Television accessories buying guide

Welcome to the TV Accessories guide where our experts highlight the accessories that are available and compatible with your television.

Whether you want to wall mount your television or place it on a stand, we guide you through the steps to choose the best solution for displaying your TV.

This guide also includes the different types of cables to make the best use of the connections available on your TV, what kind of aerial you should use for the best picture, as well as discovering the Smart and 3D accessories that will maximise your TV experience. Click on the tabs below to learn more about the accessory considerations for your TV.

Wall brackets

TV brackets are an increasingly popular solution for displaying TVs as they are a secure and space saving display solution for watching TV in your home.

Use our simple 3-step process below to find the ideal bracket for you and your TV.

Step 1: Choose the type of bracket

Tilt brackets

Tilt brackets

Tilt your TV down to avoid screen glare and achieve a better viewing angle. Tilt brackets are most suitable when mounting your TV above eye level on the wall.

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Fixed brackets

Fixed brackets

Fix your TV in place when you have a dedicated viewing area and your eyes are level with the centre of the TV screen when seated.

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Motorized brackets

Motorized brackets

Reposition your TV from anywhere in the room via remote control, allowing you to pan, swivel, and tilt your TV easily for the ideal viewing position.


Step 2: Find the size of bracket to fit your TV


There are three different options to establish the correct size of bracket to fit your TV:

Option 1. Use our ‘fits most’ principles to match your TV screen size to the range of brackets we have available.

Small bracket
fits most TVs between
13" - 32"

Medium bracket
fits most TVs between
23" - 42"

Large bracket
fits most TVs between
37" - 63"

Option 2. If you have your TV model number, click the button to use our interactive guide which will show you the TV brackets available for your TV.


Option 3. On the back of every flat panel TV are 4 holes at each corner. The space between these holes is the VESA standard which is adopted by most TV manufacturers for wall bracket mounting. There are 8 commonly used.
Vesa size example
Click on the categories below to see the range of brackets for your VESA measurements. You must also check that the weight of the TV falls within the bracket’s weight capacity.

75 x 75mm 100 x 100mm 200 x 100mm 200 x 200mm 300 x 300mm 400 x 300mm 400 x 400mm 600 x 400mm

 


Step 3: Options for installing your bracket


Wall mounting a bracket There are 2 options for installing your TV

Option 1: Install the bracket yourself.

A. Firstly, consider your wall construction where you would like to mount the TV. If you have brick walls (masonry), it’s easy as all wall brackets can be installed in any location.

B. If you have plasterboard walls (partition), you will need to locate the wall studs before installation. Wall studs are the wooden elements which support your partition wall. Using a stud finder you can locate these to ensure the fixing between bracket and wall is in the correct location.

Please note you will need a spirit level to ensure that the bracket installation is even and level, for the best television viewing.


Option 2: Alternatively use our Knowhow™ wall mount and demonstration service to install your TV bracket.

We can fix your TV to the wall and get it hooked up to your existing kit and turned on. We'll make sure the cables are tidy and give you a demo.

TV stands

TV stands are a great way of showing off your television in your home, as well as housing additional related devices such as Blu-ray players and digital set-top boxes, and usually disguising the cables too.

When buying a new TV stand, you will need to consider not only the design of the stand but also its size to ensure that it fits the available space in your home, suits the decor and is appropriately sized for your TV size.

All of our TV stands indicate the television screen size that they are compatible with as well as the actual stand dimensions to ensure that when you get it home, it fits perfectly in the space.

You may also like to consider the features listed below in making the correct TV stand purchase.

Built-in cable management Built-in cable management
Many of our TV stands now include built-in cable management systems which hide untidy cables and allow your TV to be the focus of the room.

Stands with brackets Stands with brackets
Some of our television stands now come with integrated brackets which allow you flexibility to mount your TV and vary the angle of it for optimum viewing, whilst retaining storage capabilities that a traditional stand provides for your related devices such as Blu-ray players and digital set-top boxes.

