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A Safety Guide On Installing A Wall Mounted TV

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Nowadays, almost every home has a wall mounted TV in the living room, home office, or bedroom. More than it being a way to save up on some adequate floor space due to the absence of TV stands, and the like, wall-mounted TVs often represent cleanliness and minimalism in the home. However, people often forget to implement some safety measures that will make sure nobody gets hurt, and nothing gets damaged during and after mounting a TV on the wall. 

To help you better understand and minimize the risks of having a wall-mounted TV, here is a list of things you should remember while installing one:

  • Consider the location

Before you even start drilling holes into the walls of your home, figure out if the location you’re considering is ideal. Take into consideration things such as viewing angles, sun exposure, space, and even proximity to the power outlet. Such considerations will help prevent overheating, future occurrences of sore necks, and space-related and power cord-related accidents. Mount your TV at a place where it is cool, safe, and out of bumping distance. Also make sure to place it at a height where the TV screen is at eye level, or at least close to it. 

  • Find out if your wall can handle holding the TV up and make sure you are using the correct anchor

To ensure that your hard-earned money does not go to waste, check if your designated TV wall can carry the weight of your TV. Keep in mind that TV size is directly proportional to your TV’s weight. This means the bigger your TV is, the heavier it will be. So, make sure to check if the material of your wall is sturdy enough to carry your new TV, and that your wall mount is made for the specific size and weight of your TV. Also take note of what type of wall you are mounting on, as there are specific wall anchors needed for each:

  • If you are planning on mounting your TV on concrete or brick, attach the wall bracket or wall mount with a sleeve or wedge anchor. Such anchors are not very difficult to find, as you may simply purchase them at any hardware store. If you’re on the hunt for deals on prices, you may also opt to buy online. Once secure, you may hang your TV onto the bracket.
  • Meanwhile, if you’re mounting on drywall, make sure to anchor your bracket or wall mount onto the studs behind your wall before attaching your TV onto the bracket. If your wall has no studs, anchor the TV bracket using toggle bolts. 

Note: To find the studs, you may use stud finders or knock on your wall until you hear a solid sound. Hollow wall sounds mean there are no studs behind it. Make sure you are not drilling into water pipes, gas pipes, and electrical wiring. 

In this video, LRN2DIY, a YouTube channel specializing in how-to videos, demonstrates how to mount a TV onto drywall.

  • Conceal your cords and cables

Aside from it being unsightly and messy, cords and cables left exposed can be quite dangerous. Because these cords and cables are left dangling and lying around, it is possible for it to come in contact with spilt liquids. Unconcealed cords may also be cause for accidents involving kids and adults alike. To prevent such accidents and occurrences, you may hide your wires or cords behind the walls using a power relocation kit. You may also choose to mount your TV in front of a power outlet or add a power outlet behind your TV to keep it from dangling. A paintable wire channel is also ideal in keeping your cords and cables tucked, tidy, and in order.

A tip: For electrical work such as rewiring and adding power outlets behind your TV, contact a professional. 

  • Make sure all ports are accessible

While you may not find an extra HDMI port necessary at the moment you’re mounting your TV, you may find a need for it in the future. The same goes for all input and output ports on your TV, including, but not limited to the USB, component, composite, VGA, antenna, and S-Video ports. 

Ports that are not fully accessible may cause damage to the jacks, wires, and cables being connected to them. Making sure that they are all accessible from the moment you mount your TV saves you the chore of unmounting and making access for such ports in the future when you find yourself wanting to connect DVD players, bluray players, a gaming console, smart home devices, home security devices, streaming devices, and many more.

  • Is it level?

Try and find out if your television is levelled and mounted properly. This, otherwise, could cause your TV to get dislodged or unmounted in the future. 

  • Can the kids reach it?

Kids reaching for and potentially knocking your TV off the wall mount when it is not properly secured can cause major accidents, or worse, death. It is therefore best to, aside from making sure the TV is mounted securely, mount the TV out of children’s reach.

  • Know what you’re doing

Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to mount your TV to the wall without doing some research on it. Aside from reading and understanding the buyer’s guide that comes with your TV and wall mount, you may also search for demonstration videos on the internet. What’s important is that you figure out just exactly what you’re doing before attempting to do it yourself. This could otherwise only put you and your TV in a lot of danger.

  • If in doubt, call a professional

If you think you can’t do it, don’t hesitate to call a professional. There will be installation costs and labour costs, no doubt, but those will definitely be less expensive than undoing any potential damage you may inflict on yourself, the people around you, your furniture, your appliances, and your home in the event that you are unable to complete the mounting job properly. 

Do I Need An Aerial For A Smart TV

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You’re moving into your new house. One of the first things that you should buy is furniture and appliances. You have to make the difficult choice between quality or price. However, when it comes to buying items for your home, the thing that you have to consider is its functionality. There would be no use to buying a cheap item when you can’t use it for your everyday life.

Regardless of the price, it still is an unnecessary expense. On the other hand, a sala set worth £1, 400, despite being labelled as frivolous, can be considered a practical purchase if it’s used a lot of times.

