How to make the most of your TV during the Euros

From minor modifications to a brand new TV set

Men and women across the island of Ireland are preparing for weeks of football matches and shouting at a television screen. If you're not lucky enough to be heading over, here's some tips on how you can make the most of your own home tv-set up. 

(1) Remote:

You don't want to be scrambling to find the remote and an important moment or have someone sit on a button just as a goal is scored. An easy solution to this is to download a remote control app onto your smartphone. The phone is easier to find if it falls down the back of the couch (ring it!) and chances are it'll be on your person more often than not. 

I use the Peel Remote application and would highly recommend it. There's a little bit of set up involved; simply select your tv model and press a button. This then allows users to change the channel and alter the volume. The app is free. 

(2) Sound:

If you've bought a tv in the past 5 or 6 years, you may have noticed that the internal speakers are not fantastic. There is a way to solve this issue; invest in a soundbar. There are plenty of options depending on your budget and you'll definitely notice an enhancement in the output. 

For those on a tight budget, I would recommend the Samsung Wireless Soundbar, HW-J250 or the LG Home Cinema 2.0 Ch 50W Soundbar. If money is no object, look at something like the Samsung Wireless Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer, HW-J551

(3) New TV?

If your current TV set leaves a lot to be desired, it's not too late upgrade. Again, there's plenty of options for every budget. If you're on a tight budget, check out the Techwood 32" LED. If you want a slightly larger screen, check out the Finlux 39" LED. If you're budget can stretch to over €500, check out this Sony 48" LED