5 Top Netflix Shows to Watch in 4K

Netflix’s ever-increasing roster of TV shows offers a wide range of viewing experiences. With an extensive catalogue of series available in 4K, you can enjoy an evening on the sofa with cinema-level visuals!

If you want to get the most out of your streaming services and take your home cinema to the next level, get in touch to find out how our TV installation services could transform your home theatre.

If you’re stuck on what to watch next, consider some of these great shows on Netflix that you can see in 4K.

Shadow and Bone

As one of Netflix’s recent releases, you won’t want to miss this visually stunning show based on the bestselling book series by Leigh Bardugo!

Set in the fictional land of Ravka, the story follows Alina, a young woman who discovers she has the powers of the Sun Summoner. She must learn to use her newfound powers of light to defeat a rift of shadows scaring the land while navigating relationships with friends and foes.

The continual visuals of light and shadows make for a gorgeous and dynamic viewing experience, and the constant action is sure to keep you intrigued.

Blue Planet II

David Attenborough narrates this must-watch nature documentary that takes you on a journey to explore the Earth’s watery wonders.

Set against the backdrop of Hans Zimmer’s atmospheric soundtrack, Blue Planet II treats viewers to ethereal scenes of various forms of ocean life in their natural habitats.

From soaring mobular rays to fish that live in the deepest, darkest abyss, this show teaches you a lot about what lurks beneath the waves.

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The Queen’s Gambit

A series about chess may not sound particularly interesting, but this one has certainly been a big hit with Netflix fans.

Set in the 50s and 60s, this series follows the fictional child prodigy, Beth Harmon, as she grows up and wows the world with her chess skills, working towards becoming a grandmaster while battling all the trials and tribulations along the way.

This evocative series based on the book of the same name will leave you thinking about genius, addiction and legacy – and reaching for the chessboard!

Alice in Borderland

With the perfect blend of action, drama and mystery, this Japanese series is sure to have you completely hooked from the very first episode.

The story follows three friends who find themselves in an alternate Tokyo, where they must take part in the cruel life-or-death games if they want to survive.

Alice in Borderland is a thrilling adventure and provides high-energy storytelling from the get-go – a definite must-watch show!

You

If you want something just as thrilling but slightly more grounded in the real world, the hit show You might be for you.

Here, we follow the obsessive character Joe, a seemingly mild-mannered bookseller who has a simmering dark side about to reach breaking point. Viewers follow Joe’s growing obsession with his neighbour as he begins by stalking her before thoroughly inserting himself into her life.

You know this story is going nowhere good, but you just can’t help but keep watching!

All of the shows mentioned here are dynamic and exciting, making them perfect for enjoying in 4K.

If you want to boost your home cinema and enjoy these shows with the utmost quality, get in touch with the JL Audio Visual team to discover expert solutions.

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Marvel Movies Ranked

The best kinds of movies to watch in your home cinema are the ones that pack in the action and deliver dynamic visuals best enjoyed on the big screen!

With 11 years’ worth of epic superhero movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has got a lot to offer when it comes to cinema favourites. But which are the best? Here, we rank our top five movies in the MCU.

As movie aficionados and home cinema installation experts, we understand the value of a next-level viewing experience. If you think your next Marvel movie marathon could benefit from the elevated experience that a fully decked out home theatre could bring, why not get in touch to see how we could help?

Honorary Mentions

Before we explore our top five, these honorary mentions are also worthy of note!

  • Iron Man (2008): The very first MCU title and still one that holds up today.
  • Avenger Infinity War (2018) and Avengers Endgame (2019): The two parts of the ambitious crosser and overwhelming culmination of the MCU thus far.
  • Captain American Civil War (2016): A departure from the sometimes cartoonish plot of the earlier Captain America movies.
  • Captain Marvel (2019): An exhilarating origin story set in the 90s.

5. Avengers Assemble (2012)

As the film that essentially started the MCU as we have come to know and love it today, this film had to have a spot on our list.