 This mindset also applies to your appliances. If you buy a brand new, top-of-the-line smart TV, the functionality should be the main issue. How much did your Smart HD TV cost you? £ 400? £ 550? Maybe you finally got that bonus, and you decided to splurge. And now you have gone home with a smart TV worth £ 2000. Now what?

 What exactly do you do with a £2000-Smart TV? For most of us, having a colossal flatscreen HD TV is the dream. You can spend the rest of your nights, relaxing in front of your screen, watching your favourite shows to your heart’s content. But how exactly can you watch on your Smart TV?

 One interesting statistic is that many believe that buying a TV is enough. Once they have plugged in their Smart TV, they can already watch whatever show they want. Right? Nope. There are various ways that you can employ to make sure that your Smart TV becomes good to use. 

I have listed the five most common methods to use their Smart TV.

Internet Connection

We now live in the age of streaming. Many even posit that the rise of streaming services spells the death of cable. This could hold true for many reasons. Streaming companies such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu are services where you pay a monthly subscription fee in exchange for unlimited access to their content.

Each of these streaming sites has thousands of thousands of movies, TV shows, and documentaries for its subscribers to enjoy. You can spend whole months combing through just one section of their catalogue. Most Smart TVs already have these streaming apps built-in. 

All new models of Smart TVs can easily connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi or an Ethernet cable. If you’re happy with using your Smart TV for streaming, then you don’t have to read through the next part of this article. 

Aerial

The aerial or the antenna is perhaps one of the most traditional ways for a household to obtain reception. “Do I need a TV Aerial for my Smart TV?” Yes, you do. But only if you want to use your Smart TV to watch live TV. If you want to access Freeview in the UK, then you need a TV Aerial for your Smart TV. Freeview is a service that is delivered to your Television system only through a TV Aerial. You cannot watch TV like BBC1 and BBC2 without a TV Aerial to receive signals broadcasted by TV stations.

A TV Aerial Installation can quickly be done in less than a day. You can simply call your local aerial installers and have them hook you up with a working TV Aerial system. Aside from Freeview, your TV Aerial will also provide you access to BT Vision, EETV, TalkTalk TV, and Saorview provided that you paid for these subscription services.

Satellite Dish

The same holds true with Freesat. A satellite dish is required for your Digital TV to watch live TV through the UK Freesat service. Some of the paid services that you get access to are Sky, Soarsat, and international TV programs. If you don’t want to pay for a monthly subscription fee, then there is Freesat. 

A standard satellite dish installation will take less time than a TV Aerial Installation. It is also considered to be generally cheaper, although both of these care in the same price range. The main difference between a satellite dish and a TV Aerial, however, is that a satellite receiver (i.e. Freesat Box) is required to decode the satellite signals into watchable content. On the other hand, TV Aerials need to be installed from a much higher vantage point like the roof, which could be tricky if you live in an apartment.

Game Consoles

Of course, one of the most widely known uses of TVs is for gaming. Regardless of whether you own a Playstation, an Xbox, or a Nintendo Switch, your gaming experience will surely benefit from an HD Smart TV. With better graphics and image resolution, you get to immerse yourself more into the game. Just plug in your favourite game and enjoy!

Laptop

Lastly, you can easily connect your laptop using a VGA or HDMI wire to watch TV. Through this, you can watch a movie through a bigger screen. I can’t imagine a better way to enjoy Family night than lounging on the sofa with your family and watching a movie.

How Does Freesat Work?

Nowadays, entertainment has become such a massive part of people’s lives. We come home from work, school, or even just a day full of errands wanting just to lay down and chill in front of the telly. It’s always such a treat, getting to relax and unwind while watching your favourite TV show, re-watching your favourite movie, or even just browsing through the channels available via your cable subscription. However, as cable subscription prices rise, we consumers are left looking for ways to satisfy our need for TV without having to shell out enormous amounts. Amounts that would have otherwise been dedicated to paying for necessities like food, water, electricity, rent, etc. Fortunately, there are a few alternatives to expensive cable subscriptions. One of these alternatives is Freesat, a digital satellite TV service from the BBC and ITV which offers a ton for channels for free. 

Now, you may be asking, “How does Freesat work?” To answer your questions, we’ve come up with a list of things you should know about Freesat:

Getting Freesat

To receive Freesat service, you will need a satellite dish or satellite receiver. You don’t necessarily have to get a new one if you’ve already got an existing satellite dish installed. This is why many people who switch over to Freesat usually come from Sky Digital, which also delivers its service via a satellite dish. However, if you are switching from a service that does not use satellite dishes, you may have to pay to get one installed. 

Once you have a satellite dish, the next thing you will need is one of the following:

A Freesat-ready TV 

Some manufacturers already produce at least one kind of TV with Freesat built into it. With a Freesat-ready TV, you will be able to access channels and almost any radio station without the need for an additional device.