Infrared compatible drawers Infrared compatible doors
Many of the television stands available have doors and cupboards to hide away your extra devices for a minimalist look, but have infrared functionality which allows the remote control to work through this barrier. Look out for the stands which indicate that they are infrared (IR) compatible.

Cables

Navigate this page according to what you need your cable to do. If you need your cable to transfer both picture and sound, Each section below will recommend a cable to connect devices together, so you can find out how to link your TV, DVD, camcorder, games consoles or other devices.

Audio visual cables


HDMI® cable

HDMI® cable

Typically connects your TV or HDTV to:

  • Blu-ray & DVD players
  • HD Freeview, HD Cable and satellite
  • Home cinema systems
  • HD Games consoles
  • PCs and laptops with HDMI ports

Scart cable

Scart cable

Typically connects your TV or HDTV to:

  • VCR players
  • DVD players
  • Freeview
  • Cable and satellite

Aerial cable

Aerial cable

Typically connects from your aerial socket to:

  • TV
  • Freeview box
  • Cable TV box
  • VCR players

Satellite cable

Satellite cable

Typically connects from your aerial socket to:

  • All satellite services

Mini - HDMI® cable

Mini - HDMI® cable

Typically connects your TV or HDTV to:

  • Cameras
  • Camcorders
  • Tablets with Mini-HDMI ports
  • Netbooks with Mini-HDMI ports

Micro - HDMI® cable

Passive 3D glasses

Typically connects your TV or HDTV to:

  • Cameras
  • Camcorders
  • Tablets with Micro-HDMI ports
  • Netbooks with Micro-HDMI ports

Audio cables


Audio cables carry sound only between devices. Please see below for typical connections between your home entertainment equipment and your home cinema system, amplifier or hi-fi.

Digital optical cable

Digital optical cable

Typically connects your home cinema system, amplifier or hi-fi to:

  • HDTV
  • Blu-ray players
  • DVD players
  • Games consoles
  • HD Freeview

2RCA to 2RCA cable

2RCS to 2RCA cable

Typically connects your home cinema system, amplifier or hi-fi to:

  • HDTV / TV
  • DVD players
  • Games consoles
  • VCR players
  • Freeview

3.5mm to RCA cable

3.5mm to RCA cable

Typically connects your home cinema system, amplifier or hi-fi to:

  • Anything with a headphone socket

Video cables


Visual cables carry picture only between devices. Please see below for typical connections between your TV or HDTV and other home entertainment equipment.

Component cables

Component cable

Typically connects your TV or HDTV to:

  • DVD players
  • Games consoles

Splitters adapters & connectors


DVI to HDMI adapter

DVI to HDMI adapter

HDMI and DVI are both digital video connections that can be used together. In some cases equipment may have a DVI connection that needs to be converted to a HDMI type plug so a DVI to HDMI adapter allows for this.

Typically connects your TV or HDTV to:

  • Laptops with DVI*
  • Desktops with DVI*
  • Netbooks with DVI*
  • *HDMI cable also required

Angled HDMI Adapter

Angled HDMI Adapter

Ideal for slimline and wall mounted HDTVs, an angled HDMI adapter allows for neater and easier connections where there is limited space. Some are even jointed to bend and swivel adding flexibility for your connections.

Typcially connects your HDMI cable to:

  • Blu-ray & DVD players
  • HD Freeview, HD Cable and satellite
  • Home cinema systems
  • HD games consoles
  • PC's & laptops with HDMI ports

Splitter

Splitter

Use a splitter to connect multiple devices at once without needing to use various ports on your TV or to split an aerial signal for greater flexibility in your home.

Typically connects your TV or HDTV to:

  • Aerials to allow for signals to be shared between rooms

Cable Connectors

Cable Connectors

Use cable connectors such as male coaxial and female twist-on plugs for a secure and reliable link to your satellite or cable connection. They can also be used to extend your connection.

