X Factor Tops Own Ratings

September 2, 2013
Posted in TV brackets — Written by Eric

Saturday heralded the return of popular show The X Factor and with a whole host of changes to the show, it seems like the talent show may manage to win back the British public. 9.21 million people tuned in to watch the show on Sunday, topping the Saturday ratings by nearly 500,000 viewers so it appears that the changes have all been positive.

Returning for the tenth series, The X Factor has brought back celebrity judge Sharon Osbourne. Anyone watching the show on Saturday and Sunday could see what a difference Sharon makes to the judges panel, uniting all the judges and helping create a warmer feel to the show.

There has also been a return to the show’s roots by overhauling the audition system, eliminating the first round arena auditions in favour of their prior method of auditioning within a conference room. This method seems to offer an opportunity for more constructive criticism, with the intimate setting allowing the judges to deliberate based purely on their own opinions without the influence of the audience.

However, the arena auditions haven’t been taken out of the show, instead being moved to the Sunday show. This method seems to separate the wheat from the chaff, allowing for more serious viewing on Sunday after the judges panel screens the contestants on Saturday’s show. The overall calibre of contestant on the Sunday show has now obviously increased exponentially.

Here at 123 Brackets, we understand how important your TV experience is to you, so if you’re watching The X Factor this year, and want to enhance your viewing experience like the producers have enhanced the show, it pays to invest in some TV brackets to mount your TV. A mounted TV offers a cinematic viewing experience right in your living room, and we offer a huge selection of high quality TV brackets to suit your needs, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to enjoy the newest shows in the best way possible.

How To Securely Mount Your TV

September 2, 2013
Posted in TV bracket advice — Written by Eric

A new flatscreen television can be a hefty investment, with some models costing well over a thousand pounds. Fixing something so expensive to your wall can be something of a nerve-wracking experience so here are some tips to help ease the worry.

Check the Load

Make sure that you check the weight of your television before you choose the TV wall bracket you’ll use to mount it. If you buy your TV online from a reputable supplier, you should find the weight listed in the technical specifications, and each bracket on our site shows the maximum load it can support. In most cases, you’ll find this will be far more than the weight of your television – with plenty of leeway to give you peace of mind.

Know Your Wall

Before you mount your television you’ll need to know what your wall is made of. If it’s brick or block, then attaching your bracket is quite simple – your positioning will only be restricted by any pipes or cables running through the wall. If it’s a stud wall or a plasterboard wall, you’ll need to find the upright studs and fix your bracket to at least two of them to ensure that your wall can hold the weight.

Check the Fittings & Instructions

123 Brackets provide all the fittings you will need to attach your bracket to the wall, as well as the screws to go into the back of the television itself, but it’s a good idea to set everything out and check it off against the instructions before you begin. You’ll also have simple, easy to follow instructions included with the bracket, but it’s always wise to read them through first.

Ask for Assistance

Even a relatively lightweight television can be tricky to position by yourself, so getting a second pair of hands to help you lift your television into place is a sensible idea. Alternatively, if doing it yourself seems a little daunting, there are plenty of professional installation companies who can install your TV wall bracket for you. If you decide to do it yourself but you’re unsure of anything, you can also get in touch with our team on 0845 676 9300 or contact a professional tradesman for expert advice.

A Brief History of the Colour TV

August 22, 2013
Posted in TV News — Written by Eric

The television has been around for more than 60 years, and there aren’t many homes across the UK without one. Today the TV is a lot more than a story telling and entertainment device; with smart technology feature this piece of technology is wonderfully interactive. Here at 123 Brackets we are passionate about the evolution of the television, so in order to celebrate its magnificence here is a brief history of the marvellous colour TV.

Born in the 1950′s

To many people a colour TV is an essential part of the home and they have known nothing else throughout their life however, the invention of this device is actually relatively recent. The colour television was introduced onto the market in the US in 1953, but it wasn’t until the mid to late 1960s that colour televisions actually began to grow in popularity and become a common feature in people’s homes.

Europe and Colour Broadcasts

Unfortunately for the UK and the rest of Europe, colour was not standardised until the 1960′s and the first completely colour broadcast was not seen until 1967.  American TV featured a colour encoding system called NTSC, but Europe was displeased with the quality and performance of this so subsequently PAL was invented in Germany (Phase Alternating Line) – this was the system used by the majority of Europe. In the UK the first colour programme to be broadcast was on BBC2, however black and white programmes were still seen. By the late 1970s and early 1980s all TV programmes were in colour and the black and white TV set inevitably became a thing of the past.

