Archive for May, 2010

May 10th, 2010

Samsung’s Internet@TV and Yahoo Widgets Explained

Some of the TV widgets available

Browse the net with Samsung… From your telly!

Samsung have teamed up with Yahoo to bring about a revolution in television viewing by bringing Samsung customers Internet@TV.  The content service is available on Samsung’s latest 8000 and 7000 Series LED TVs, with  wired and more importantly a Wi-Fi connection option there’s incredible convenience and flexibility with this new technology.  What’s more, it’s free!

The widgets appear on demand along a scrollbar across the bottom of the televisions screen with direct access to on-screen content from Yahoo!, Flickr and YouTube.

The Yahoo widget library – A growing resource

Samsung has pre-installed a number useful widgets for you the viewer to get started with, but this is in no way a closed book.  Samsung customers will be able to customise their widget portfolio and enjoy a growing library of applications to download as the widget development kit becomes more available to programmers and content providers.

It’s all about you! Weather reports can be localised, and stock and share information can be prioritised, so that your important and relevant information can be accessed rapidly without having to sift through your less used widgets each time.

The Yahoo Widget library now contains more than 4,000 different applications, the latest and most notable being the BBC-iPlayer allowing you to plan your programming with more freedom than ever before

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How to use your Internet@TV remote control

Samsung Internet@TV Remote Control Instructions

1. Press the Internet button to start Internet@TV.
You can also press the Menu button and select Internet@TV from the application

2. Use the cursor to select a widget.

3. The colored buttons on the remote each have different functions that correspond to the on-screen menu as follows:
– Red button: Close the widget
– Green button: Change the widget’s setting
– Yellow button: Add the snippet in the snippet dock
– Blue button: Size the video to fit, or enlarge it to full-screen

4. Return to the previous menu in each widget.

5. Return to TV mode
Turn off Internet@TV

Want to learn more about Internet@TV?

If you want to learn more about how Internet@TV and Yahoo widgets actually works in practice why not watch our video below.

May 10th, 2010

How 3D TV Actually Works – Technology Explained!

How 3DTV Actually Works, Technology Explained!

3D TV Why Now?

3D TV certainly isn’t new, most of us have experienced the ritual of donning cheap polarised rather dorky cardboard (showing my age here!) or plastic glasses to watch the latest action flick at the cinema.  The actual technology though goes back much further to the 1920’s.  Television manufacturers have though been inspired by the more recent success of 3D movies at the cinema with films like Beowulf.  The home entertainment industry is set on making 3D TV the next big thing in your living room and all the major consumer electronics companies like Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Sharp, LG, Philips and Sony are getting in on the action.

A more pressing technical reason for the delay in 3DTV was the low response (the time it takes a pixel to change from black to white and back again) or refresh rate of televisions.  Up until relatively recently televisions screens achieved this at anything from 50-100Hz a second.  Plasma televisions typically boast a much faster response rate than LCD and LED TV’s.  The faster the response times the less light is lost between frame changes, hence reducing ‘cross-talk ’ (image blurring and ghosting).  Such are the advances in this area that Panasonic have launched a range of 600Hz televisions.

Finally, there is the matter of content!  3D Blu-ray players have been developed alongside the 3D TV’s and 3D Blu-ray movies are on their way thanks to Hollywood.  Also, importantly, satellite broadcaster SKY have launched a 3D subscription channel.

What do I need to watch 3D TV?

• A 3D-ready TV (40″ plus and 1080p, you know this makes sense already!)
• 3D glasses
• A subscription to Sky 3DTV Service
• A 3D Blu-ray player and a few 3D Blu-ray movies

The principles of 3D TV and how it works

We perceive depth because the right eye and the left eye are in different locations and each eye captures an ever so slightly different image.  The brain processes the two different images into a single image enabling us to focus and perceive the world around us with a sense of depth.

The central principle behind 3D TV is exactly the same – two different images are displayed and then shown to the left eye and right eye.  The footage shown to the eyes is recorded from two slightly different perspectives, either from two different cameras, or a camera with two lenses.

