Archive for the ‘TVs’ Category

What the heck is HDR TV?

June 15th, 2016 by

The Next Big Thing™ in TV display technology is HDR, or High Dynamic Range, with many of 2016’s newest TVs having this as their primary point of difference from the previous generation. Here’s our short and simple guide to exactly what HDR is, what it means to your TV, and what to look for if you’re thinking of making the upgrade: What is HDR, exactly? HDR stands for High ... Read more

Apartment living horror stories – how to handle common problems

May 4th, 2016 by

More and more of us are living in apartments, units, flats, terrace homes and other high-density housing. Living in such close proximity to other human beings comes with its share of challenges, from enduring the yapping of the dog downstairs, to the “balcony rain” when someone up above you waters their plants. source: Adam.J.W.C. on Wikimedia Commons But some of the frustrations that come from apartment living can ... Read more

Top 5 features from TCL’s 2016 TVs

May 2nd, 2016 by

TCL's 2016 TV range has been designed to help you easily enjoy all kinds of entertainment at home, from movies on disc or USB, to streaming TV from Netflix! Here's a run down of our 5 favourite features from the 2016 TCL TV range: Black Crystal Display The Black Crystal display panels found in the latest TCL TVs use a hard coating system to reduce the amount of reflection ... Read more

The age of the Betamax is over – a retrospective

November 11th, 2015 by

Sony Japan has announced that as of March 2016, it will cease production of cassette tapes for the Betamax. If your reaction to reading that was "wait, is Betamax still a thing?", apparently it was, but won’t be for much longer. And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, read on: A brief history of the Format Wars Know, o reader, that before the age of the Smart ... Read more

Netflix vs Stan vs Presto vs Quickflix vs Foxtel Play

September 17th, 2015 by

Ever since Netflix arrived in Australia, and with the continued growth of Internet-connected TVs (aka Smart TVs) more and more people are signing up to a wide range of movie and TV streaming services. Samsung UA50JU6400 50" 127cm 4K Ultra HD Smart LED LCD TV You may have already heard of the most popular services; Netflix, Stan, Presto, Foxtel Play and Quickflix. Now that we have a wide ... Read more

What can you watch on a 4K TV?

September 4th, 2015 by

It is a truth universally acknowledged that with every new advancement in TV technology, there must also come a matching form of recording media. Digital TV had DVDs, Full HD TVs had Blu-ray discs, and 3D TVs had 3D Blu-rays. Samsung UA40JU6400 40" 101cm 4K Ultra HD Smart LED LCD TV But what about the 4K Ultra HD TVs that offer four times the pixels and detail as ... Read more

Busting the myths – how pet owners can save money on electricity bills

July 17th, 2015 by

Do domestic cats and dogs really need the lights, radio and TV left on for comfort when their owners are away? We spoke to Belrose veterinarian Dr John Thirlwell to bust some myths and set the record straight for pet owners. source: JKehoe_Photos on Flickr According to Dr Thirlwell, owners leave lights, radio, television and heaters/coolers on for their pets out of guilt because they think their cat or ... Read more

TV in the bedroom – pros and cons

July 6th, 2015 by

Because TVs are available in all shapes and sizes, they can be easily set up pretty much anywhere in the home. As well as the living room, you can place a TV in the man cave, the study or spare room, in the kitchen, or other more unusual places. source: K.savva.developers on Wikimedia Commons One popular spot for an extra TV is the bedroom. But is this a good ... Read more

How to make your home theatre more like the movies

June 29th, 2015 by

Going to the movies is fun, but it’s not always the most economical night out. Think about it  - you’re going out to stand in a line, then squeeze into a dark room with a mob of strangers for two hours. Is that really worth the ticket prices? source: wikipedia Here’s our guide to recreating the cinema experience in your very own home, where you can control the ... Read more

How to find a lost remote control

June 17th, 2015 by

Picture this: You’re settling in for a lazy evening at home. You’ve ordered some takeaway, got a few relaxing drinks standing by, and tossed some extra-comfortable cushions onto your couch in preparation for a prolonged sitting session.  Only one thing is missing… Where’s the TV remote? You swear you had it just a second ago. The TV is on, its volume still turned obnoxiously loud from the other ... Read more

Life hacks – Simple solutions for how to clean your TV screen

May 21st, 2015 by

We all know how annoying it is having finger prints, smudges and other oily marks impairing the TV Screen while you're watching your favourite show. Our advice to avoid unwanted grimy distractions - TV screens should be cleaned on a regular basis for the best viewing experience. [caption id="attachment_32222" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image courtesy of phanlop88 at[/caption] You should also try to keep them dust free, as dust can ... Read more

Buying Guide: What is the best TV for me?

May 19th, 2015 by

Do you use your TV to recreate the cinema experience at home?  Prefer to kick back with a sitcom after work?  Or is the TV mostly for keeping the kids entertained? source: wikipedia Whatever your household, you'll want a TV that's been designed and built with the right features and specifications to suit your particular unique needs. Here are a few popular ways to enjoy a TV, along with ... Read more

Life hacks – Top tips on how to keep your cables clean throughout your home theatre system

May 14th, 2015 by

At Appliances Online we have a huge catalogue of home theatre products, each of which can be put together to create the perfect home entertainment experience. You can simulate a grandstand with surround sound, or create a home movie den with the latest visual technology. But this can all come with the downside of knotted cables, cords and plugs. Not matter how nice your setup is, the spaghetti-like tangle ... Read more

The Internet of Things is here – But will we have too much on our plate?

May 9th, 2015 by

It was just before midday yesterday when Ash, our Data Specialist here at Appliances Online, sent round an email about a new Kickstarter project called the SmartPlate. What is the SmartPlate you ask? A plate that is Smart? Well yes, I guess so, and it’s not much different to the smart family you're no doubt already aware of, such as the smart watch and smart TV. The SmartPlate ... Read more

The Perfect NetFlix Companion

May 2nd, 2015 by

Unless you have been tucked away in your home without a WiFi connection or access to the TV, you will no doubt have heard about the arrival of NetFlix to Australia. NetFlix was born way back in 1997, and for many years was restricted to American viewers only. This lead to thousands of users seeking software that could trick NetFlix into thinking they were in America. The ... Read more