Sunday, May 19, 2013

Casual Tech User 3: (Part 2) Avoid Mistakes, Plan Before You Buy New TV; Simple TV vs. Home Theater Setup


This is the second episode in a series discussing many of the unexpected problems that might develop throughout the process of purchasing a new TV. Taking the time to understand your needs vs. wants and developing criteria any purchase must meet will help to save frustration and unexpected, budget-busting surprises.

Topics in this episode include:
  • Simple TV setup vs. home theater environment
  • Terrestrial antennae for local channels
  • Basic cable/satellite service
  • Additional cable/satellite costs;
    • HD channel package
    • DVR equipment
    • Premium movie package
  • Internet service
    • Wired connection
    • Wi-Fi equipment
  • Additional equipment
    • Blu-ray DVD
    • Cable/Satellite box
    • Gaming console
    • Apple TV or Roku

Contact your local cable and satellite providers for packages and pricing.

Here are some links to help you plan your purchase.

Dolby.com: Home Theater Setup

This Old House.com: Setting Up a Home Theater

HomeTheater.About.com: Top 10 Home Theater Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Techterms.com: DVR (definition)

DVR.about.com: Just 5 of the reasons a DVR should be your next CE purchase

Apple.com: Apple TV

Roku.com: Roku 3


CNET: Are TV extended warranties worth it?



Flipboard

The Flipboard app on my iPad and iPhone is one of my favorites I access almost everyday, if not several times during the day. A new feature is Flipboard magazine. The new magazine feature allows the user to create a content-sharing format which can be private or shared publicly with other readers.

I’m using the Casual Tech User Flipboard magazine I created to collect and share articles of interest for the casual tech consumer.  Flipboard.com offers insight into the various features.

My Links:

In addition to Casual Tech User.com, you can find me and subscribe:








Thanks for listening.




Thursday, May 9, 2013

Casual Tech User 2: Avoid Mistakes, Plan Before You Buy New TV


This is the first episode in a series discussing many of the unexpected problems that might develop throughout the process of purchasing a new TV.

In this episode of the Casual Tech User, I begin to discuss how planning can help you avoid unexpected costs.

Taking the time to understand your needs vs. wants and developing criteria any purchase must meet will help to save frustration and unexpected, budget-busting surprises. 

Cost factors included in this episode include:
  • Delivery and setup charges
  • Installation, electrical and cabling charges
  • Furniture issues and added expenses
  • Ambient light problems
  • Recycling the old TV

Here are some links to help you plan your purchase.



CNET TV Buying Guide (October 2012)







Or, search for a specific topic or question. You’ll find plenty of links.


Flipboard

The Flipboard app on my iPad and iPhone is one of my favorites I access almost everyday, if not several times during the day. A new feature is Flipboard magazine. The new magazine feature allows the user to create a content-sharing format which can be private or shared publicly with other readers.

I’m using the Casual Tech User Flipboard magazine I created to collect and share articles of interest for the casual tech consumer.  Flipboard.com offers insight into the various features.

My Links:

In addition to Casual Tech User.com, you can find me and subscribe:








Thanks for listening.