This footage is then interlaced into one image and broadcast to 3D-ready TVs which are then able to polarise (separate) the original 3D broadcast back into separate images.  They appear on the screen as blurred images – but when viewed through 3D glasses, the separate images are directed to either the right eye or left eye, creating the impression of depth.

How 3DTV Actually Works

Is there an industry standard for 3DTV?

It feels like we’ve been here before… Currently there is no industry wide standard for 3D TV’s and as such there may be some compatibility issues between different hardware.  Therefore how future proof an early purchase may be might only surface with time, that’s not to say you shouldn’t get stuck in!  There is though thankfully a defined standard with 3D Blu-ray.

High definition and Blu-ray did though manage to sort things out fairly quickly and the influence of the broadcasters of 3D (currently only Sky)  are sure to provide some leadership.  If in doubt, ask us, we have our ear close to the ground!

What are the different 3DTV standards?

There are currently several different formats being employed to produce 3D television although the basic principles are the same, the methods of recording, displaying and watching the content differ.

3DTV Formats

Anaglyphic 3D

Many people associate 3D with a pair of cardboard red/cyan (a kind of greenish colour) tinted glasses and legendary movies like Jaws 3D.  This format is called anaglyphic 3D and up until quite recently this was the most popular way to create 3D content.

Anaglyphic 3D  is created by filming in two different coloured layers – usually red and cyan, these images are filmed slightly offset from the actual image focused on.   The viewer when wearing the filtered glasses sees a differently coloured image in each eye.  However, the viewers brain is tricked into thinking the coloured layers are as one, thus creating an added sense of depth and creating the 3D image.

This form of 3D viewing is now largely obsolete.  Common problems with the format included poor image quality, blurring and even motion sickness in extreme cases.

Polarisation 3D

The polarisation format will be instantly familiar to anyone who has been to see a 3D movie at the cinema of lately.  These grey tinted, plastic glasses are much more substantial.

The general principles are the same as for the anaglyphic 3D format as two slightly different images are seen by each eye, assembled by the brain into one image creating a sense of depth.  The way of achieving this though is very different.  These glasses work by allowing each eye to see differently polarised light.  For example, light polarised in one direction will be seen by the left eye and light polarised in the other by the right.

The Sky’s 3D TV subscription channel launched earlier this year uses this format.

Alternate Frame Sequencing

The frame sequential format is already the accepted standard for 3D Blu-ray.  This format  requires a pair of active shutter glasses to deliver it’s 3D content.

In this format the footage is recorded by two cameras (or a single dual lensed camera) and is then placed next to each other on a ‘strip’ of film, following this it is displayed frame-by-frame in an alternating order.  The active shutter glasses are synchronised with the television through an infra-red signal and rapidly blink on and off to play to back images alternatively to the viewers eyes at a rate of 50 frames per second.

The majority of new 3D TV’s come with one or two pairs of active shutter glasses.  These glasses are typically designed to be brand specific although Panasonic and Samsung are interchangeable.  These glasses are primarily designed for watching 3D Blu-ray content.  These glasses are also quite a lot more expensive and require a power source to drive the LCD shutters, usually via a USB port on the television.  Some viewers have complained of warm eyes after prolonged use from these early models.


The future of 3DTV…

Of course the future for 3D television is the development of technology that doesn’t require glasses at all.  Such technology is refered to as auto-stereoscopic.  Philips has led development of this format but a commercial version is said to be more than five years away.

May 10th, 2010

Now Stocking Blomberg Kitchen Appliances!

Bloomberg Kitchen Appliances Northern Ireland

At Dalzell’s of Markethill we are constantly searching to bring you the latest technology, fantastic choice and ever greater value.  Blomberg, a premium German kitchen appliance manufacturer, established for more than 120 years fits perfectly to our customer ethos.  Blomberg follows a philosophy of producing appliances that are in harmony with modern lifestyles.

