How to Mount Your Flat Screen TV

Mounted TV

Mounting a TV on the wall frees up space in the home and gives a much cleaner appearance, but it can be an intimidating task. To help you out, we have put together a how-to guide with tips to mounting your TV so you can avoid the most common mistakes.

Things you should know before you get started. . .


  • Be sure you have all the necessary hardware, mounting kit, and cables required to complete the installation.
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions for both the TV and the wall mount. If you have not purchased a wall-mounting bracket yet, check your TV’s owner manual for mounting guidelines. Always check the screen size and the weight that a bracket can hold.
  • Think about what you want your bracket to be able to do as well. You may want to get a bracket that enables you to swivel your TV left and right to avoid glare, or get a better view from different seats.
  • Decide whether you will leave the cables showing or hide them in the wall behind your TV.
  • Arrange to have at least one other person present to help you hang the TV on the wall bracket.
  • Determine the best wall location for mounting your TV. Check for a location with no glare and good visibility from all sitting areas in the room. For optimal viewing, plan to mount your TV at a height on the wall that corresponds to the viewers eye level when seated.
  • Choose a location that is also close to an electrical outlet and measure the length of the TV’s power cord to be sure it will reach. Please see the safety tips section below for additional requirements on choosing the optimal place to mount your TV.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure the area behind the wall where the TV will hang is clear of obstructions by using a cable-wire tester/locator before drilling. This will avoid damage to house wiring.
  • Turn off power in the area you will be drilling/cutting to avoid electric shock.
  • Make sure that you understand local building and fire codes. If you are routing cables inside your wall, use models that are rated for in-wall installation. Do NOT route cables through your wall that lack this safety rating. If you want to keep cables not rated for in-wall hidden, you will need to hire an electrician or purchase an easy-to-install cable management raceway, which will hide your cables on the outside of the wall.

Get started . . .

Step 1

  • Attach the TV mounting bracket to the television.  If there is a stand on your TV frame, remove it by unbolting it.
  • Locate your mounting holes on the back of your TV. Most flat panel TVs do not have their mounting holes exposed. If necessary, use a screwdriver to pry off the plastic caps that cover the holes.
  • The TV portion of the bracket comes in two pieces. Make sure you line up the screw holes on each side so that the mount is level. Attach the mounting arms to the mounting holes on TV, using the bolts provided with your mounting kit. Do not use a power drill for this and be careful not to over-tighten.
  • Set your TV to the side. It’s best to not keep your TV lying face-down as this could cause damage to your screen.

Step 2

Note: Not all brackets are mountable on concrete or brick, and only some will include the appropriate hardware. You may need to order additional materials from the manufacturer or purchase some supplies from your local hardware store, such as concrete wall anchors. Be sure to follow the instructions in the owner’s manual.

  • Use a stud finder to locate nearby studs at your mounting location. To safely and securely mount your TV to the wall, you’ll need to drill the bracket into these wooden studs. Once you have located each stud, mark the center of each with a pencil or masking tape.
  • Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes on each TV mounting arm. Mark two points in the center of each wall stud, corresponding to these holes. Use a level to verify that the bracket is level before securing it to the wall.
  • Have your helper keep it stable while you screw it into the wall to make sure it stays level. After securing the bracket to the wall, check the level again. NOTE:  Do not use hollow-wall anchors as they CANNOT support TV wall mounts.

Step 3

  • Connect the cables. If you are attaching your TV to a fixed mount laying flat on the wall, you may find it easier to connect the cables to the television before attaching to wall bracket.
  • Be sure the TV and any attached devices are unplugged.
  • Have someone help you hold the television up to the wall mount. Attach the audio and video to the television per the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • If you route your cables along the outside of your wall, you’ll want to keep the power and A/V cables separate to avoid interference. Don’t bundle them together, and try to keep a couple of inches of distance between them throughout the run. Some cable management raceways include two separate wiring channels for this purpose.
  • If you are going to run the A/V cables inside the wall, follow these instructions:
    • Shut off the power to the area you’re working in.
    • You’ll need to cut holes for the A/V cables to enter and exit the wall. Use your stud finder to check for obstacles behind the wall, then drill a pilot hole. This is a small exploratory hole, drilled in the center of the space. Use caution when drilling pilot holes, so you don’t plunge your bit into a pipe or electrical conduit. Next, insert a sturdy wire (such as a bent coat hanger) into the pilot hole, and explore the space behind the wall where you’d like to cut. You should also explore nearby crawlspaces or review your electrical and plumbing plans (available from your builder) to make sure you know what’s behind the drywall before you cut. Don’t cut unless you know that the area behind the wall is clear.
    • When cutting drywall, use a hand-held drywall saw (not an electric one) and cut slowly. Cut the drywall in one piece, on an inward slant, so that it’s easier to patch later if necessary.