Visual Transformation

The appearance of the TV has transformed phenomenally from its first emergence on the market, and not only on screen from monochrome to colour, the actual appearance of the TV has transformed. The first screen was small yet the box was chunky, large and wooden with an array of quirky looking dials. From the late 1980′s up to the early 2000′s the shape and style of the television remained large and bulky, yet with a plastic exterior – many people depended on TV tables and stands that took up an awful lot of space. It wasn’t until around 2005 that flat screen television sets began to become the norm allowing for a much more attractive viewing. Television sets not longer have to be set on stands on the floor; you can now mount them to the wall or ceiling by using ceiling TV brackets.

Today’s choices

In the modern world you can enjoy HD, blu-ray DVDS and even 3D effects in the comfort of your very own home. The options available to customers now are incredible you can choose from plasma and LCD screens in a range of sizes. It’s amazing to see how far technology has come on in such a relatively small amount of time. Here at 123 Brackets we are incredibly excited to see what comes next.

How to Make the Most of Your HDTV

July 17, 2013
Posted in LCD TV Brackets — Written by Eric

Optimising the performance of your HDTV can be a rather bewildering task to undertake. Many TV pictures can look fantastic when in a store, and then be disappointing when you get them home. But don’t return your newly purchased TV just yet, because there are several options to improve your picture quality that are might be worth checking out first.

Checking your cables might seem obvious, but it really can make a huge difference. Using HDMI cables wherever possible will give you a much better viewing experience. Older equipment, especially yellow composite cables, are not always optimised to HDTV. New cables don’t necessarily have to cost the world, and changing them can be one of the easiest ways to achieve a large improvement in picture quality.

Another area to review is whether or not you’re using a HD source.  Upgrading your TV service to a provider which actually offers HD packages is an integral part of any HD upgrade, yet it’s also one which is frequently overlooked. Simply owning a HD TV doesn’t mean that what you’re watching is guaranteed to be HD in quality. Once you’ve checked your source is actually HD enabled you also need to ensure your source settings are configured correctly. Your cable or satellite box should be set to output HD, usually found by choosing 1080i from the box menu. You should also ensure you’re tuned in to any HD channels that might be relevant to your provider.

After you’ve crosschecked the above advice, the last area that might need adjusting is the settings on your TV itself. Contrast and brightness controls will often affect your picture the most, so it can be worth taking the time to get acquainted with those in greater detail. Experimenting with preset TV settings can also be useful. Frequently the most accurate picture is offered by the Movie or Cinema mode. Other possible avenues include looking into HDTV calibration, but unless you’ve had some prior training you’re perhaps better off sticking to small changes.

The above advice is by no means exhaustive, but once you’ve made sure your TV is performing to its optimum you still need to then make sure that it’s ideally situated to be seen from your preferred viewing position. HD TV often looks best when the TV itself is elevated onto a suitable wall, and for that you’re going to need some TV wall brackets. Here at 123Brackets, we pride ourselves on being the UK’s top brand for both TV brackets and TV stands. We have connections with all the major industry names, including Vogels and Ateca, and supply TV brackets suitable for all varieties of television. In fact if you already know the model of your TV, you can use the bracket finder situated on our homepage to view all our available options that are best suited to your needs. Why not visit the 123Brackets website today, and see whether or not we can make a difference to your viewing experience.

Try TV Wall Mounts For Better Saturday Night Viewing!

May 9, 2013
Posted in LCD TV Brackets — Written by Eric

Saturday night TV is back in full swing, with both The Voice and Britain’s Got Talent with a couple of weeks broadcasting firmly under their belts already. The domination of Saturday night TV has been a much valued thing throughout British television history, and competition between the BBC and ITV is as fierce as ever. It’s up to you to decide whether you’re a BBC or an ITV bunch, and whether you prefer Tom Jones to Simon Cowell, and people who can sing over animals that can’t.

Settling in for a Saturday night with friends and family around the TV is one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, and the best way to do it is with a take-away laid out and enough room for everyone to kick back, relax and enjoy the show. But with that many people crowded round, plus finding somewhere to put all the food, things can become a little cramped. TV wall brackets offer an inexpensive solution to maximise space for maximum entertainment. A TV bracket means you can mount your TV on the wall and free up even more floor space, perfect when you’re hosting the weekly viewing.

TV Brackets have actually been around for quite a while, but it’s only recently that they’ve made big strides into the home. Fixing your TV to the wall not only frees up space, but also relocates the TV to a much more natural eye level, and projects the sound into the centre of the room as opposed to the bottom third. With just a simple TV wall mount you can enhance your viewing experience considerably, not to mention it’s a fantastic stylistic choice for any room, ideal to complement’s equally stylish hair (bonus points if you can figure out how he does that ‘step’ thing!).

TV wall brackets represent an efficient and practical way to make even more space available to you in your own home. By wall mounting your screen you make a conscious, stylistic choice that has benefits beyond mere aesthetics, though whether you’ll want to hear some out-of-tune warbling even clearer than before is up to you!

