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.

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Thanks for listening.




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