Avengers Assemble includes the first of many crossovers as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye must protect New York from an oncoming invasion.

This film helps set up the MCU and the superhero genre as a whole, essentially introducing a new way in which we enjoy cinema. It is just the beginning of what is set up for the epic culmination of the series in Infinity War, Endgame and the future of the MCU.

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Fans are no stranger to Spider-Man with both the Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield franchises, but Homecoming manages to bring a fresh iteration of the much-loved teenaged superhero.

Opting not to go for another tired Peter Parker origin story, Marvel breathes new life into this fan-favourite hero. Homecoming perfectly balances the amusing high school drama and high-action adventuring of the web-slinging hero.

3. Black Panther (2018)

Many cite Black Panther as an elevation of the genre as it rapidly became both a favourite of the fans and critics. This idea was quickly solidified when it became the first superhero movie to be nominated for an Academy Award Best Picture!

The movie was successful in executing a level of world and character building that makes it stand apart from its fellow MCU instalments. The story is absorbing and is so easy to get lost in; Black Panther is certainly a must for fans of immersive cinema.

2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy is, at times, gleefully self-aware of the silliness inherent to superhero movies and uses this awareness to its advantage.

The unlikely cast of characters (including a talking racoon and a sentient tree) get into continual trouble against the backdrop of a soundtrack born from the 70s and 80s.

This movie also gave us a closer look at Thanos, the ultimate advisory that the Avengers and their fellow heroes must contend with in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

1. Thor: Ragnarock (2017)

Wildly funny and visually stunning, the third instalment in the Thor franchise gets our top spot!

Ragnarock takes a departure from the over-serious Thor and Thor: The Dark World with a light-hearted adventure focused on family and redemption.

Many fans consider this to be the funniest Marvel movie so far, and director Taika Waititi seamlessly blends this humour with the action and intrigue that we have come to expect from Marvel films.

All this wrapped up with a fantastic soundtrack, and it’s no wonder Thor Ragnarock found its ways to our top spot!

If you want to watch, or re-watch, any of these superhero epics from the comfort of your own home, why not ensure your home cinema set-up is the best it can be? For further guidance about home cinema installation, get in touch with our expert team.


About the author – Julie Harlow

A self-confessed techno-geek, Julie loves nothing more than keeping up to date with the latest releases, rumours and gadgets. She has been researching and writing blogs for JL Audio Visual since May 2020.

Why Invest in Quality Audio For Your Home Cinema

For many, the term ‘home cinema’ will conjure up thoughts of amazing visuals and unparalleled screen quality. However, it is just as important to think about good quality audio when setting up your home theatre.

As audio system installation experts, we are interested in how superior audio can elevate your home cinema experience to new levels. Here, we look at why investing in your sound system will be beneficial and help you get the most out of your entertainment system.

Realistic Sound

Systems that rely on poor-quality, internal speakers are not going to be adequate if you are trying to reach an authentic sound experience.

A top-quality system, whether this is full surround sound or more moderate speakers, will offer you an authentic audio experience with clearer, more realistic sound.

One big draw of installing a full home cinema in your house is the transportive quality of film. From the comfort of your own theatre room, you can go anywhere – this transportive element is enhanced immeasurably when you invest in quality audio.

Next-level audio will take a relatively mundane viewing experience and make it more engaging, adding to the exhilaration and suspense that movies can bring.

Increased Audio Clarity

Also adding to this realistic element of your sound, increased clarity is something to watch out for.

These days many sound systems will do a decent job at projecting clear, loud audio, but for an extra layer of clarity, it is worth seeking out a quality system that would work well in your space.

Choosing higher-end audio will allow for a multi-layered sound that doesn’t become muddy or confused. You will be able to hear distinctions in delicate dialogue and swells of music, enhancing the overall quality and experience.

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Mixing Options

When you opt for a higher-quality surround sound system, you will be able to control each channel and its output.

