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Digital TV in India and TV brackets

December 26, 2011
Posted in TV brackets — Written by Ruth

We use TV brackets not only to save space in our rooms, but also to improve the TV viewing experience. Flat screens mean we can now mount our TVs on the wall, improving our view, but they also have a downside.

Bizarrely, this downside is the result of another strength. As a flat screen saves a lot of space, we can have much larger screens as well. This comes at a cost, because above a certain size, normal resolution loses sharpness. This is the main reason why high definition TV is becoming more common. On smaller screens, you can’t really see any improvement, but the larger the screen, the more important it becomes.

We can get high definition video from multiple sources. Blu-ray discs were one of the first ways of seeing HD footage, but now it is increasingly available via conventional TV services. However, it does require a digital signal. In India, this is being addressed by a new bill which will see the digitisation of cable services.

This will benefit both broadcasters and consumers. There could be more channels on offer as well as superior viewing. In India, where between 75 and 80 per cent of TV homes have cable, this will have a huge impact.

In a way, digital TV and TV brackets go hand in hand. They combine with flat screen TVs to provide a superior viewing experience.

LCD TV viewing angle can be addressed with TV brackets

December 25, 2011
Posted in TV brackets — Written by Jeffrey

3M have commissioned research into what consumers want from their LCD TVs. One of the findings was that people expect brightness and picture quality, no matter what the viewing angle. TV brackets allow you to rotate a TV screen to face wherever you want, but it is impossible for everyone to sit in the optimum viewing position when there are multiple viewers.

Las Vegas research firm, CBS Vision carried out the study which showed that older viewers were even more concerned about picture quality from different angles, expecting brightness and clarity regardless.

3M physicist Dave Lamb, the scientific adviser on the study, said:

“We wanted to understand how important wide-angle luminance — a combination of off-axis viewing and brightness — was to consumers, since this is something 3M technology enhances. This study shows that wide-angle luminance is very important, even if consumers are not initially aware of the measurement.”

It seems consumers don’t always realise that the way they watch an LCD TV has an impact on the image they see. Around 44 per cent of people were unaware that the viewing angle had an impact.

Even so, with 84 per cent of respondents saying that they view their TV from different angles, we can easily the importance of mobile TV brackets. Swivelling and cantilever brackets minimise the problems associated with viewing from an angle, as well as providing a better view in a more basic sense.

Cable TV in Canada and TV brackets

December 24, 2011
Posted in TV News — Written by Eric

Over the course of the last 12 months, it is estimated that around 100,000 Canadian homes have cancelled cable TV subscriptions. Does this reflect an overall reduction in desire to watch TV?

Not really. As well as still having access to free-to-air TV, these people are generally turning to online content in place of cable channels. Sales of TVs and TV brackets remain strong because people are still watching; they’re just getting their video content from elsewhere.

It’s also true that overall numbers of cable viewers remain strong. There are around 11.7m cable TV subscribers in Canada, so 100,000 cancellations represents less than one per cent.

All the same, with TV programmes and films available from an increasing number of online outlets, such as Netflix and Hulu, this could be a growing trend. Here in the UK, the BBC’s iPlayer is commanding an ever-greater proportion of the nation’s total viewing time and that’s hardly surprising when you think about it.

Internet TV has few drawbacks. Where once it was low quality – both in terms of the content and the picture – now you can easily get professionally made programming in high definition. Furthermore, you can watch it whenever you want. We are no longer bound by the TV schedules. If we hear from a friend or colleague that a particular programme is worth watching, we can simply find the series online and watch it from the start. We can watch multiple episodes in a night, pausing whenever we want.

TV brackets and what viewers look like

December 23, 2011
Posted in TV brackets — Written by Eric

In most homes, the TV is the centre of attention. Mounted on TV brackets in pride of place, it is the object that is looked at more than any other. However, a French photographer, Olivier Culmann, has spent several years recording what we viewers look like.

Culmann has trained his camera on TV watchers throughout the world, capturing the positions and facial expressions we adopt when indulging in this most common of pastimes. He says the aim was to try and capture the moment when people zoned out, becoming wholly absorbed by what they were watching, be it a film, soap opera or football match.

The people in his photos are in all sorts of positions, curled up on settees, in bed. They are sometimes alone, or with family or friends. However, whether they are in India or Mexico, all are transfixed.

The main challenge was to get the viewers to forget he was there, because he took the pictures himself rather than relying on automated technology. This demanded that he spend hours watching people watch TV until they relaxed and got sucked in.

There were other issues too. In Morocco, people wouldn’t let him into their house without giving him tea and he would sometimes spend a full day in a home before they could relax. Even then, many weren’t comfortable with being photographed. He said India was easiest because people liked being photographed and he would often be invited in after simply knocking on a door.

TV brackets in demand as Brits warm to online TV

December 22, 2011
Posted in TV News — Written by Ruth

TV viewing has been largely unaffected by the increasing availability of online TV. People like to sit comfortably if they’re watching TV for any length of time, so they favour the settee and a screen mounted on TV brackets over a laptop or similar device. However, now that internet TV is often accessible via the TV, overall viewing could actually increase.

A recent report has found that here in the UK, online viewing is proving more popular than in other major countries. The Ofcom report found that 27 per cent of UK internet users watched online TV each week, compared to 24 per cent in 2010. This was a higher proportion than in any other country surveyed. Services such as the BBC’s iPlayer have helped drive this.

The UK also saw significant growth in the use of digital video recorders. Over a third of homes now have one and only in the US do a greater proportion of the population make use of one.

TV viewing has therefore increased. The average Briton watches TV for slightly over four hours a day, about 31 minutes more than the average across the various countries surveyed.