Typically connects your TV to:

  • Aerials for cable or satellite connections

Aerials

Selecting the correct aerial is vital for maximising your picture quality. You can either choose a rooftop outdoor aerial or an indoor aerial.

The best reception will always be achieved using a rooftop outdoor aerial rather than an indoor aerial. Where this is not practical, such as when you live in a flat or when you want to have a TV in a bedroom without an outdoor aerial connection socket, we recommend to check your distance from your nearest transmitter to determine which indoor aerial is most suitable.

Check your distance from your nearest transmitter below:
Distance checker

Based on your distance from the transmitter, check below to see which type of aerial is ideal for you.

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0-3 miles
from the transmitter

If your home is within 3 miles from the nearest transmitter:

Only suitable for receiving picture and sound when located in close proximity to an aerial transmitter.

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0-9 miles
from the transmitter

If your home is within 9 miles of the nearest transmitter:

Increases your chance of receiving good quality pictures and sound from your indoor aerial. Includes noise filters to minimise interference.

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0-15 miles
from the transmitter

If your home is within 15 miles of the nearest transmitter:

Maximise your chances of receiving good quality pictures and sound from your indoor aerial. Includes noise filters to minimise interference.

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15+ miles
from the transmitter

If you live further than 15 miles from a transmitter:

An outdoor aerial is recommended

3D glasses

3D TVs are a great addition to anyones home as 3D TVs have enhanced screen technology, excellent for everyday 2D viewing. There are two different types of 3D TVs; active and passive.
You can learn more in our 3D TV section

Many 3D TVs come with one or two pairs of 3D glasses, but to share the 3D experience you will need to purchase additional glasses. You first need to check if your 3D TV is active or passive and then make sure you buy the correct type of 3D glasses.

Active glasses

Active 3D gives you the Full HD experience using technology for the very best 3D picture, especially for films and gaming. Active 3D glasses can be more cumbersome than passive 3D as they require batteries but the experience is second to none.

Make sure when buying your active glasses you purchase the same brand as your TV to ensure compatability.

Active 3D glasses

Passive glasses

Passive 3D provides a great value solution for multiple viewers as the glasses are lightweight, inexpensive and comfortable. Passive 3D glasses aren’t powered so no need to recharge them or buy new batteries, unlike active 3D glasses, so simply pop on and enjoy a great 3D cinematic experience in the comfort of your own home.

Passive 3D glasses are compatable with all passive TVs regardless of the TV brand

Passive 3D glasses

Smart accessories

Make the most of the internet through your Smart TV with features including catch-up TV, social networking and web browsing.
To help maximise your Smart TV experience, check out our range of Smart TV accessories below.

WiFi Adapters

WiFi Adapters

An ideal solution if your new Smart TV is WiFi ready. Simply purchase a WiFi adapter (also known as a dongle) and plug it into your WiFi Ready Smart TV to connect wirelessly to your WiFi network.

Its important to realise you don't need a WiFi adapter if your TV already has built-in WiFi. If you need more help on connecting your Smart TV, check out our Smart TV section which includes a guide to connecting youir Smart TV.

Powerline Adpater

Powerline Adpater

To get the best Smart TV experience, you will need a strong and stable internet connection.Powerline networking gives a stronger and more consistant internet connection than WiFi alone, which can be achieved with a powerline adapter.
The powerline adapter inserts easily into any spare plug socket in your home and then uses your home’s electrical wiring to bring the internet into any room in your home, quickly and easily. It's the simplest and most reliable way to connect your Smart TV to the internet.

TV Web Cameras

TV Web Cameras

Smart TVs allow you to chat to your friends through social networking sites and over Skype too. Simply purchase a TV compatible webcam, set up, and talk to your friends from the comfort of your sofa without having to all crowd around a laptop to have a conversation.

Extra accessories

Extra accessories

To optimise your Smart TV experience we offer a range of accessories including wireless keyboards and motion sensitive remote controls to get the most out of your Smart TV.

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