This will give you more control over the level of bass or treble settings. You will be able to customise an amazing sound to suit you. If you prefer deep rumblings or rich tones, you can achieve these preferences through one audio system.

Achieving a Cinema Experience At Home

The purpose of a home theatre is, of course, to bring the magic of a commercial cinema home.

This simply cannot be achieved fully without investing in a sound system that is capable of matching your visuals. To get the full cinematic experience, powerful audio is a must!

A commercial cinema room with people watching a film

Choosing an Audio System

Surround sound is one of the best ways to attain this kind of authentic soundscape. The multiple speakers and channels will provide all-encompassing audio that allows for a more immersive viewing experience.

Although surround sound can be quite an expensive investment, many find that it is well worth paying that little bit extra. For a more in-depth look at the benefits of surround sound, check out our blog below.

For more guidance on what kind of audio system would best suit your home cinema space and what your installation options are, why not get in touch with our team here at JL Audio Visual?

Best Tech Podcasts to Listen to

The continual popularity of podcasts means that there are a plethora of quality podcasts on every possible subject! Technology podcasts make great audio content because the industry changes so rapidly; there’s always a new gadget or upcoming release to talk about.

As audio system installation experts, we are fans of all things technology; the following podcasts are some of the best that discuss tech news and innovation.

Back to Work

Hosted by Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin, this podcast humorously blends topics of technology, work and communication.

The podcast discusses a range of topics, covering app recommendations, tech events and recent TV shows. There is a focus on work-life balance and how technology can be used to improve our lives and productivity.

This one is for listeners looking for an entertaining but informative podcast experience!

This Week in Tech

This podcast is a staple in the genre and has been running for over ten years, making it one of the central hubs for reliable tech news.

Every week, presenter Leo Laporte and his various guests and co-hosts take part in a roundtable discussion where they investigate the latest tech trends and developments.

This Week in Tech has episodes that span for over two hours, so it’s not one for beginners! If you decide to give it a go, it’s probably best to start with the most recent episode rather than trawling through a backlog of over ten years’ worth of content.

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Technology Untangled

This podcast, as its name suggests, aims to untangle the implications of the future of technology and speculates how the tech industry is going to continue shaping the world.

Host, Michael Bird guides the listener through interviews and stories that tease out questions about digital ethics, sustainability in technology and hyper-converged infrastructure.

With half-hour episodes and simplistic explanations, this is the perfect podcast for those with a casual interest who are looking to learn more and become better informed.

Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole is more of a documentary, rather than a tech talk show like those previously mentioned.

Some might not consider it a tech podcast in a traditional sense, but it does deal with the emerging effects of the internet and how the online world begins to bleed into the real one.

The Times tech columnist Kevin Roose asks how the internet and online culture are beginning to change who we are and how we think.

This binge-worthy audio series is perfect for podcast beginners and true tech enthusiasts alike.

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Note to Self

Note to Self’s host, Manoush Zomorodi considers how we can go about preserving humanity in the ever-evolving digital age.

The podcast mainly examines how daily and family life are affected by an increased technological presence.

Where other tech talk shows focus on reviews or news, Note to Self looks at the human perspective and our direct interactions with social media, screen time and the invasion of smart devices, among numerous other topics.

As you can see from our selection here, there is a wide variety when it comes to tech podcasts, whether this refers to format, direction or topic. There is a lot to take from each of these podcasts for both budding tech enthusiasts and seasoned experts.

As professionals specialising in quality home audio and home cinema installation, we can help upgrade your home tech to the next level; why not contact our experienced team today?

A Guide to Quality Home Audio

Whether you want an amazing multi-room audio system to blast your favourite tunes or an immersive home cinema sound experience, good quality audio is something you will need to consider.

Most of us will often focus on screen quality and leave audio as an afterthought. However, to get the best experience from your home theatre, a decent sound system is essential.

Why Invest in High-Quality Audio?

Investing in good quality audio does not necessarily have to mean breaking the bank. Finding what is right for your space and needs is more important than just buying the biggest, most expensive speakers.