A Freesat (or Freesat+) Set Top Box

Freesat set top boxes and Freesat HD boxes cost somewhere between £50-£220, depending on which features you will want on your box. These set top boxes should be compatible with whatever flat-screen TV you own. Connect the set top box to your satellite feed and your TV via HDMI, and you’ll be good to go!

Freesat from Sky 

If you are already a Sky Digital subscriber and no longer want to pay for TV, you may consider switching over to this plan. Although you wouldn’t have access to the HD and Premium channels exclusive to Sky Digital, you will have more channels compared to the regular Freesat Digital service. Those with the regular Freesat Digital service may choose to upgrade by purchasing a viewing card from Sky Digital.

Costs

As stated above, Freesat is a free TV service. This means aside from the upfront costs such as the set top box purchase, fees for its installation, and if needed, installation costs for the satellite dish, you will not have to pay any monthly fees. 

Channels

Freesat has more than 200 channels with 20 of those on HD, when you get the Freesat HD Box or the Freesat 4K TV Box, among other models. You may access on-demand content from channels/streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, BBC News, BBC Sport, My5, and many more. Freesat’s on-demand service, however, will require you to connect to your home broadband, and more preferably fibre broadband. 

Freesat also offers an eight-day program guide, helping you identify which shows you will want to watch live and which shows you will want to record with your Freesat+ box. 

Recording, Rewinding, Forwarding, and Pausing

If you have a Freesat-ready PVR, a Freesat+ Smart Box, you have the freedom to record programmes, as well as watch and re-watch them at any point.

Freeview vs Freesat

Freeview or Freesat? This debate has been going on for a long time. However, these two TV services are more different than alike. Their differences begin with the very fact that Freeview makes use of tv aerials to deliver their service, while Freesat makes use of satellite dishes or satellite receivers. Additionally, because of how their service is delivered, Freesat and Freeview’s coverage also differ significantly. Moreover, Freesat HD and Freeview HD differ in number, with the former almost doubling in the number of channels over the latter. 

This means rather than continuously trying to determine which of two is better, it all comes down to a question of “What does the consumer need?” Or better yet, “What do you need?” Consumers, like you, will have different needs and requirements based on their viewing habits, location, budget, current TV service provider, and many more. It is, therefore, advisable to figure out just exactly what exactly your household will require and enjoy more. 

How To Install A TV Signal Booster

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For countless years, watching television shows have become a common human activity. Whether it’s for watching the news, sports, or your favourite show, having clear signal reception is key. As the dependency for television grows, it is essential that your household is equipped with the right accoutrements to ensure a pleasurable watching experience.

Regardless if you’re watching from Freesat or through a paid subscription service, you want to make the most out of your limited telly time. Usually, when you get weak reception, the solution is to go to the shop and purchase a TV Signal booster. However, this could be an unnecessary expense given the following scenarios.

Poor reception can be caused by many things. It would be good if you try to fix these first before buying a TV Signal booster.

Obstructions

Obstructions such as buildings and trees act as a barrier and make it hard for your satellite dish to receive signal. Position your satellite dish away from these obstructions to provide your television with the optimal TV Reception.

Small Satellite Dish

There are cases when the satellite dish installed for your home does not suffice for your satellite dish requirements. The standard satellite dish size installed in most UK houses is 45 cm. However, in cases where the user is located far away, a bigger dish, up to 3 m in diameter may be required. This is so that residents in distant locations can still get TV reception.

Frayed Cables

Another reason why you may be experiencing a signal loss is due to frayed cables. Run a thorough check on your cables. Some may need to be replaced so you can enjoy watching your favourite TV show without any difficulty once again. 

Wrong Satellite Positioning (Azimuth)

Depending on your use of your TV and the shows that you watch, there are certain angles that you need to position your satellite dish. Here is a table on which angles are for which TV Services

 

Angle

Satellite

TV Service

28.2 E

Astra 2 Satellites

Freesat, Sky Subscription

28.5 E

Eurobird

Freesat, Sky Subscription

19.2 E

Astra 1 Satellites

French and German Shows

13 E

Hotbird

European and North African Regions

 

Once all of these has been fixed and you’re still getting an unstable signal strength, then it’s time to buy a TV booster. Installing the TV Signal Booster is another tricky part. Uninstalled properly, this will do nothing or worse, worsen your signal loss altogether.
In an ideal setting, hiring professionals would do the trick. They would come in, do a complete TV aerials installation or satellite dish installation, and guarantee a pleasurable watching experience. However, not only can Aerial signal boosters be expensive, in most cases, you can do it yourself without any difficulty. You just need the know-how.

Below is how to properly install a TV Signal Booster.

Step 1:

Identify a good spot in your television cable where you can install the booster. Don’t just choose a random spot. If you only have one Digital TV, then you can install the Digital TV Booster Amplifier near the Television. Don’t put it too close to the power supply though so it doesn’t create any issues. However, if you’re using the Booster Amplifier to boost multiple Digital TVs, it’s better to install the TV Booster near your distribution amplifiers or Antenna Line splitter.

