Shepley Magazine Feature

The good people of Shepley are restarting the village magazine and being born and raised there, it is going to be a real pleasure to be involved.  There aren't many people I don't know in some capacity in the village and I hope they make the link between my history living there and what I can do to help them in 2018.  The magazine will be distributed to every household three times a year.

Below is a draft of the article I've submitted which is a collaboration of content produced in various articles already.  It may whet the appetite for more information:

SHOPPING FOR A NEW SMART TV WITH GADGET CLUB

Gadgets and technology can be scary and complicated at times.  Particularly when you are looking to modernise your home products and systems.  Customers often select or are sold unsuitable, incompatible or incorrect products for their needs which can be frustrating and expensive.

Buying a new television is daunting and it pays to get it right first time.  If you are thinking about taking your first steps into the world of smart TV, here’s a handy starter guide:

WHAT SIZE TV SHOULD I BUY?

1.     Measure the distance in inches from where you want the TV to be, to where the majority will sit (if appropriate you can make an arc as if drawing with a compass to take in other armchair locations);

2.     Divide this measurement by 2 to get an approximate ideal screen size;

3.     If the measurement falls between two TV dimensions round UP to the next available screen size.

This will keep you pretty close to the dimensions that is right for you - the TV definitely won’t be too small, but it may also save you a few pounds in avoiding the sell up size.  

WHAT IS 4K AND DO I NEED IT?

A pixel is the smallest unit of a digital image or graphic that can be displayed and represented on a display.  Resolution is the image quality displayed on a screen.

For shopping purposes, 4K, also known as Ultra HD (High Definition), or UHD, refers to a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. That’s four times the 1,920 x 1,080 pixels found in an original full HD TV.  More pixels mean a clearer, better defined, more life-like picture.  A common description is as if looking through a window rather than watching TV.  Here’s what you need to know:

1.     4K, Ultra HD or UHD are the same thing for the purposes of buying a television;

2.     You will see an improved picture regardless of the type of TV you watch;

3.     However, for a full 4K experience you will need either a TV box subscription service with add-ons;

4.     Or a fast internet connection with a streaming service like Netflix or Amazon;

5.     Any new 4K boxes need connecting with a HDMI 2.0 cable.

WHAT IS A SMART TV?

A smart TV is an internet-connected television that offers a range of online features, such as on-demand content from apps like BBC iPlayer and 4OD, access to streaming services like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime video.  In smart TV, the software is pre-loaded, and your television will have a user interface that is more like a computer than an old style TV guide.  A smart TV has 5 main functions:

1.     Access to TV content streamed via the internet;

2.     Freedom to watch programmes as and when you choose;

3.     To surf the internet on your TV;

4.     To use Apps like you would your smart phone;

5.     Plug in USB or storage devices to show movies and photos or access content stored in the            cloud.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1.     A reasonably fast broadband connection;

2.     An unlimited data broadband package;

3.     A TV licence for BBC iPlayer.

The good news is if your TV is a little older, 4K and Smart are standard on most new sets.  This means you are sure to see a better picture and more features than ever before.  Smart TVs vary significantly in quality dependant on the type of screen, lighting (HDR) and connectivity so it’s worth consulting reviews or an expert to be sure you are getting the right TV for you at the right price.  If you found this introduction useful you can see the full articles at www.gadgetclub.co.uk/blog.

Fingers crossed the good people of Shepley think about customer service and about shopping locally!