Excellent audio can elevate a mundane viewing experience to cinema quality. Investing in a brilliant audio system will give you a new appreciation of sound.

What Makes ‘Good’ Audio?

A room with two tower speakers

What sounds ‘good’ is subjective, but there are certain things to be aware of and look out for when on the hunt for a next-level audio system.

Clarity

Good speakers will have an impeccable level of clarity. This means that as the speaker runs, it will produce no sound itself, leaving you to get the full-bodied, crisp audio from the music or film alone.

Bass

Bass will contribute to the clarity of low, rich sounds. A speaker system with a good bass output won’t sound muddy or wobbly when putting out those booming notes. Well-defined bass will contribute to the overall soundscape and increase listening quality.

Resolution

Resolution goes hand-in-hand with clarity and will add to the immersive experience. High-resolution audio will allow you to hear every layer of sound; you will be able to hear the distinction between different instruments and movie dialogue will be crisp.

Soundstage

Quality audio systems will be able to create a realistic soundstage, where depth and width are considered. This is another feature that will enhance the immersive nature of your audio.

Speaker Size

As previously mentioned, the speakers do not necessarily have to be the biggest to produce the best sound. If you are unsure about what kind of qualities would work best in your space, a home cinema installation professional will be able to give you some guidance.

Which Speakers are Right for You?

A closeup shot of a speaker

Nowadays, there are countless brands and speaker types to choose from that provide excellent quality. 

Before deciding on what is right for you, you must consider budget, what the speakers will be used for and the space they will be projecting audio into. 

Soundbars

This can often be one of the cheapest options and is preferred by many that don’t want to invest in surround sound yet.

A long horizontal speaker is placed under the television and can provide a boost in audio quality for TVs that have poor internal speakers.

Soundbars will provide better quality audio than internal speakers, but they cannot reach the same levels as more extensive systems.

Tower Speakers

Tower or floor-standing speakers can offer complete overall sound from one unit. The units will usually come in pairs to be set up together. They have a box-like structure and cannot easily be hidden, but many choose to make the speakers a feature of the room.

These kinds of speakers are generally used in rooms dedicated to listening to music, but could also be useful in a home cinema space.

Ceiling Speakers

If discretion is a concern, ceiling speakers are something to consider. They can provide better audio while being hidden away and won’t compromise the layout or design of your room.

Although they can be preferable for this reason, ceiling speakers are often unable to provide the full range of audio functions like the smooth bass or breadth that other systems can provide.

Unlike soundbars which can usually be a DIY job, ceiling speakers will usually require expert installation as fire regulations and safety need to be taken into account when these speakers are fitted.

Subwoofers

If you are focused on achieving a powerful sound full of depth, subwoofer speakers will be essential for your setup.

Subwoofers give clear sound from the low end of the audio spectrum, making them important for high-quality movie viewings.

Surround Sound Systems

Two speakers

Opting for a surround sound system can be the preferred option for people whose priority is audio for a home cinema rather than listening to music.

Essentially, surround sound will ‘surround’ you in audio through multiple channels. Different categories of sound are distributed between a number of speakers positioned around the room; this provides a super-immersive experience with clear, realistic audio.

One potential downside is that surround sound systems can land on the more expensive side of all the audio options. However, you get what you pay for, and it can be worth considering if you’re looking to take your home theatre to the next level and create an authentic cinema experience.

For a more in-depth look at the benefits of surround sound, check out our blog below!

Speaker Positioning

Positioning can be vital in getting the best from your audio system, whether this refers to surround sound or an individual speaker.

For some, it can be tempting to position speakers where they are hidden out of sight, but showcasing the speaker’s audio quality is advised. Hiding speakers too intently can cover them and prevent them from projecting audio as well as they would when unobstructed.

You must assess the room acoustics and seating positions before settling on speaker position. Installation professionals will help with this if you are unsure.

Considering the Space

The size and configuration of your space will also come into play when deciding on positioning and speaker selection.