Step 2:

Unscrew the cable from your Digital TV or distribution amplifiers. Connect a cable from your TV booster to your Digital TV ’s input or if you’re using distribution amplifiers, connect it there. Make sure that the connection is not too tight as this can lead to a shorter lifespan.

Step 3:

Connect the cable from the TV Aerial or Satellite Dish to your TV Booster. This will complete your setup as your HD Digital TV will now be reconnected to your Aerial or Satellite Dish and will be getting TV Reception once again.

Step 4:

Plug your TV Booster into the power supply to turn it on. This will provide amplify your Digital TV’s signal strength.

Step 5:

Get a bowl of crisps. Sit back. And spend hours watching on your Digital TV.

Factors That Affect Satellite Dish Installation Cost

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Television. 

Telly. 

Idiot 

Box. 

The Tube. 

The Box.

Regardless of what you call it, there is no denying that it is definitely one of man’s greatest inventions. However, the watching experience is hampered when all that you are watching is static. Before you can lean back and start to relax in front of the telly, the first thing that you need to do is have a satellite installation.

This blog post will comprehensively discuss the several factors that affect the satellite dish installation cost. It’s best to be knowledgeable of all the information so you can ready your budget. Preparing enough cash for a tv aerial or satellite installation is necessary. 

There is a general price for the dish installation. You can contact your local tv aerial installers for a general quote. However, once they come to your property, there are several factors that may affect this pricing. The standard satellite cost covers a 45 cm Satellite Dish, a Quad LNB, 18-metre cable, and 1.5 hrs worth of labour for the installation.

Below are some of the variables that would affect the cost of your installation project.

If Satellite Dish Has To Be Installed Elsewhere

It is a general rule to install tv aerials on an elevated level. Usually, they are installed on the roof. However, there are cases when the roof is unavailable for any kind of installation. At the same time, direction and alignment have to be taken into account. If the roof is not in an optimal condition, then there are alternatives to it. Take note that there may be added costs to this as they would require extra work.

  • Chimney

The chimney is one of the more common alternative places for your satellite dish. A chimney installation will require a chimney stack and a chimney lashing kit. There are different techniques that aerial installers can employ. Make sure that the installers don’t use drill fixings if your chimney is old and in poor condition. This may create substantial damage to your property like bricks being ripped clean off of the house.

  • Mast and Brackets

Another method is to stick it on a mast and bracket. This will help give height and clearance needed to receive a signal. 

If A Larger Satellite Dish Is Required To Receive Optimal Reception

The standard size of the satellite dish is around 45 cm. There are locations, however, that may require a larger one. A bigger dish is necessary to ensure that you receive a better signal. For example, if you reside in the middle of the city, a standard-sized dish would suffice. However, if you live further north, the satellite’s strength grows weak and would require at least a 60 cm satellite dish. For extreme cases, a 1-metre satellite dish may be used.

If The Work Takes Longer Than The Expected Time

Generally, installation for licensed professionals will take less than two hours to finish. However, in the case of unforeseen circumstances i.e., difficulty with installation, it may take longer. The additional labour will cost you a few extra pounds as financial compensation to the installers.

Need for a Longer Cable

The general cable length that is part of the normal quote is 18 metres. However, in the case that the satellite dish requires more elevation, the cable needed would increase. Usually, companies would charge per metre.

If Your Property Is Difficult To Access

If your property is quite difficult to access or will cost the installers more than expected, then they will charge you for it. For example, parking fees and toll fees will fall under the responsibility of the household owner.

If Octo LNB, Sky Q, or Quattro LNB Is Needed

There are times when different equipment is needed that’s more advanced than the standard supplies. For instance, the cost will increase if your household would require an Octo LNB, a Sky Q, or a Quattro LNB. Because of these requirements, there may be a change in your normal quotation.

If Upgrade On Material Is Requested

The material on the dish satellite will also change the cost. While a regular satellite dish is enough for households in the city, households living near the sea may require a satellite dish made of sturdier material.

Should You Mount A TV Above The Fireplace?

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So, you have a new LED flat screen TV, and you’re looking for the perfect place to mount it. You’re probably considering mounting your TV above the fireplace after seeing just about half of the people you know doing the same thing. If “TV above fireplace” is becoming a trend among household owners, why not do it, right? It is a cute look, after all! Especially when you’ve rearranged your furniture to make it the focal point of your living room or your bedroom. However, you likely have some reservations about this idea. And on top of that, the other half of the people you know probably have extreme feelings about it and are probably very adamant about the fact that mounting a TV above the fireplace is a bad idea. Now, here you are, perhaps even googling “Can you put a TV above a fireplace?” to get some answers…

Should you or should you not mount your TV above the fireplace? 

To help you come up with the answers you need, here’s a pros and cons list to mounting a TV above the fireplace:

PROS

  • The aesthetics
Even with a traditional looking fireplace, putting a TV right above it changes the vibe and the orientation of the whole room. Your new TV becomes the star of the room, and with a few changes to your interior design, the whole set-up will just flow. Additionally, by mounting the TV above the fireplace, you are also effectively filling a bare space which would have still needed a bit of decorating, otherwise.