Find the Right TV Bracket to Wall Mount your TV

May 1, 2013
Posted in TV brackets — Written by Eric

EastEnders and TV brackets were the real winners this Christmas

December 30, 2011
Posted in TV News — Written by Jeffrey

It has been revealed that EastEnders came out on top in the ratings ware for Christmas Day this year. Remarkably, this is the third year in a row that this has happened.

Overnight figures showed that 10.2 million viewers tuned in to the BBC soap at its peak, while Coronation Street and ITV had to settle for an audience of 9.9 million. The average for the former was 9.9 million with the latter drawing in 9.3 million.

The BBC’s George Entwistle, commenting on the figures, said:

“The breadth and quality of the BBC’s output has been really impressive across all genres and today’s figures are testament to that.”

However, despite the strong showing from the BBC, overall, ITV still managed to hold a strong position, with the Christmas special of Downton Abbey following the top two, with fourth place going to Doctor Who on BBC One.

Other programmes watched by British viewers on Christmas Day included The Queen’s Speech, Strictly Come Dancing and the return of 90s hit Absolutely Fabulous. ITV also had Emmerdale and All Star Family Fortunes to fall back on too.

Most of these popular TV shows will have been watched on flat screen televisions mounted onto the wall using TV brackets. These popular accessories ensure that viewers can get the most from their TV sets.

At Christmas-time, when TV viewing is at its peak, these wall mounts are great at letting the whole family see the screen and enjoy the day of top entertainment. If you don’t have them, you can order them online today.

Make getting TV wall brackets one of your New Year’s resolutions

December 29, 2011
Posted in TV bracket advice — Written by Eric

With New Year’s Eve now just a few days away, this is the ideal time to reflect and contemplate what you want to do differently next year. New Year’s resolutions are the ideal way to set personal goals and optimise your lifestyle.

One of the most popular pursuits is still watching TV, but there are still plenty of people out there who have never considered buying TV wall mounts for their flat panel TV. This may just be because they see it as too much trouble to wall-mount these expensive devices, or they might not fully understand all the benefits.

It is a shame if you have never considered the positives that TV wall brackets can bring to the TV viewing experience. You can free up so much more space in a room that could be used for an alternative purpose. But it is not just this reason as to why many have decided to opt for these handy little accessories.

Some varieties of wall bracket allow you the flexibility to move the display around until you get the most convenient angle. This is so much better than simply placing your TV on a table, which is not only much lower down but is not really as suitable for seeing the screen clearly. You would not expect to go to the cinema and look down at a screen placed on the floor. So make it a priority to invest in TV wall brackets and make 2012 a year to remember.

Screen sizes announced for Apple TV on TV brackets

December 28, 2011
Posted in TV News — Written by Ruth

It has been reported that the much-anticipated Apple television, which is due out at some point during the next year, is to be offered in both 32 and 37-inch screens.

The Washington Post has revealed that the “iTV” sets will be available between the second and third quarters of 2012.

Digitimes has claimed that “The displays of the new iTV sets will focus on 32- and 37-inch sizes initially, noted sources in the supply chain.”

Whenever Apple announces a new piece of gadgetry the world sits up and takes notice. This is bound to be no different with consumers eager to find out all the features and technological wizardry installed in these devices.

If this news is indeed true then it is certainly good news for those who like to mount their TVs on the wall using TV brackets. They will be pleased to find out that these two standard sizes have been chosen by Apple for the flagship machines.

What is not clear at this point is the naming of the television as iTV in the UK sounds the same as the broadcaster ITV, so it remains to be seen whether these reports have got inside information in this regard.

No matter what the Apple TV is finally called, what is expected of the device is Siri voice activated control to do such things as change channels, similar to the service enjoyed by iPhone 4S users.

Larger sets are bound to follow in due course, to appease the demands of home cinema consumers.

Loud TV ads and TV brackets

December 27, 2011
Posted in TV brackets — Written by Eric

There are many reasons why we buy TV brackets, but generally speaking, it isn’t so that we can see and hear the ads better. Despite this, many people are of the opinion that broadcasters whack up the volume when it’s the ad break – something they will generally deny.

However, in the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has felt it necessary to pass a new regulation requiring broadcasters to keep the volume for TV programmes and adverts equal.

FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, said:

“Most of us have … experienced this ourselves: You’re watching your favourite television program, or the news, and all of a sudden, a commercial comes on, and it sounds like someone turned up the volume — but no one did. Today, the FCC is quieting a persistent problem of the television age: loud commercials.”

The FCC has received 6,000 complaints about loud adverts since 2008. While this doesn’t sound like many, the gripe is supported by research from the Consumers’ Union, which found that the issue was a top grievance in 21 of its last 25 quarterly reports.

The new rule will apply to all broadcasters, be they cable, satellite or terrestrial, although unfortunately, it won’t be implemented until this time next year.

Until then, the FCC helpfully reminds people that they have a volume control on their remote control and that the mute button ‘is also useful to control excessively loud audio’.

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