As with the positioning of speakers, professional AV technicians will be able to advise you on the kind of speakers that will benefit the room. Large speakers placed all around the room will be inappropriate and wasteful in a small room where a soundbar or slim tower speakers would work better.

If your current home audio system is lacking, why not get in touch to see how our experienced team could help?

The Best Movies to Stream This Halloween

The spooky season is slowly creeping up on us, and let’s face it, there is no better way to spend the run-up to Halloween than settling in and watching some festive movies!

Whether you’re a lover of straight-up horror or prefer a bit of family-friendly fun, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime give us access to a whole plethora of Halloween-related films.

If your current home theatre system isn’t quite delivering the best Halloween thrills this season, why not consider an upgrade? For more guidance about home cinema installation, get in touch with our experienced team here at JL Audio Visual!

Halloween (2018)

Would Halloween be complete without, well… Halloween?

This reboot of the 1978 slasher classic pays homage to the original by positioning itself as a sort of meta-comedy. Although you won’t be disappointed with the gore that’s expected from this kind of movie, you might be surprised by how comedic it is. With clever references to the franchise and the genre as a whole, many viewers feel like this is a more successful sequel than any of its predecessors.

The film follows the iconic horror figure Michael Myers as he escapes from a psychiatric facility and heads back to the town where his previous reign of terror took place to pick up where he left off.

This nostalgic slasher, available on Netflix, is sure to send chills down your spine!

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Halloweentown (1998)

If you’re not a massive fan of horror but still like to get in the Halloween spirit, this may be perfect for you!

Just released on Disney Plus, this family-friendly movie is packed with cosy October visuals and supernatural adventure. The film follows thirteen-year-old Marnie who learns that she comes from a family of witches. With her family, she visits her grandmother, a good witch, who lives in a town where witches, vampires and goblins roam the suburbs, living normal lives.

The three main characters get up to mischief with their new-found witch powers and must use their talents to save the town from being taken over by an evil spirit.

This fantastical light-hearted movie has all the Halloween vibes without giving you and your family too much of a fright!

Hereditary (2018)

We’re back on the scarier end of the spectrum with Hereditary. This one can be found on Netflix or Amazon Prime for those brave enough to give it a watch this Halloween.

The creepy tale follows the Graham family as they start to learn about their increasingly sinister ancestry, following the death of the family matriarch. They unravel terrifying secrets and experience some horrifying things. Before diving into this one, the less said, the better!

If you’re the sort of person who likes to spend Halloween getting as scared as possible, this one is sure to elicit some sleepless nights!

Netflix on the TV

Professional home cinema installation could be the answer when trying to boost your Halloween movie-night experience! To find out more about how JL Audio Visual could help, why not get in touch?

How to Improve Your TV’s Sound Quality

Picture this: you’ve just settled down for a cosy night in with a movie — the picture looks great, the snacks are top-notch… but the audio leaves something to be desired. For the best home cinema experience, good quality audio is a key component.

Whether it’s just for daily use or an immersive at-home cinema experience, you deserve to have your TV working at its best!

There could be a multitude of reasons why your audio is not up to scratch. Here, we take a look at some of the best ways to improve your TV’s sound quality.

External Speakers

Most modern TVs are slim and leave little room for speakers that can deliver the best sound. Internal TV speakers are often built into the bottom of the screen, which means sound is directed down rather than out into the room. The effect is that television dialogue can become muffled and big, explosive scenes are prevented from packing their intended punch. External speakers can help with this issue.

Connecting your TV to external speakers via a cable or the HDMI Audio Return Channel can help you bypass the internal speakers and achieve the sound quality that you are looking for.

There are plenty of external speakers and sound systems on the market for you to choose from. What will work best for you will depend on the kind of sound you are trying to achieve.

Soundbars

A soundbar is a form of external speaker that might be worth investing in if you want to improve your TV’s sound quality.

This slim device will sit under your TV or can be mounted on the wall and will effectively project sound into the room with virtual surround sound without the need for multiple speakers.