  • You’ll be maximizing the space in your home

Because your TV will be hanging on the wall, you won’t need to worry about that bulky TV stand, entertainment centre, or media cabinet from getting in the way. Instead, you’ll be saving valuable floor space, thus giving you more room to move around, and more importantly, more than enough room to bring in additional furniture. 

  • It’ll be really cosy

Imagine snuggling on your couch or your bed and enjoying your favourite movie while the fire keeps the living room or your bedroom warm and toasty. Having your TV mounted right above the fireplace will give you the luxury of keeping yourself entertained while sitting close to the fire. 

CONS

  • Heat and electronics do not mix

Electronics, like televisions, are very delicate. Remember, heat rises. This means putting them right above a fireplace would mean exposing them to heat that could damage all the sensitive components inside.  Furthermore, when smoke that comes from lighting firewood reaches the inside of electronics the soot, or black film, covering the components may cause it to overheat and prematurely fail. 

  • The height and angle could be a cause for neck pain

With most fireplaces and its mantel traditionally being around 60-72 inches high, mounting a TV unit above it would essentially be placing the TV outside the advisable viewing height of 56 inches from the ground. And because the TV is, for the lack of a better term, too high and far from eye level, this means you’ll be straining your neck a lot more just to find viewing angles that will allow you to see everything clearly. 

Straining your neck too much may lead to a sore neck, shoulder pain, or worse, chronic pain (i.e. headache and neck pain).

  • Bad viewing angles can ruin picture quality

When you’re using a flat screen TV, even more so an LED TV, awkward viewing angles are very likely to distort the pictures on your TV. Because an LED TV allows for very limited viewing angles, looking at it from anywhere that is too high, too low, or too much to the side could affect how you see the pictures. 

  • Fire can be distracting 

Imagine watching something on TV while your fireplace is running right underneath it. There’s no denying that the sight of dancing flames can be quite captivating, and in effect, extremely distracting. You wouldn’t want to ruin your viewing experience, do you?

While this list of pros and cons may just be able to help you decide if your new TV should go right above your fireplace, here are some other things you should consider:

  • How often will you use the fireplace?

If you don’t think you’ll be using the fireplace often, or ever at the same time as the TV, then maybe you can look into it and see if mounting is at all possible. Although this won’t guarantee total safety of your TV from any fireplace-related damage, this minimizes the chances of any damage from occurring. 

  • What kind of fireplace do you have?

Gel, natural gas, and electric fireplaces are less likely to emit smoke and soot, as compared to fireplaces that use wood fire. If you think your TV can handle the heat and smoke coming from your gel or natural gas fireplace, then you’re probably good to go!

  • Will you have to rearrange a lot of furniture to make it work?

Your furniture arrangement will determine if putting the TV over your fireplace is going to work, aesthetically. So, if the answer is yes, then ask yourself, “Is all that work worth it?” At the end of the day, it will depend on how much work you’re willing to exert. 

  • Is the wall above your fireplace strong enough for mounting a TV?

Figure out if your wall is made of a material that can withstand the weight of a TV unit. Otherwise, mounting could only put your new TV at risk. So, be sure to find out what it is made of and then take the necessary precautions before proceeding with your mounting project. 

As an additional precaution, use sturdy wall mounts to make sure that your TV is safe and secure. 

How To Find The Right Satellite Alignment For Optimal Viewing

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Imagine coming home from a long day of work. You just finished two shifts. You’ve got a bag of popcorn hot and ready for you to munch on. Your favourite show is about to start. You plop on the sofa, locate where you last placed the remote, you turn on the telly and…nothing.

Static

You turn your telly off. You try once again.

Still static.

You sigh and turn the telly off. You decide to turn in early due to disappointment. Nothing can ruin TV night worse than low signal reception. For the majority of the human population, sitting back and relaxing in front of the telly is one of their major recreational activities.

With the improvement of technology, the overall watching experience is enhanced with different features and new tech, i.e. surround sound speakers, HD TVs, and even Chromecast. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t matter if you have all of the latest and most modern TV accoutrements when your digital aerial or satellite dish is not correctly aligned. An £800.00 Home Cinema HD TV is a waste if the satellite alignment is wrong as reception is not clear. Your watching experience is still hampered.

Save yourself hundreds of pounds in labour by learning how to align your satellite correctly. 

If you’re going on the roof or climbing up to high elevations, take extra precautionary measures such as:

  • Put down a soft mat on the ground which could soften your landing should you fall
  • Use a sturdy ladder instead of stacking items for you to get to the right elevation
  • If you have the equipment, you should also rig a safety line to protect yourself from injuries

In this article, I will discuss how to find the right satellite angles for optimal viewing.

Azimuth Angle Adjustment

One of the main factors as to why you’re not getting the optimal amount of signal reception is because the alignment of your satellite receiver is not optimized for the satellite transmitter that it’s trying to get its signal from.

