TV brands are continually adding extra features to their latest models. If you’re a football fan, have limited space or want the newest thing, look out for these high-tech additions when you’re shopping for a new TV.
Some of the latest TV models are designed to be both a source of entertainment, and part of your room decorations. High-end TVs from brands like Samsung and LG come with a Gallery or Art Mode that let you enjoy stunning images and artwork from around the globe, without leaving the room.
Samsung, in particular, has made efforts to curate an electronic arts gallery that includes well-known pieces, and that helps you to discover new favourites. Spanning the classics to the contemporary, you can explore collections from world-renowned institutions like the V&A and Tate Modern.
Similarly, LG has worked with TripAdvisor to provide stunning pictures from across the globe. The images even come with mood-enhancing music, letting you enjoy both the look and atmosphere of the scenic vistas being displayed.
Football Mode is a new feature on some Samsung TVs that enhances the atmosphere, sound and view of the match. It’s perfect for die-hard fans who don’t want to miss a moment of the action.
This interactive feature gives you greater control of the picture, allowing you to zoom in, replay match highlights and get better views of referee decisions. With Football Mode on, the game appears much smoother and more fluid, making it easier to see what’s happening.
Sounds such as the crowd and the smack of the ball are enhanced to give the most authentic experience possible. If you don’t want to listen to the commentary, you now have the option to turn it off so you can focus on the game itself.
BUILT-IN DVD PLAYERS
Consider a TV with a DVD player built in (also known as a DVD combi) if you have limited floor space, or don’t want to buy an extra device that could clutter up your home. This feature is handy for bedrooms and kitchens, where you might have space for a TV, but nothing else. Likewise, it’s usually smaller screens that have this feature – screens over 40” are rare with an integrated DVD player.
Newer TVs with smart technology often have voice and motion control for better and more enjoyable interaction – particularly models from LG and Samsung.
Voice recognition lets you control your TV without having to use a remote, and motion controls allow you to swipe through menus, change volume levels, and zoom and rotate images.
Consider a DVD combi TV if you have limited space.
Many people like to connect their laptops, mobiles or tablets to their TV, to watch Netflix on a bigger screen, play games or look at photos with the family.
Seeing the screen of one device on another is called screen sharing, and can be achieved either through cables or wirelessly.
Many brands have their version of this, which works best (or only) with their own devices. However, some TVs support Miracast, which is the industry standard and works with a broader range of products.