They are a simple and cheaper option for people looking for an upgrade from their sub-par internal speakers.

A TV with a soundbar

Surround Sound

This option is going to be more expensive than other desktop or soundbar speakers, but if you’re looking for the best quality sound, it might be something worth considering.

Most TVs will have the multichannel mix option, giving you access to five different audio channels that correspond to different speakers around the room. This will allow you to achieve an all-encompassing sound that surrounds you. A subwoofer channel may also be required to achieve the low, rumbling frequencies that help fully immerse you in a movie.

For those looking to enhance their home cinema experience to epic proportions, a set of surround sound speakers will be your best bet.

Recycle Old Speakers

If you’ve got old computer speakers gathering dust, now might be the perfect time to give them some new life. 

If you’re not quite ready to break the bank with a full surround sound system, then old unused speakers can do the job. Plugging them into your TV will help give your audio the boost it needs while you consider other, more expensive options.

A single speaker

Optimal Speaker Positioning

Having the best quality speakers won’t mean anything unless you’ve got them pointed in the right direction. Work out where to position your surround sound speakers based on where you will be sitting in the room. For soundbars and other smaller speakers, make sure they face out into the room and are unobstructed.

Setting Adjustments

If you’ve got the latest top-quality speakers and are still experiencing audio problems, then your issues may lie with your television settings. 

Adjusting the sound settings in your TV menu can be helpful when trying to achieve better quality dialogue or superior sound in general. Playing around with the sound modes, compression and equalisation settings should help improve sound quality. You may have to try a few different setting combinations depending on what you are trying to achieve from your TV audio. 

Someone using a remote on their TV

JL Audio Visual have years of experience in quality audio system installation. If you are considering your options for home cinema sound solutions, we can help. 

For more guidance or further information about our services, please refer to our website or get in touch today.

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The Best Films to Watch on a 4K TV

There can be nothing better than kicking back with a bucket of popcorn and enjoying a great movie from the comfort of your living room!

Whether you’re a fan of action adventures or romantic tearjerkers, the increasing abundance of online streaming services and smart TVs has probably got something for you. 

Being in the comfort of your own home does not mean you have to sacrifice quality visuals! Ultra high definition and 4K televisions are becoming more popular and widely available. It is now more possible than ever to achieve the very best visuals and audio from home.

For more guidance on what 4K is and how it could enhance your viewing experience, check out our guide to high definition television. 

Here, we take a look at some of the best movies to watch on a 4K TV to help take your home cinema experience to the next level! 

Arrival (2016)

This one’s for fans of aliens, mystery and stunning visuals! This science fiction film will leave you thinking about language, metaphor and connection for days.

The film follows a linguistics expert, played by Amy Adams, who must learn to communicate with a group of mysterious aliens who have suddenly arrived on Earth.

With its melancholy colour pallet and exploration of language’s role in reality, Arrival is a bit of a slow burn, but it’s worth it in the end!

Deadpool (2016)

In the wave of traditional superhero movies, this film is a breath of fresh air. Prepare yourself, because the visuals on this one can get a little intense!

The action-comedy centres around Wade Wilson, whose life is transformed after a twisted scientist’s experiments leave him with whole-body scars and supernatural powers. We follow Wade on his quest to get revenge on his scientist nemesis; the journey is perfectly paced and hilarious.

As far as superhero movies go, this is a pretty unconventional one. With brilliantly-choreographed stunts and a catchy soundtrack, you won’t want to miss out on Deadpool!

A photo of the character Deadpool

The Martian (2015)

No aliens in this one, but that’s hardly to its detriment! This movie is intense in the best possible way.

Astronaut Mark Watney is abandoned on Mars after his crew presume that he has died in a storm. He must use what’s at hand to survive on the planet while those back on Earth plan for his rescue.

His laidback attitude makes for a comical watching experience, and you just can’t help but cheer for him.

Wonder Woman (2017)

We’ve already had a (sort of) superhero movie on this list, but female superheroes are few and far between. Wonder Women is a wonderful movie in its own right. 

