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Guide to: Cables, Connectors and Formats

January 29th, 2014|

There is a vast and bewildering selection of connection methods available to connect together your TV and AV components. For instance: HDMI, DVI, Scart, Component Video, Composite Video, S-Video, Cat5, VGA, RCA, Coax, F-Type, UTP, STP, RJ45, BNC, RS232…. Do you know what they are for ? Do you use them ? Do you need [...]

Guide to Sky Services: Tips and advice

December 29th, 2013|

Sky ‘on demand’ services For those of you with the full Sky channel packages, did you know that you can independently access your channels on up to 2 mobile devices (eg ipad), for free, without having to pay another subscription. This could be useful in a spare room at home or anywhere in UK where [...]

Guide to flatscreen TV developments 2013

October 30th, 2013|

Latest developments in flatscreen TV - October 2013 Size: There's definitely a trend in TVs getting BIGGER. We have been installing many more 50- 55" TVs recently, as opposed to 42" being the average size over last few years. Although screen sizes are larger, these TVs still look relatively modest when mounted on living room [...]

Guide to: 4G LTE

May 29th, 2013|

As you may already know, 4G LTE (Long term Evolution) is going to significantly effect and improve mobile internet access. 4G LTE is the new fourth generation of wireless network technology that delivers broadband connections to mobile devices - it will provide greater bandwidth and super fast speeds of anything up to an eye-watering 100MB [...]

Sonos Multi-Room Audio

August 29th, 2012|

What is Sonos ? Sonos is primarily a music streaming product that plays tunes stored on your home network, PC/Mac, itunes, or content streamed from an internet service provider such as Napster/Rhapsody or Spotify. Sonos consists of a small amplifier that can be installed into single or multiple rooms and connected to speakers. The system [...]

Guide to: THE DIGITAL SWITCHOVER

February 29th, 2012|

As part of the digital switchover, The UK has been gradually switching to a digital terrestrial TV reception over the last few years. For our customers in London, Hertfordshire and Essex the switchover from analogue to digital will happen on 4th and 18th April 2012. Home Entertainment Direct offer a friendly, low fee, callout service [...]

Guide to 3DTV: what is it, how does it work and should you buy one.

February 29th, 2012|

Is now the right time to buy a 3D TV? 3D is one of the most interesting technology advances for the home but has had some very mixed reviews and reactions. There are a number of things to consider when you are thinking of buying a new 3DTV or wondering whether it is worth upgrading [...]

Guide to Smart TV

July 20th, 2011|

Most Smart TVs connect to the internet via an Ethernet port round the back of the TV or wirelessly to router via WiFi network Fancy streaming rental films directly to your TV without the hassle of visiting the rental store or posting DVD returns? How about surfing Google maps, sharing web photo albums or making [...]

Guide to Home Networking: Convergence of AV and IT

May 29th, 2011|

In the past, home networking simply meant the connection of a local PC to the internet via a router and a slow dial up service provider. Over the last few years there has been a dramatic the increase in access to high speed broadband services and the development of wireless technology. This has led to [...]

TV above fireplace Installation

May 20th, 2010|

There is a common misconception that Plasma/LCD TVs cannot be placed above fireplaces or wall mounted onto chimney breasts. However, when choosing an installation service from Home Entertainment Direct, you can be assured that we have a wealth of experience and expertise mounting TVs above fires. We can advise on height, structural and heat considerations, [...]