I have taken the liberty of creating a list of the most common satellites in the United Kingdom and the proper angle your satellite dish must be at. This is extremely important as the other factors down below will not work if your azimuth alignment is not perfect.

If your telly gets Freesat or Sky subscription-based services, you want to align your satellite dish towards the Astra 2 Satellites or the Eurobird. For Astra 2 Satellites, the satellite alignment should be at 28.2E while for Eurobird, moving the dish to 28.5E should do the trick.

If you wish to watch shows from French and German region, align the dish to 19.2E optimized for Astra 1 Satellites. Positioning your satellite dish towards the satellite at 13E will give you better reception of Hotbird, which is from European and North African regions.

Avoid Obstructions

Even when you’ve found the right dish elevation and azimuth angle, if there are certain obstructions, then it is likely that your telly will receive weak reception. When you’re fixing your satellite positions, take into consideration if there are any materials that might be blocking your satellite dish. For example, branches, trees, buildings can act as barriers for the signal to pass through. When barriers like these are present between the transmitter and the satellite receiver, you will also be receiving poor signal quality. To improve your signal quality, you may also adjust and set the elevation of your satellite dish or receiver to such a height with less barriers. 

Look For References

If you are still lost, you can check your neighbour’s satellite dish alignment. You can use your neighbour’s dish satellite alignment as a reference. However, there is no assurance that the satellite will perform flawlessly. Your neighbour may be subscribed to a different British TV subscription service than what you are subscribed to which means you won’t get the optimal signal.



How Much Will A CCTV Installation Cost?

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CCTV Camera Installation Cost

A CCTV Camera is one of the best ways to prevent crime from happening to your property. Regardless of whether it is your home or your business, your safety should be your top priority. There is no denying that crime has become more rampant than it has ever been. Not to be a pessimist but given the situation of this day and age, it’s better to take all the necessary safety measures. 

One question on everyone’s mind is how much will a CCTV Camera Installation cost? In this article, we will do a comprehensive discussion on CCTV Camera Installation and the factors that affect its cost.

It’s recommended that before you push through with your decision to get a CCTV system, you become well-versed on the topic. This will allow you to get the best Surveillance system for your home at the most optimal price.

Types of CCTV Camera Systems

There are different surveillance camera systems. Take the time to read on the different types so you can get only the most suitable CCTV Camera system for your property.

  • Dome CCTV Camera

A dome camera is the most commonly used home CCTV system for indoor and outdoor security. The name comes from the fact that the CCTV camera is dome-shaped. The glass dome covers which angle the camera is facing deterring criminals from attempting a robbery.

  • Bullet CCTV Camera

A Bullet CCTV Camera is long and cylindrical. This type of camera is ideal for outdoor use, especially as it comes with a strong, protective casing. Dirt, dust and other natural elements can easily damage a regular CCTV camera. Its speciality also lies in long-distance viewing.  

  • C-Mount CCTV Camera

C-Mount CCTV Cameras come with detachable lenses making it extra versatile. While regular cameras can film only up to 35 ft., C-mount CCTV cameras can cover beyond that distance. Subtlety is not this camera’s strongest suit as it can be bulky and can easily be spotted from anywhere. However, it can be an effective scarecrow for robbers.

  • Network/IP CCTV Camera

Network or Internet-Protocol (IP) CCTV Cameras is a fairly recent advancement. Network cameras are perfect for a Home CCTV System. This camera does not have local storage but is connected to the Internet. Cloud storage is much safer as your data cannot be tampered with. By uploading the feed straight online, you get remote access, which is a solid feature for when you are on vacation and gets worried about your house.

  • High Definition HD CCTV Camera

Although an HD CCTV Camera is way more expensive than your regular CCTV Camera, it offers more uses. For example, its zoom-in feature is top-notch and can provide users with clear and HD images. This is usually used in casinos where guards need super clear images to determine whether anyone is cheating.

CCTV Features That May Affect CCTV Camera Installation Cost

  • Indoor vs Outdoor

Outdoor installations will most probably cost more as there are a lot of adjustments that have to be made. Protective casings will also need to be installed to protect the cameras from outdoor factors.

  • Extra Cameras

If you want extra cameras, this will obviously cost extra. If you’re going for a Home CCTV system, you do not need to record your entire house. It’s more financially practical to cover only the entry points of your house ie. front and back doors. This will also save you electricity costs.

  • Resolution & FPS

The higher the resolution you want, the more expensive the camera will be. If you’re going for a Home CCTV System, there is no need to empty out your bank account on a super high-tech and modern camera.

  • Motion Detection

One cool feature of newer models of CCTV systems is motion detection. With built-in motion sensors, you and your family’s safety is more guaranteed. Motion sensors can also come with Infrared vision, Thermal vision, and alarm systems. Although it will cost you extra, many consider it a small price for the peace of mind and a good night of sleep.