Set in the First World War, the action follows Diana, princess of an all-female race of Amazonians, as she ventures into the world to stop the god Ares from masterminding the war. 

The beautiful period costumes and sets alone are worth watching!

This is another film with an awesome soundtrack. To get the most out of amazing movie soundtracks, it might be worth considering looking into sound systems. For more help in this department, check out our beginner’s guide to surround sound.

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1917 (2019)

For a more recent recommendation, we’ve chosen 1917. This stunning historical film also set in the First World War follows two young British soldiers tasked with the mission of delivering a message over enemy territory. 

1917 is unique in that you view it as one unbroken shot. You move through scenes with the characters without any cuts to black. To really do this technological feat justice, it is worth watching in 4K with high resolution. 

If you’re up for an incredibly immersive rollercoaster, this one’s for you!

A couple sat on a sofa eating from a bowl of popcorn

Here at JL Audio Visual, we are experts when it comes to home theatre systems. If you are considering upgrading your movie experience at home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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5 Reasons You Experience Poor Picture Quality

The good news is that TV has come a long way in the last few years! Technological advancements, along with the enormous growth of on-demand services like Netflix or Amazon Prime, allow for incredible visuals from the comfort of our own home.

With a rise in streaming services that release whole seasons of shows in one go, binging TV is becoming the norm. There can be nothing worse than experiencing technical issues or poor screen quality when you’re halfway through the latest season of Stranger Things or The Crown (and these shows deserve to be seen at their best!).

However, there’s no need to fret when it comes to achieving amazing picture quality; we can help!

Here, we lay out some of the most common issues behind poor picture quality and the ways you can solve them, so you can continue your Netflix binge or movie marathon in peace!

Channel Picture Quality Below TV Standard

This point only really applies to people who have purchased high-end TVs, such as 4K or even 8K resolutions. If you have a new fancy TV system and are disappointed that the quality is poor, then double-check the definition of your programme. 

The streaming service Disney Plus hosts an abundance of 4K content which should show up beautifully on newer 4K TVs, provided there aren’t any other technical issues at play!

To get some quality movie night inspiration, check out our must-watch 4K movies on Disney Plus!

Unadjusted TV Settings

If you are experiencing difficulties with general screen quality and not TV resolution, you might want to take a look at your system settings. Playing around with picture settings, brightness and colour controls can help you produce a clearer picture to suit your needs. After all, watching the latest Marvel movies in fully adjusted HD is always a must! 

A man watching a large TV

Bad Cable Connections

One of the most common causes of bad picture quality is unsecured or poorly connected cables. This may sound like a simple fix (and it can be), but there are a plethora of cables that might be causing your issues! Understanding the functions of each cable can help when it comes to getting the best screen quality. 

Lots of different coloured cables

Interference

Another frequent cause of broken picture quality at home is interference. These days, our homes are a complex system of electrical wires that can sometimes disturb each other. In an emerging world of wireless and connected smart devices, there are now almost innumerable things that could cause interference.

Electrical Interference on Freeview TV

If your Freeview TV continues to break up at specific points in the day, particularly during the evening, this could be caused by electrical interference. Anything that consumes significant amounts of electricity when in use, such as appliances, pumps and some heating systems, could be causing fluctuations in your signal.

To remedy this situation, try to keep your aerial and other cables as separated from other electrics as possible. While this can be hard, even a little bit can make a difference and prevent an annoying pixelated picture.

Interference on Digital Cable or Internet-based TV

As with electrics, internet connectivity can be impacted by interference from both in and outside the home. 

If you rely on broadband to watch TV, then a reduced internet speed can cause some irritating issues with picture quality. Buffering or lagging screens can be the bane of any viewer’s watching experience.  

To reduce these effects, it can help to remove all other connected devices in the vicinity of your television. Turning them off completely and giving the TV access to as much broadband as needed can help restore your picture quality in no time. 

