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What you need to Make the Most out of your Cable TV Service


Cable TV Service

By Anne Ahira

Many homes around the world have access to dozens of channels thanks to their subscribed cable TV service.

While these cable TV services strive to bring quality content to their customers, the full benefits of having cable TV cannot be fully utilized if only basic equipment is set up and cable TV services unfortunately do not provide these pieces of equipment, but there are lots of items being offered in that can greatly improve the experience with the cable TV service.


Here are some of the items that are worth getting along with some tricks to maximize whatever is purchased.

A Nice High-definition TV

Many cable companies offer some of the most popular channels in full high definition. Any standard TV cannot take advantage of the better image quality and extra HD widescreen content that some programs offer.

Only a good TV with the full 1080p specification ensures that cable TV service programs are broadcasted with the best quality possible. Many of the latest TVs coming from popular brands like Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, etc. have improved speakers for better sound quality.

A Good Pair of Speakers

Every cable TV service offers a few movie channels where good movies are shown and some of these movies can be packed with a lot of action and suspense hinting the need for a better pair of speakers to make the experience livelier. It is often best to get the same brand of speakers as the TV for convenient setup.

A Properly Configured TV Setup

Many of the latest HDTVs are driven with a very friendly user interface that allows channels not only to be programmed, but also labeled for easy reference. After getting the new HDTV, it is best to label all of the available channels using any TV guide provided by your cable TV service as reference.

The various picture settings should also be adjusted as it may improve the quality for some channels. Also explore any preset modes to improve the experience of some themed channels like sports or movies.

A Decent Digital Video Recorder

A digital video recorder is an optional component that lets people record their favorite TV segments. TiVo offers a good lineup of these digital video recorders including mid-range to higher-end models capable of recording HD segments. If the digital video recorder will be used often, get devices that have larger disk capacities for more hours to be recorded.

Some digital video recorders alike the TiVo TCD658000 HD XL are THX Certified for excellent video and sound when the content is played back. This particular model also has the unique feature to record two shows simultaneously.

All of the popular channels offered by a local cable TV service are finding new ways to bring the freshest content to subscribers and only those that are already properly set up with the latest TV and DVR devices get the full advantage making the monthly subscriptions more than worth the cost.

Finding a Quality HD Plasma TV


HD Plasma TV

By Anne Ahira

HD plasma TV models have been up against their ordinary LCD and LED counterparts for several years. What is amazing is that these plasma TVs are still in the market because of their advantages.

Just because the determination to get an HD plasma TV finally triggers doesn’t mean that any model can be purchased to ensure the best experience ever.

Some of the seemingly best HD plasma TV displays may not even be affordable. Here are some tips on how to get a quality HD plasma TV.

Determine the Size Needed

Large HDTVs are always a good thing and plasma models may be the best bet when it comes to larger screens, but it is important to survey the area where the TV will be placed to see if it will fit. Also if the entire purpose of getting a large HD plasma TV is solely for getting the best resolution possible, there is no need to get a very large screen.

There are some plasma displays that are available that are 32 inches and bear the full 1080p specification required for viewing high definition content. A good fact that is worth remembering is that most 32-inch plasma TVs are cheaper than LCD TVs of the same size. Larger screens still help emphasize the HD resolutions better.

Select a Good Brand

Plasma TVs in the past saw some problems such as the increased energy consumption compared to ordinary televisions and the burn-in problems that affect the picture display.

Manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Panasonic, and Sanyo implemented some technologies that remedy these problems including the Motion Logo technology that fixes the burn-in issues. Cell designs are also improved to decrease energy usage. The phosphorus gas that powers the plasmas also increased in quality as well.

Panasonic along with other makers decided to go the environmental route by eliminating the dependency on lead since it is viewed as a harmful pollutant to the environment. Instead, phosphorus gas was ionized to make them eco-friendly as well as give added boosts to some of the specs such as refresh rates.

Other Specifications to Look For

Every HDTV has a contrast ratio and some of the available HD plasma TVs boast contrast ratios in large numbers making it very tempting to pick up. For best quality, try to find an HD plasma TV that has a contrast ratio of at least 2,000,000:1. This makes it more suitable for group audiences to enjoy presentations and movies.

For better connectivity, it is also recommended to find a plasma TV that has the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certification. No matter what brand the TV represents, HD wireless connectivity will always be a feature along with other special features like a digital comb filter, integrated digital tuner, and progressive span.

It is a good time to get an HD plasma TV since they have been around for awhile and just about all of the modern plasma TVs have fixed the major issues in the past which is why plasma TVs are still actively being sold in a variety of sizes.