  • Night Vision

Cameras without night vision don’t fare well in the dark. Their feed is compromised and you wouldn’t be able to see anything significant happening unless your house has adequate lighting even in the middle of the night. What good would a camera be when it is blind half of the time. 

  • Remote Monitoring

An IP CCTV Camera streams its recording directly online. This gives its users real-time access to the feed. Users can also watch the entire recording whenever they want to monitor whether there is any suspicious activity around their area. Remote monitoring is most useful for household owners who are often away from their houses. They can easily check in any time wherever they are to make sure that their property is still safe.

  • Video Storage

    • Local Storage

Video recordings will require heavy-duty storage. Even when set in the lowest resolution, a 24-hour feed will still amount to quite a substantial amount of Gigabytes. If your camera runs on local storage, the SD Card needs to be emptied every few days.

  • Cloud Storage

On the other hand, cloud storage directly uploads all recordings to the cloud. While more convenient, as you don’t need to buy SD Cards or manually empty each one regularly, this type of storage requires a strong Internet connection and no data limit or data cap on your bandwidth.

Is It Worth Installing A CCTV?

Yes. As many would say, you cannot put a price tag on your own safety. The importance of having an existing video surveillance system is something that cannot be quantified. It’s better to take the necessary precautions now than to have an unfortunate incident in the future. 

How Long Does It Take To Install A CCTV?

A professional can easily install a CCTV System within a couple of hours. The only problem you will encounter is how to hide the wires of your cameras and which angle is best for your security. You can always ask your installers to identify where would be the most optimal location for your CCTV Camera.

How To Improve Your TV Reception

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Imagine being all pumped up and ready to watch the newest episode of your favorite show, or the game that’s coming up on TV. You’ve got an entire spread of snacks ready on the coffee table, and you’re already comfortable on the couch. You’ve been waiting for this moment for so long! So, you grab the remote to turn the TV on. But, alas, you can’t make out anything that’s happening or being said on screen because the TV signal is poor. Or in worst cases, you’re not seeing or hearing anything at all! 

Frustrating, right? Well, you’re not alone. Everybody hates poor tv reception. And nothing’s worse than your tv aerials acting up just exactly when you need it. 

Thankfully, getting it up and working again isn’t as difficult as you may imagine. So, here are some ways you can fix your tv reception issues:

Restart your Set Top Box

Sometimes, people think they’re having reception issues when they’re actually not. Restarting your device is always the first step in troubleshooting. Like all electronic equipment, your set top box’s system will encounter some hardware limitations that will cause it to act out (i.e. freeze, show no video, show no audio, compromise signal quality, etc.). Most of the time, in cases like these, all you need to do is turn off your device for a few seconds before powering it back on. 

If this does not work, give checking your TV a try. Make sure all the plugs and cords on your device and your TV are all connected snugly and properly. Can you see and hear everything on your TV clearly yet? If not, move on to the second step. 

Find out if it’s an isolated or an area-wide issue

Don’t get too frustrated, mate! If restarting your set top box doesn’t work, then maybe try to figure out if the problem isn’t on your service provider’s end. They could just be doing some maintenance work. Service interruptions aren’t very uncommon, after all. 

Now, if someone in your area using the same service provider is encountering the same issues with Freeview, Freesat, Virgin Media, Sky, or whatever service provider they’re using, then there’s nothing else you can do but wait for the signal to resume or to improve. However, if you find that your problem is isolated to you, then there could be something wrong with your digital receiver. 

Speaking of isolated issues, also make sure the problem isn’t isolated to the specific channel you’re watching. Just like your service provider, they could also be doing some maintenance work of their own.

Reposition your digital receiver

Whether you’re using a digital tv aerial receiver or a satellite dish, its positioning directly affects the signal strength that is being received from your TV transmitter.  Positioning problems may possibly have been caused by factors like weather conditions (i.e knocked off position by the wind) or local and geographical interferences (infrastructures, trees, etc) that can weaken the signal that gets you. Sometimes, it could also be a frequency interruption, which means something is intercepting the radio waves coming from the TV transmitter. Either way, this can be solved with moving, repositioning,or modifying the elevation of your digital receiver in order to keep it aligned with the tv transmitter or transmission tower. 

Accessing your digital aerial receiver, however, will usually require you to hire a professional or climb up the roof yourself, so if you are planning on doing the latter, be sure to follow all the safety measures before taking on this task yourself. 

Based on the Health and Safety Executive’s book on Health and safety in roof work, here are some safety measures you should consider:

  1. Use any equipment that could help you prevent any kinds of falls 
  2. Make sure your roof is stable enough to carry your weight
  3. Find a way to access your roof safely (i.e ladders, scaffolds, stair towers, roof access hatches)
  4. Do not attempt to work alone and get someone to help you in getting on and getting off the roof
  5. Consider the time and current weather conditions before climbing the roof
  6. Look out for any kind of electrical wiring or electrical equipment and any loose objects that may cause you to trip or fall
  7. Make sure any kind of distractions are out of the way

If repositioning your tv aerial or satellite dish does not improve your signal strength and signal quality, you may have to consider the possibility of having to replace your digital aerial receiver or satellite dish. 