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Unaligned Aerial/Satellite

Bad weather can be a nuisance at the best of times, but when it starts to mess with your TV signal, there’s nothing worse! Storms pass, but signal issues can remain. If your picture’s not up to scratch after a bout of rain or strong wind, it could be that the weather has disturbed the alignment of your aerial or satellite.

Unalignment issues can be hard to spot with the naked eye (unless the satellite or aerial is dislodged), so consider speaking to a trained engineer if you think this might be the problem. 

An aerial on a roof

Here at JL Audio Visual, we have been leaders in the TV installation and av consulting industry for over 15 years, serving customers across South-East England. We provide bespoke home cinema installation and satellite repair services, so you can rest assured you’re getting the best picture possible for when you’re binging the next hit show!

If you are unsure why you are experiencing poor picture quality and would like our support, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

5 Must-Watch 4K Movies on Disney Plus

Trips to the cinema are fun, but sometimes watching the latest blockbuster from the comfort of your own home can be even better!

Each year the desire for quality home entertainment increases as streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney Plus become more ingrained in our culture.

With so many movies and places to watch them, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Here, we count down five must-watch movies on Disney Plus that you can view in 4K or Ultra-High Definition.

If you’re unsure about the specifics of 4K television, why not check out our helpful guide to high definition television?

Avengers: Endgame (2019)

This is an obvious one. What have you been doing if not keeping up with the Marvel universe? The impressive visuals and dynamic scenes in this film are perfect for 4K viewing.

In this instalment, all of our heroes must team up to defeat the warlord Thanos, against all the odds. This epic finale to the Avengers franchise is full of action and perfect for fans of adventure, sci-fi, or just Chris Hemsworth!

If you fancy a Marvel marathon or need a catch-up, settle down with some popcorn because you’ll be staying a while. Disney Plus hosts 20 (twenty!) other Marvel superhero movies in 4K for you to make your way through.

The red Marvel logo on a black background

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

How could we mention the Marvel movies without also mentioning Star Wars? This is another giant franchise that’s hard to stay away from.

All the originals, prequels and more recent instalments can be viewed in 4K, but we’ve chosen The Empire Strikes Back as our must-watch pick.

It’s a little older than the other picks here, but it’s certainly earned its place. This is the second film in the classic series of Jedi versus Sith Lord and is lauded by many fans as the best one. This endlessly-quotable movie is packed with genre-defining action sequences and lightsaber duels that still hold up today.

A group of stormtroopers from Star Wars

Inside Out (2015)

If you need a break from all that epic-ness, Disney Plus has got some great options for you and your family.

Inside Out is a wonderfully-animated coming of age story that revolves around a young girl as she struggles with a recent move and life changes. The five personified emotions (Fear, Disgust, Anger, Sadness and Joy) that live in her head must also come to terms with the new changes. Heart-warming adventures and hijinks ensue.

This movie is chock-full of bright, bubbly colours and gorgeous animation. It’s the perfect movie for children and adults alike! You might even find yourself tearing up (in a good way!).

A woman eating popcorn from a bowl

Moana (2016)

It would be a crime not to include a musical on a Disney must-watch list! This one has got it all: shape-shifting demigods, giant singing crabs and a wild young princess who just wants to save her island.

It’s clear that a lot of love and care went into this production, and the quality of the animation becomes even more apparent when viewed in 4K or Ultra High Definition.

With the stunning main vocals by Auli’i Cravalho and music by Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda, you’ll be singing these songs for weeks to come!

Cinderella (2015)

This re-working of the Disney classic was one of the first in the most recent wave of live-action remakes that have been sweeping across our screens.

Starring Lily James and Richard Madden, this romantic fantasy film is bursting with whimsy and swoon-worthy visuals. The cartoon version just doesn’t quite do that blue dress justice!

This updated fairy tale has all the magic of the original and then some.

The Disney castle with flowers and trees in the foreground

If you are considering having your next movie night in 4K, our home cinema installation service here at JL Audio Visual can help.

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