get decent reception. And just like real estate, indoor antenna reception is all about location, location, location.

Ever since the move to all-digital HDTV signals, you will either be able to pull in a TV station or not; the all-or-nothing nature of digital signals means the days of attaching tin foil to an antenna’s rabbit ears to improve reception on marginal stations are gone. The good news is that the quality of the stations you can receive is often better than it was with analog TV broadcasts, and perhaps even better than cable. So if you live near a major TV market, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get many of your local network broadcasts—such as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, and Telemundo—using an antenna.

Outdoor antennas, especially those on a roof or mast, generally offer the best performance, particularly if you’re many miles from a broadcast tower. But for many of us, an indoor antenna is an easier—and sometimes the only—option. Getting great reception from an indoor antenna can be