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TV How To Guides

It’s exciting getting a shiny new TV out of the box. They’re a brilliant bit of kit that will provide loads of entertainment. We know you want to get going as soon as possible, which is why we’ve come up with these top tips and handy set-up guides.

How to install your TV

How to install your TV

If you’re putting your TV on cabinet or table, you’ll need to attach the TV to its base. The simplest way to do this is to pop the set, face down, on a soft flat surface - the seat of your sofa should be perfect. Slide the base into place and then fasten with the screws supplied. There’s no need to get the drill out, you can attach the screws using a screwdriver.



How to re-tune your TV

Want to get Dave+1 or ITV5? You might have to do a quick re-tune to access new channels. Here’s what you’ll need to do:


1. With your TV on press ‘menu’ on your remote control


2. Select the ‘set up’ or ‘installation’ option


3. Select the full retune option. This might be called ‘first time installation’, ‘factory reset’, ‘default settings’ or ‘shipping conditions’. 


4. At this stage, your TV might ask you to delete your existing channels. Don’t panic, this is normal. Press OK and your TV will reinstall your channels. This will take a few minutes to complete 


5. Once complete, you may be asked to restart your TV to complete the install. Simply turn your TV off and back on again.


How to re-tune your TV
How to connect to your Wi-Fi

How to connect to your Wi-Fi

There are two ways that you can connect a Smart TV to your home’s internet. If you’ve opted for a wired connection, simply use an Ethernet cable to connect your TV to your router. 

For a wireless connection using your home’s Wi-Fi, you’ll need to know the following: 

Double check your router’s name and have your Wi-Fi password handy. This is called a WEP or WPA key. Your router’s name and pass key can be found on the back of your router - sometimes it’s on a little sticker.

To watch catch-up TV in HD, you’ll need fast and strong WiFi connection. You can check your home’s download speed via www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/diagnostics.

Screen videos from your smartphone on to your TV

Want to share a video from your smartphone or tablet? With Miracast or Screen Mirroring, you can pair your smartphone with your Smart TV. This function is available on Android devices. To get going, both your smartphone and TV need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi connection. This will mirror exactly what’s on your smartphone screen onto the telly. 

Screen videos from your smartphone on to your TV

Buying the same brand TV and Smartphone usually gives you more sharing features. For example, Samsung uses the AllShare app to make streaming content from your Galaxy and a Samsung TV easier.

How to connect via Miracast

How to connect via Miracast

Sometimes called Screen Mirroring, this function is available on Android devices and lets you pair your smartphone with your Smart TV. Both need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi connection and rather than simply sharing individual content it will mirror exactly what’s on your smartphone screen onto the telly. A full list of miracast devices can be found here: http://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-certified-miracast

How to connect via an app

You can share content between an iPhone and Android device by downloading your TV’s free app. Each manufacturer will have its own app which lets you share content from your phone. Often the apps also turn your smartphone into the remote. Catch-up apps are also getting smarter. For example you can watch part of an episode on Netflix on your Smart TV, press stop then resume playing where you left off on your Smartphone.

Trouble pushing the right buttons?


When it comes to understanding your remote, these are the basics to remember...
Source Button

Source Button

This is where you'll be able to find all your connect devices including your games console, USB stick and Blu-ray player.

Menu

This button lets you adjust settings. Press this to get a drop down menu where you’ll be able to change colour, contrast and sound settings. You’ll also be able to find Parental control options.

Menu
Smart

Smart

TVs with Smart content will have a dedicated button to take you to the smart screen which displays all your catch-up services and social media apps.

3D

TVs with built-in 3D will also have a separate button to give you various options including a 2D and 3D upscaler so even the news can be given the 3D effect!

3D

Each TV will be slightly different but generally child lock settings can be found by scrolling through the MENU on your TV. Sometimes called AUTO LOCK or SMART LOCK, this will allow you to set a passcode for either specific channels or for content based on classification.

Smart TVs

Smart TVs also allow you to set a passcode to lock apps. Each will be slightly different but for a Samsung TV you do the following:

1. Select the app you want to set a lock for

2. Press tools and select lock

3. Enter a four digit code to lock the app