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Even though you enjoy having a television in the home, you might have a problem with the screen clashing with your decor. You spent a lot of time, energy and money designing your home and you might quickly realize that, as much as you love it, your television doesn’t match your vision. Getting rid of the TV altogether might not be an option. So rather than have this eyesore take up too much space, here’s how you can disguise your television and enjoy the best of both worlds. 1. Buy a decorative cabinet. Measure your television and then shop for a decorative cabinet that’s large enough to hold the television. Look specifically for cabinets with doors that either slide or open. The cabinet can be the focal point of the room and another decor piece. When you are ready to watch television, simply open the cabinet doors and enjoy some entertainment. The good thing about a cabinet is that it can complement any room of your house, such as the living room, the family room and even your bedroom. 2.… Read more

Many children will ask for a TV in their bedroom as they become older and more independent. On one hand, putting a TV in your child’s room can alleviate arguments over the remote control. You can watch what you want and they can watch what they want. It also gives your child a sense of responsibility - when they're old enough, they can decide what to watch and for how long. Despite these benefits, there are also valid reasons not to put a TV in your child’s room. The trick is finding the right balance. If you're not sure whether your child would benefit from having a television in their room, here are a few tips to help you decide whether this is a good idea for your family. 1. You can’t always monitor what they’re watching. Putting a TV in your child’s room can make it much harder to monitor what they’re watching, especially if their bedroom isn’t near your bedroom or if it’s away from the living area. When children are alone in their rooms, they can easily… Read more

Television has come a long way since the days of 13 channels presented in boxed CRTs in living rooms across the country. Even in the last decade, TV has morphed from a provider-driven to a consumer-driven enterprise. The big disrupter has been the internet. With the rise of virtually unlimited access to programming, the web has turned programming and they way it’s viewed inside out. Broadcasters and operators have come to the realization (finally) that content is king--but so is the how and when of presentation. Consumers Deciding What, When & Where Thanks to the internet, consumers can now decide not only what to watch, but when and where to watch it. The web is now awash in content, delivered to iPads, iPhones, laptops and to 3D virtual mobile theater headphones like the Moon. Never before has there been such a plethora of choices for entertainment untethered by time and place. Consumers are now free to watch sports, drama, news and a virtual cornucopia of YouTube videos. Popular TV dramas, once interrupted by week-long waits and a barrage of commercials… Read more

Typically, we choose cable channels because they satisfy some specific entertainment need. They offer more compelling shows targeted to specific audience segments, including hot new drama/action series like the House of Cards or Game of Thrones. They also cover major sports events and you generally have the flexibility of watching them on your schedule, rather than the TV networks’ timetable. But today there are many cable channels to choose from, and while they may appear similar on the surface, there are significant differences in two key areas: price and programming. How do you make the choice that fits your taste and viewing habits? Here are a few guidelines to get you started. What the Majors Offer When it comes to premium cable TV channels, you essentially have the same few options: HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax and Amazon. They’re called premium channels because their programming is typically commercial free. You may see ads for other programs on these channels, bur rarely will you encounter ads during the programs. Instead of paid ads, you pay a subscription fee, which is added to your… Read more

If you haven’t made a charitable contribution this year, now is as good a time as ever to scan your house for items you can donate. As you rummage through your home, don’t just collect toys and clothes - sure, people in need will appreciate these items - but they may also be in need of electronics. If you have an old TV in your home that’s taking up too much space or are looking to upgrade your current set, why not give it to charity? Removing a big bulky TV from your home is an excellent way to declutter. However, the benefits don’t stop there. Here’s a look at some other solid reasons to give your TV to charity. 1. You’ll spend fewer hours watching TV. Giving away one or two television sets is an easy way to decrease the number of hours your family sits in front of the television every day. The more TVs in the house, after all, the more likely you are to spend time on the couch. Not to say you need to eliminate every television you own,… Read more