Topic 2- Home Enterainment

Topic 2- Home Enterainment

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Topic 2- Home Entertainment

  • Interactive TV
  • Gaming
  • Digital Photography
  • Webcam Services
  • Social Networking
  • Music and Sound
  • Mobile Phones

Interactive TV

Digital TV offers more facilities such as:

  • Pat-to-view services
  • Interactive services

Services available through Interactive Digital TV

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  • Digital TV offers more than just better picture quality and more channels

Interactive features include:

  • Sending in comments
  • Viewing extra new stories or sporting activites
  • Booking cinema tickets
  • Playing games
  • Shopping
  • Email
  • Voting on programmes
  • Weather forecast

Disadvantages of Interactive TV:

  • Cost of subscriptions
  • Bad weather disrupting the satellite signals
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  • Faulty Equipment
  • Freezing Equipment

Pay to view services:

  • Pay-to view TV services are subscription
  • Satellite channels and other services
  • Digital terrestrail TV and other services

Online Betting or gambling

  • If you go onto any sport website on the internet you will notice the large number of online betting sites

Advantages of online betting:

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  • Can do it at home
  • Better deals online
  • Quick and easy collection
  • Don't need to travel so easier and quicker

Disadvantages of online betting:

  • Need a credit card you need to create and account with a card before you bet
  • Can become addictive
  • Will gamble more because it is not handing over the money and cannot see it

Online dating

  • There are a huge number of dating sites on the internet adn many people choose to dare this way because it offers them convenience in their busy lives

Advantages of online dating:

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  • Some people are shy so this helps to meet people
  • They are very busy and do not have time to go about and meet people
  • You can get to know them before you decide to meet them

Disadvantages of online dating:

  • Need to be careful, they are lying
  • Fake pictures
  • They may be meeting lots of other people untrustworthy

Online voting


The X Factor, Britians Got Talent, The Voice, Strictly Come Dancing, Got To Dance

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Advantages of Online Voting:

  • Encourages more people to vote
  • Cheaper because people not needed to count votes
  • Results would be obtained faster
  • People who are away can vote

Disadvantages of Online Voting:

  • Not everyone has internet
  • Would have high initial cost


  • Computers and computer consoles are used for the playing of games from chess to fast action games
  • Games can also be educational as children can learn through games
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For fast action computer games it is neccessary to use:

  • A fast processor
  • A large screen
  • A large amount of RAM
  • Good security systems
  • A disk drive with plenty of storage capacity
  • A high quality graphics card

Advantages of computer games:

  • Young children can learn from them
  • They can make learning fun
  • Some are played online as a team, so encourages teamwork
  • Can meet people from all over the world
  • Can play with relatives from different parts of the world
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Disadvantages of computer games:

  • They can be addictive
  • They are often sedentary activity where little physical activity takes place and this can lead to obesity
  • They can be voilent and some people think that can cause teenagers to act voilently
  • They waste time
  • Health problems

Digital Photography

Digital Photography is popular because:


  • It is cheap as there is no film to develop
  • Photos can be shared by attaching them to emails
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  • Photos can be sent via mobile phones
  • Photos can be passed to social networking site such as Facebook
  • Photos can be edited

Photo editing software:

  • Copy party of an image
  • Add text
  • Re-Size
  • Crop
  • Remove red eye
  • Altar the file format
  • Apply filters

How is digital image made up?:

  • Mega pixels
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The number of pixels a digital camera can detect is measured in mega pixels

  • Generally, the more mega pixels there are, the better the quality of the picture
  • However increasing the number of mega pixels in a n image decreases the number of photographs that you can store on the memory card

Storing digital photographs

  • SD card secure digital
  • Compact flash (CF) cards
  • Memory Sticks

Output devices used in digital photography:

  • The main output device id the LCD screen where you view the image if it blurred, someone has three eyes closed or is pulling a strange face; you can delete it and take it again. Other output devices include:
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  • A computer screen
  • A printable(ink- jet printers are the best type for printing photographs)
  • A TV (some TV's have memory card readers)
  • The screen of a mobile phones
  • A digital photographic frame

Webcam uses:

  • Distance learning
  • Ability to allow parents to check on their children in a nursery
  • Security purposes
  • Checking the weather in another part of the world
  • Video Conferencing

Disadvantages of webcams:

  • Sometimes webcames sites shown inappropraite content
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  • Webcams in combination with chat rooms have been used by paediohiles
  • Terrorists have used webcams services to promote terrorism
  • Signal to webcams isn't always good so camera can freeze
  • People can hack into websites displaying webcams
  • Invasion on personal privacy

Socail Networking

Sites such as Myspace, Bebo, Twitter, etc, offer a variety of services such as:

  • Email
  • Bulletins
  • Blogs
  • Friend comments
  • Photographs
  • Groups
  • Videos
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Disadvantages of Socail Networking sites:

  • Many emplyers and schools ban their use because some people get addicted to them and spend too much time on them
  • Paedophiles have been known to surf networking site pages for their next victim
  • Many young people share too much information on these sites and they do not realize that their teachers, potential employers, etc, can view the information
  • There is a danger of identity theft
  • You have to be onn all the sites your friends use if you want to take advantages of the services they offer

Music and Sound

  • Downloads are where you transfer files from a website and then store them on your computer and portable music player
  • You can listen to the radio using the internet
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  • Downloads have become very popular owing to:
  • The ease with which they can be obtained, e.g. 24/7
  • The ability to just download tracks what you want- you do not need to buy the the whole album
  • You can still burn tracks to a CD provided they are only for a personal use
  • The ease with which they can be loaded on to portable players such as IPods, MP3 players and mobile phones

There are a number of problems with downloading including:

  • Viruses could be introduced
  • Many people use file sharing to avoid having to pay for download music tracks
  • People who use downloaded music or films illegally could be cut off from the internt by their internet service providers
  • You do not have a physical CD that can be sold at a car boot sale or on E-Bay
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Listening to the radio online:

  • Many people like to listen to the radio whilst working on their computer. You can listen to the radio online using the internet and there is a huge choice of stations

Advantages of Internet Radio:

  • The quality of the sound is good and the is no aerial to adjust
  • You can listen to the radio stations from around the world
  • You can listen to programmes you missed

Disadvantages of Internet Radio:

  • You need a broadband connection
  • The service is not completly reliable
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Mobile Phones:

  • More uses are being found for them all the time

Services obtained through Mobile Phones:

  • Here are some of the services available through mobile phone:
  • Send and receive text messages
  • Make phone calls
  • Take digital photographs
  • Take short video clips
  • Surf the internet
  • Watch live TV
  • Send and receive emails
  • Downloads and listen to music
  • Downloads and play games
  • Send picture message
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  • Play videos
  • GPS ( use your mobile phone as a satellite navigation system)
  • Using social networking sites

Advantages of Mobile Phones:

  • You can be contacted in case of an emergency
  • Plans can be changed at the last minute
  • Parents like children to have a mobile phone as they feel safer

Disadvantages of Mobile Phones:

  • Many people use their phones when walking along and this has caused accidents
  • Calls can distrub other people in the cinema, theatre, cafes, etc
  • Many people still use hand-held phones when driving, which is dangerous and illegal
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