BIG NIGHT IN
As technology makes TV viewing more immersive and lifelike, and the latest tablets feature crisp pictures and sharp audio so you can watch anywhere, there’s never been more ways to enjoy your favourite shows.
DESIGN FOR LIFE
How we watch TV has changed significantly too, with box-set bingeing and catch-up channels meaning we watch at times to suit us rather than live TV. It’s not only our viewing habits that have evolved: the technology powering our viewing is almost unrecognisable, too. Bulky, boxy TVs in living room corners have been replaced with slim, elegant screens delivering truly lifelike images.
OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology helps make the pictures we see on screen even more powerful and realistic, while Samsung’s QLED (quantum dot light-emitting diode) technology utilises light in the screen to enhance over a billion colours and deliver the brightest picture possible.
These are elevated even further when paired with other ingenious features: the gentle arc of the Samsung Curve TV helps draw you in and makes the viewing truly immersive, while the glass-mounted screen of the LG OLED55E7N offers ultra-fine colour graduation and shades for true-to-life clarity.
Once you’re enjoying a picture rivalling that of the big screen, the perfect speaker set-up will complete that cinematic experience in the comfort of your home. Sleek and slim soundbars, such as the Bose SoundTouch 300, are easy to set up and really bring movies and TV programmes to life. Film fans may like to add surround sound speakers, like the wireless Bose Virtually Invisible 300, to deliver room-filling audio. A wireless subwoofer, like the Sonos SUB, will amplify your viewing with rich, deep bass.
Sometimes there’s nothing better than curling up under the duvet for a box set binge, and this is made possible with the latest powerful, portable tablets with high-definition clarity and increased number of pixels, plus larger screens offering colourful, sharp images from any position.
The HD screen of the Lenovo YOGA Tab, for example, guarantees a crisp picture and perfect brightness under all angles and ambient light – so you won’t miss a moment.
The more advanced OLED screen technology is even available in some tablets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, which delivers an impressive spectrum of colour and contrast.
Audio quality in tablets has also come on leaps and bounds, with many models offering a surprisingly good surround sound experience from integrated stereo speakers. For even more immersive audio, you could watch with a pair of headphones. Noise cancelling models, such as the Bose Quiet Comfort QC35 II or the Sony MDR-ZX770BN filter out unwanted noise to make sure all you hear is clear, powerful audio – and those memorable movie lines.
Today’s tablets are designed to be thinner and lighter than ever – making them perfect for propping up as you lay in bed. Plus, they offer extended battery life so you can continue watching for longer, and some are also water-resistant – perfect in case you spill your drink during all the excitement of an action sequence. Goodbye multiplex, hello home.