In harmony with your life

Welcome to the new world of Blomberg kitchen appliances,  a world where the environment is respected, design is timeless and where expectations are consistently exceeded.
A world which is…

…in harmony with nature through appliances designed to preserve natural resources.
…in harmony with your home through universally good design that complements a variety of styles.
…in harmony with you through reassuring practical solutions, unique innovations and reliable affordable quality.

Launching in the UK with three exclusive Blomberg washing machines that bring together excellent performance and exquisite design at an affordable price, Blomberg washing machines bring a new dimension to laundry care.  Designed to deliver perfect wash results with the most efficient use of energy and water, Blomberg washing machines are effortlessly stylish, high performing and easy to use.

Blomberg’s Dishwasher provides AAA performance, combining safety, flexibility and energy efficiency, a Blomberg dishwasher will be the perfect assistant in your kitchen.

Blomberg Refrigeration Appliances welcome in the world of cooling and freezing, where hygiene and technology converge to provide the best environment for your food.  We cannot think of a better place to keep your food safe and fresh.  Launching with seven refrigeration appliances there’s something for everyone with Blomberg.

Blomberg 3 year warranty

All Blomberg’s kitchen appliances come with a full 3 year warranty as standard for your peace of mind.  A statement of confident intent in the quality of design and manufacture.  Being a German manufactured and designed appliance such durability and confidence is reassuringly predictable.

Environmentally friendly

Preservation of our natural resources is a priority for Blomberg.  They aim to redefine the energy efficiency rating of white appliances for the better.  Every Blomberg product has an A+ energy efficiency rating, consuming 10% less energy then an “A” class appliance.  What’s more all Blomberg Appliances are ROHS compliment and are manufactured with components that are 95% recyclable!

Company history

With more than 120 years of manufacturing expertise Blomberg have a long and distinguished history learn more about it by watching the video below.

Style and elegance

Learn more about Blomberg’s style and elegance in appliance design by watching their ‘In Harmony’ video below.

May 3rd, 2010

Independent Electrical Retailers Rewarded by ‘Which?’

Customer Service, Independent Electrical Retailers.

Independent electrical retailers have scored highly in the latest ‘Retail Satisfaction Survey’ conducted by the independent consumer magazine Which?

Independent electrical retailers were placed third overall in the Which? ‘Retail Satisfaction Survey’ of ninety-six U.K. retailers.  The only electrical retailer who ranked higher than independent electrical retailers was John Lewis, who came second.

Which? magazine judged retailers on a number of important factors including the available products, the retail environment, staff and convenience.  High scorers impressed customers with their staff knowledge and a pleasant shopping environment.  This proves once again that there’s more to customer satisfaction than price alone, customer service remains the key factor for U.K. consumers.

The results of the ‘Retail Satisfaction Survey’ published by Which? have delighted the U.K.’s leading electrical retailers’ association, Retra (Radio. Electrical and Television Retailers Association). Bryan Lovewell, Chief Executive of Retra, said: “I am delighted that yet again independent electrical retailers have performed particularly well in the Which? survey, ranking third overall, and second within the electrical sector.”

“All of our members pay particular attention to customer needs, ensuring that they receive first-class product knowledge at all times, alongside an enjoyable pleasant environment to ensure a pleasant shopping experience for customers.”

We’re also delighted at this result, Dalzell’s of Markethill are an independent, family owned electrical retailer established for more than 50 years.  We’re members of Retra and as such subscribe to their ‘Code of Practice’ supporting excellent customer service.  We’re also members of Euronics, Europe’s largest independent buying group, bringing you the best best prices and fantastic customer service.

Some way down the results table, Argos ranked joint 42nd, alongside Tesco.  ASDA came close behind in 50th place.  Other Electrical multiples did much worse with Comet 72nd, PC World 86th, Currys 92nd, and Currys digital 94th.

Northern Ireland Euronics Store

Dalzell's of Markethill Retra Member