We can expect this trend to continue with high speed broadband services becoming more common and thus allowing more people to stream TV programmes via the internet. It would seem that this is the future of television, with users finding different ways of watching programmes at a time that suits them, rather than watching them when they are broadcast.

TV brackets and increased viewing in the US

December 21, 2011
Posted in TV News — Written by Jeffrey

A recent study into US media habits has found that Americans watch 4h34m of TV a day, on average. This is a 10 minute increase on last year, perhaps reflecting the fact that the figures include all TV viewing, including via internet services, such as Netflix.

Internet TV is perhaps the biggest growth area in TV viewing. More and more people now have access to on-demand services on their normal TV set, meaning they can watch in comfort on a screen properly mounted on TV brackets rather than turning to their laptops or desktop PCs. This offers huge flexibility in the way we watch TV and people are adopting the new technology with enthusiasm.

There are now many different ways of accessing online video content on a conventional TV. It can be integrated into cable TV services or played via games consoles, such as Microsoft’s Xbox, which recently released an update to its Xbox-Live service which provides a more comprehensive TV offering.

One of the easiest ways of getting internet TV on your main screen is simply to plug your laptop into it and use it as a projector. Most laptops will automatically detect the screen if there is a connection. You can then play AVI files or the iPlayer or an equivalent and watch whatever you want. YouTube now has a number of channels featuring longer, professionally made programmes, so this is another good source of entertainment.

TV brackets and television viewing via games consoles

December 20, 2011
Posted in TV brackets — Written by Eric

Games consoles are really nothing more than computers built and packaged for playing games. These days, that fact is becoming more and more obvious as additional services are provided. Perhaps chief among these is access to internet TV. It allows people to watch on-demand programming from their settee on a large screen mounted on TV brackets. This is much more convenient than using a laptop or desktop PC and so this feature of modern games consoles is becoming ever more popular.

Internet TV can be accessed via the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Wii and according to a recent survey conducted by Nielsen, it is increasingly common for people to do so. Around 14 per cent of the usage of the Xbox 360 is now accounted for by TV viewing compared to 10 per cent a year ago. 15 per cent of PS3 usage is for video streaming, while 33 per cent of Wii usage is for TV. The Xbox and PS3 figures do not include paid downloads, which account for a further five per cent of total usage time.

This means that games consoles are actually the most popular way to watch high-definition TV. Ailing TV networks will be taking note and attempting to establish deals to get their content accessible.

The online streaming service Netflix is doing particularly well out of games console owners, which account for half of its user base. The PS3 and Xbox are also DVD players and in fact the PS3 is also considered the best-selling Blu-ray player as well.

TV brackets for security and viewing pleasure

December 19, 2011
Posted in TV bracket advice — Written by Eric

Most people these days have a flat screen television and this is usually the focal point of their lounge and certainly the most prized part of their entertainment system.

And that’s why, at this time of year, if you haven’t got them sorted already, you need to organise your TV brackets. It’s extremely important that you ensure that your television can be securely mounted before you get into the Christmas season fully.

During Christmas, the family seems to get a lot more active. For a start, you have more people at your house; you may have all of your family and close friends round on the big day itself and there will inevitably be games involved.

If this is the case though, it’s essential that you get your TV brackets sorted. With so many people around, your television is more at risk of being knocked and if it is not properly secured, then you might find yourself without your beloved centre piece of your entertainment system.

As well as keeping your television secure, TV brackets can also improve the viewing experiences of you and your guests and that’s why it’s essential you get this sorted before the festive period really kicks in.

A new TV and TV brackets for Christmas

December 18, 2011
Posted in TV brackets — Written by Jeffrey

Buying a new television is really exciting and plenty of people are doing it at this time of year. This is the time of year when people decide to invest in a plasma TV or a LCD or LED television, so that they can really sit back and watch some festive viewing in style.

There’s nothing better than gathering the family around your new television and settling down to watch some Christmas films. But this can only be done if your television is correctly mounted and for this, you need TV brackets.

It’s important that you invest in TV brackets, because it is these that will help to keep your television safe and secure. With the help of the right TV brackets, you can ensure that your television is properly mounted, so that it is not likely to get damaged or broken. But as well as this, the right TV bracket can help you to have an even better viewing experience. For example, by choosing a cantilever bracket, you can mount your television in a corner and there are plenty of other options too.

This is the perfect time to choose a new television for your home, but remember that you always need the TV brackets to match.

YouTube and TV brackets

December 17, 2011
Posted in TV brackets — Written by Ruth

We’ve previously looked at how YouTube’s new long form offerings won’t negate the need for TV brackets, but there’s more to the development than that. Yes, YouTube is increasingly available on home TVs via all manner of modern gadgets and gizmos, but the easy access to it may have another effect.

YouTube’s 100 premium channels change the face of TV broadcasting. It means that programming is no longer a geographic thing. Someone in New Zealand or Fiji can watch the same things as someone in Wales or Guatemala.

This means much more content – a world of content, in fact. It also means watching what you want, when you want to, which is a huge advantage for the viewer.

It may also lead to better entertainment. This is not simply because you can find new, better programmes, but also because there is more competition. Any broadcaster who produces a great series can reap greater reward, so there is more incentive to get things right. Equally, make something lacklustre and it is likely to get lost in the ocean of choice.

The barriers for entry are also lower. YouTube already has its stars, but as technology has improved, home-made video has improved too. It’s possible to make something reasonably professional at minimal cost. Furthermore, if you make something good, it will now be available through people’s TVs, not just via their PCs and laptops, meaning you can potentially command a much larger audience. All of this could be good news for viewers in the future.

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