Replace your digital receiver

Now, you’re probably considering replacing the receiver yourself in order to save yourself a few pounds. However, replacing your tv aerial is much more complicated than repositioning it slightly. This will require you to move about the roof, and it will involve a lot more tools and a lot more equipment. 

It is, then, much more advisable to hire a professional to verify the need to replace your receiver, and to do the job itself. What you need is someone who is adequately trained to conduct any kind of work on the roof. They will also have all the necessary equipment needed to fix your tv reception issues.

Additionally, learning the basics of installing a digital aerial receiver or a satellite dish will take some time. This means if you’re eager to get your TV up and running immediately, then it’s very much ideal for you to hire a professional instead.  

Look, you don’t need to pressure yourself into doing a job that other people are professionally capable of doing. You simply have to find an aerial expert you can trust, and soon you’ll be ready to hang out and relax on your couch like this whole thing never happened. 

Meanwhile, for those who have indoor antennas, here are some tips you can follow to improve your digital tv reception:

Quite similarly to a digital aerial or satellite dish, you will have to position your indoor antenna on or near a window that is facing the direction of the nearest TV transmitter. This helps you ensure a clearer line of sight to your TV transmitter, given that there are no obstructions between it and your antenna. Otherwise, keep your antenna as elevated as possible. 

TV Wall Mount Guide

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Buying a TV has become a complicated process. Perhaps back in the day, it was as simple as running to the store, getting one, plugging it to your antenna and voila! You’ve got yourself a running Television. However, times have changed since then. Today, when you run to the store to get yourself a TV, there are dozens of factors that you have to take into consideration: 

Flatscreen or Curved display? What’s the right size and dimensions that would fit your needs? Should it be a Smart TV? What are the additional features that you need? 4K Ultra HD? Surround Sound Speakers? Sound Bars? How many HDMI ports do you really need?

When purchasing a flatscreen TV, another essential that you need to buy is the wall mount. A TV wall mount is not an optional accessory that you can opt not to get. Due to thinner screens, the majority of flatscreen TVs cannot stand on their own. At the same time, wall mounts give homeowners more space as they do not require a TV table, unlike old TVs. 

This will, however, entail another bout of discussions for wall mounts like what’s the best tv wall mount for plaster walls? Can your walls sustain the weight of a TV? Where will you place your wall mount? And what’s your budget for this? Choosing the best TV wall mount is crucial to optimizing your watching experience. 

Here I have listed down some of the common types of TV wall mounts and its pros and cons.

Fixed TV Wall Mount

A Fixed TV Wall Mount is the simplest option. This type of wall mount is the cheapest among its peers and also has the shortest installation time of all. It is comparably quick to install as these low-priced wall brackets just need to be drilled into a section of your house. 

However, there is a catch. Once attached, you cannot adjust or move the bracket at all. Fixed TV wall mounts do not allow any adjusting which may hamper your watching experience. If you choose to go with this type, make sure that you carefully and extensively measure the position of your TV. The height and angle of the screen will play a huge factor as to whether you will enjoy your nightly ritual of watching football or not. Another disadvantage of a fixed TV wall mount is that adding or removing an HDMI cable will require you to remove the TV from the wall bracket.

Tilting TV Wall Mount

For an additional amount, you can get a tilting TV wall mount instead. Tilting wall brackets are a sure upgrade from a fixed TV wall mount. A tilting bracket allows its users to adjust the screen angle from 5 to 15 degrees vertically. This makes for a much better watching experience. Not everyone has the same height when seated so finding the optimal angle every time you sit down to watch is necessary.

There is one catch to a tilting bracket though. It does not have the capability to move horizontally.

Full Motion TV Wall Mount

A full-motion TV wall mount offers full flexibility for your TV angle. Because of its range, it has also been called as an Extending Arm and Swivel. You can have it anchored in one side of the wall and have its swivelling arm extend outwards, offering you a better angle wherever you are positioned.

With the full-motion TV wall mount, you can adjust your TV depending on your watching position. You can take a seat, slouch, or even lie down and it wouldn’t be a problem. This wall mount is the one that adjusts instead of you giving up comfort for a better watching angle.

Of course, there is still a catch to this option. A full-motion TV wall mount is considerably pricier than the regular wall mounts and bracket. It is a small price to pay though for total control of your viewing experience. Arranging your cables will also be a much easier process.

TV Stand

If your walls are flimsy and are not made of sturdy material, then there is, of course, the option of mounting your TV on a tabletop, counter, a shelf, etc. By using a TV stand, you do not have to do any drilling or installing. If you live in a rented space where you can’t drill or stick stuff into your walls, a TV stand is a perfect solution.

Unfortunately, a TV stand has a lot of disadvantages. It takes up a lot of space, especially if you have to bring in an extra table for your TV. At the same time, if you have kids, a TV that’s not fixed to the wall can prove to be quite problematic. People can bump into your table or counter and knock the TV over.