PAL Television

 What Is PAL TV ? DVD Video Symbol With PAL Format VHS PAL DVD PAL Most of us are used to seeing VHS PAL and DVD PAL labels on VHS cassettes or DVDs, but what does PAL  mean? It stands for Phase Alternating Line and is a technical term indicating the colour system that is used which applies to analogue Television signals. Back in the 1950s when black and white TV was king, RCA of America developed a colour Cathode Ray Tube which meant colour TV was on it's way! Colour TVs would be very expensive to begin with and so millions would still be watching black and white for a while until mass production brought prices down. So how do you send the colour signal to the privileged few who could afford colour without effecting those who had black and white? Luminance and Chroma The black and white TV signal is also called the Luminance signal and is used to drive the CRT in varying intensity depending on the picture. You would need to keep this signal so that those with black and white TVs

TV Buying Guide

What is the Best Make of TV?

I am often asked “what is the best make?” The answer years ago would have been the well-known Japanese makes along with Philips and Ferguson. Many of the top names don’t even make their own TVs anymore. Most TVs are made by a company called Vestel, which is based in Turkey. Almost all of the cheap TVs in supermarkets with obscure names are made by Vestel. I have seen the likes of Toshiba, JVC, Hitachi and Panasonic with the same Vestel panels in them as the cheaper brands, so people have paid extra for the name. There was a time when nearly all screens were made by Samsung or LG. Many TVs now have screens that are made by Vestel or of Chinese manufacture. I would go for Samsung, Sony and LG. Look for the models that come with 5 years warranty. Retailers don’t want to see them again once they are sold, so they must be confident that the TV will last at least five years without any problems.

Cheap TVs

TVs are relatively cheap nowadays, but you get what you pay for, and the quality is not as it was even a few years ago. If you are buying a new TV, I would strongly recommend you get one with at least 5 years warranty. I was starting to see a lot of TVs with faulty screens or needing replacement main boards a few months out of warranty. It might be worth upgrading your home contents insurance to include accidental damage to your TV screen. I got many calls per week from customers who had the TV screen broken. There is no fix for this, and no guarantee will cover it!
I used to feel so sorry for those customers who only had the TV for a couple of weeks and the screen had been damaged, usually by a child throwing something at it – and it was always 55″ or bigger!

Take Out Insurance

If you are a SKY TV customer, they offer an insurance that will cover your sky equipment and two other items such as a TV and mobile phone for around £9 per month. OK, just over £100 for the year, but it’s sorted if your screen gets damaged or the TV breaks down. Remember, always keep your receipt safe! Frustrating if you can’t find it to claim warranty. If you take out insurance, take a photo of the equipment working and email it to yourself to prove date it was taken. This will go to prove it was working when you took out the insurance.
John Lewis has an option to take out accidental damage for £150, that works out at £30 per year. It’s a no brainer! It will give you peace of mind for the next five years. If anything happens, you won’t need to fork out for a new TV – sorted!

Cracked TV Screen beyond repair.
A Damaged TV screen. The red circle is where
a toy or a remote control was
thrown at the screen.

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