Posts Tagged ‘freesat’

Samsung televisions just got even smarter

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Samsung have released their latest range of smart televisions, and they really are smart. If you enjoy being ahead of the crowd with your technology, and love gadgets then these televisions are definitely something you should consider purchasing. Go-Electrical currently have three ranges available to purchase online; the F6500, the F7000 and the F8000. Let’s take a further look…

These new Samsung televisions have full HD pictures, built-in Freesat and Freeview HD and have all been designed to with the optimisation of the screen in mind – they also have 3D capabilities, just put on a pair of Samsung’s 3D glasses. The featured Dual Core Processor means faster connections, multi-tasking and fast downloads, and with built-in WiFi there is no need for any unsightly cables or wires. Keep reading to learn about some of the key features that these Samsung F6500, F7000 and F8000 televisions have to offer.


Smart Hub – This means immediate access to your favourite content; as soon as the television has been switched on the ‘On TV’ panel is displayed. Select from one of five options; Movies & TV, Photos, Video & Music, Social and Apps.

S Recommendation – This clever feature with ‘Voice Interaction’ suggests new things to watch depending on your likes and viewing habits. The television can respond to your voice to find you suitable live TV and on-demand services. ‘S Recommendation’ is so clever that it even recognises what time of day it is, so that young children cannot access inappropriate material which is usually shown after the watershed.

Smart Evolution – These Samsung televisions are “future ready”. That means that by using a ‘Smart Evolution kit’, Samsung have ensured that the television can be updated every year, for up to four years. This kit is inserted into the back of the television and will renew the televisions features and speeds. Now that is clever!

Smart View – With Smart View it is possible to turn a Samsung compatible smartphone or tablet into another television screen. Connect the mobile device to the home network and go from room to room. Very handy if it is bath time but there is a programme on that can’t be missed!

Other key features include:

Catch up service – full catch up service from BBC iplayer, ITV, 4OD and Demand 5

Motion control* – wave, swipe and use hand gestures to control the television

Integrated camera* – face recognition and great for Skype, the camera recognises the motion control gestures too.

Samsung App Store – quick and easy to download games, lifestyle apps and kids apps designed specifically for Samsung.

Micro Dimming Ultimate* – new technology controls colour, contrast and other picture quality details

Soundshare – wireless sound is available by synchronising compatible sound bar and docking products via Bluetooth connections

Two tuners* – watch one channel and record another, or watch two programmes by using Samsung’s ‘picture in picture’ feature

Features marked * may not be available with all available models.

 To find out more about the new Samsung LED TV range and specific models visit the Go-Electrical website now. 



The big switch over

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

TV is going digital. The existing analogue TV signal will be switched off and replaced with a new, stronger digital TV signal. It will mean that almost everyone will be able to receive digital TV through an aerial. You may have already been through this changeover, but some areas are still awaiting the arrival of Digital TV.

Yorkshire TV region – Switchover starts from: 3 August 2011

Meridian TV region – Switchover starts from: 8 Feb 2012

London TV region – Switchover starts from: 4 April 2012

UTV region – Switchover starts in: 2012

Tyne Tees TV region – Switchover starts in: 2012

Digital TV uses less broadcast space than analogue which means that there is more space for new services such as wireless broadband, local TV and High Definition Television. To keep your TV service, you will need to convert your TVs to digital before your area’s switchover date and by doing this you will receive not only your existing channels, but many more too.

Switching is easy, and can be done by just connecting a digital box to your existing TV. Remember though, that if you have more than one television you will have to consider all of them, and any TV equipment you may also have. This means that if you like to record TV programmes, and watch them later, you will need ensure that you get a digital TV recorder like a Sky+ or Freeview+ box.

Go-Electrical has a number of set-top boxes available so you can get Digital ready. The Humax Foxsat HDR (£143.40) provides a perfect (and cheaper) alternative to SKY+HD. It has an easy to navigate user interface and wide range of channels both of standard and high definition.  The HDMI port allows you to view High Definition channels in all their glory on a HD Ready TV.

A great recorder is the Sharp PVR TUTV322H (£163.90). With this great box, you can record up to 160 hours of tv, and it also has Top-up-TV compatibility which expands your viewing options. It combines Freeview+, a twin tuner and software that allows you to record two programmes simultaneously, and watch a pre-recorded one all at the same time! The box is simple and ‘one touch recording’ is the main feature – it is so easy to set it so that the whole series of your favourite show can be recorded.

If you have any questions about the Digital Switchover you can email us on or you can visit the Digital Switchover website – which is brimming with advice and information.

Product Of The Week

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

With the World Cup in South Africa kicking off in less than a months time and HD TV really becoming a standard for viewing I’ve been playing Humax’s offering for viewing HD content  via Freesat the FOXSAT system.

As a subscription free view way to view HD and record it cannot be faulted! A twin tuner allows you to record and watch upto 2 channels simultaneously and then store them on the 320gb hard drive which allows about 200 hours of standard definition and 100 hours of high definition recording which is plenty.

A notable and truly wonderful feature is the ability copy shows from the hard drive onto a memory stick and then watch them on your computer (with the right software). A feature rarely seen on recorders and in an age where netbooks are becoming ever more popular and laptops coming with HDMI support it’s a blessing, sadly this is on available with standard definition recording due to copyright but nether the less still a great feature.

The user interface  is second to none and is extremely simple to use with recording completed with a few button presses. The layout is simple but gets across all the information you need and playback of what you have recorded is just as simple.

Currently only 2 HD channels exist on Freesat BBC HD and ITV HD and more a being launched over 2010 and 2011 will be the key to it’s success.

Most importantly the picture quality is stunning  in both standard and high definition I’ve had it running on a Sharp LC46LE700 and the picture was crisp, colours were sharp and sound clear. This was all run off the HDMI cable included in the box a very nice touch.

Quite frankly I can watch the BBC HD preview channel all day as it is stunning and I have recently thoroughly enjoyed the re runs of life the quality that you get from HD just makes you feel as if you are on Niue Island swimming with the Niuean sea snake. The world cup is also going to be broadcast in HD a prospect which has really got me going, because once you watch a programme in HD you can’t go back!

In the box is also included are a remote, HDMI cable, batteries, CD user manual and a scart lead ( a bit of an odd inclusion seeing as this box is built mainly for HD).

Over the years what has really got to me is the ridiculous amount of packaging with electrical items a) because it is a real nuisance disposing of it and b) it is a massive drain on our environment. In this department Humax scores highly with simple easily polythene covering the box and accessories and cardboard to hold it all together.

I have had this system in my living room for about a month now and it is fantastic. So easy to use I’ve even shown relatives who struggle to operate even the simplest of technology know how to record and playback. Personally my favourite function of this machine is the ability to transfer media to my laptop albeit a little complicated to get going but now it’s an absolute breeze.

For those wanting HD broadcasts but no recorder Humax have also done standalone HD receiver with no hard drive or twin tuner.

In about one year I will have made up the difference between the cost of the box and my old sky subscription. I miss the sports channels but that’s what pubs were made for!