Step 4

  • Hang the TV. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ALONE.  You will need another person to help you lift and secure to the bracket.
  • Lock the TV mounting arms onto the wall bracket plate. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure the connections.
  • Confirm that every point of connection is locked down securely. Test your installation with a few light tugs.
  • If your bracket allows for tilting or swiveling, make those adjustments.
  • Test and troubleshoot connections and TV functions to be sure they all work. Make adjustments as necessary.

Step 5

  • Sit back and relax, you’re done!

Not comfortable with mounting your television yourself? No worries, just call a professional.  P.C. Richard & Son has professional electronic installers available in the NY, NJ, PA and CT areas.  Learn more about our installation packages here.


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Introducing Samsung OLED TV


You won’t believe your eyes! Now you can enjoy true-to-life color, ultimate contrast and blur-free motion thanks to a remarkable leap forward in picture quality technology. . . OLED technology! Why does the new Samsung OLED TV look like nothing you’ve ever seen before? Well, because you never have… and here’s why!

Breakthrough OLED Technology

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. It sounds like a slight variation on the traditional LED, bet OLED displays are completely different from LED backlit LCD displays. LED’s rely on an LCD filter to turn on an individual subpixel on or off, while OLED pixels are independently lit, so they don’t require backlighting filters to function. Basically, an OLED subpixel is comprised of a thin layer of organic carbon-based compounds sandwiched between two electrodes. When electricity passes from one electrode to the other, it excites the sandwich layer of organic materials, which causes the compound to emit light. Millions of self-lighting pixels illuminate individually to express true-to-life color, sharper contrast and clearer images compared to conventional TVs.

Real Color

OLED has a much wider range of color than conventional TVs and is very close to DCI movie theater standard. With this richer and more authentic color palette than the current LED technology, OLED TVs display incredibly vibrant and gorgeous colors with incredible accuracy.

Infinite Contrast

Experience a more lifelike picture with a contrast ratio that’s far greater than that of current LED TVs.  OLED can offer deep blacks and pure whites because it has the ability to turn off individual pixels. Plasma TVs have this same ability, only OLED does it much better. The way plasma TVs are constructed causes a small amount of ambient light to be refracted out to the viewer; OLED displays don’t have this problem, giving you a picture that is as authentic as anything you’ve ever seen.

Virtually Blur-Free Motion Clarity

OLED currently offers the fastest response time of any TV technology in use today, because the displays are so fast you don’t see any motion blur. You can enjoy pictures that are so crisp you’ll feel like you’re a part of every movie, show or sporting event you watch. From subtle motion to fast-paced action it’s incredibly sharp.

Notable Features:

·         Timeless Arena Design. Samsung OLED TVs bring beauty into any space with a timeless curved design that draws you into the picture and a minimalistic elegance that’s stunning while on or off.

·         Two TVs are better in one. Forget Picture-in- Picture; share the TV without compromise with MultiView. Now two people can watch two different shows at the same time – both in full HD or 3D – by wearing 3D glasses with built-in personal stereo sound. You will only see what you’re watching while your partener only sees what they want to watch!

·         One Connect. Merge all your connections into a single cable with the One Connect box to reduce cord clutter and enjoy a sleek design with a “clean back” finish. Don’t worry about next year’s TV model being eons ahead of this one; One Connect also lets you easily update your TV’s software so it stays innovative year after year.

·         The new Samsung Smart Hub can help you navigate easily through live programs, streaming content, social networks, apps and more. Not sure what to watch? Just ask your TV – it will recommend something just for you.

You can see a live demonstration of the Samsung OLED TV at select P.C. Richard & Son Superstores Click here to learn more and stop by see for yourself how truly amazing this technology is!

Samsung OLED TV Commercial: Life in Every Pixel


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What You Need To Know About 4K Ultra HD


Just when you figured out the differences between LCD, LED, plasma, and 3D, here comes something new to learn, 4K Ultra HD. This new technology is the talk of the town right now and for good reason. If you have been a little curious about all the hype surrounding 4K read on and let us know what you think about 4K Ultra HD.

What exactly is 4K?

4K Ultra HD, 4K’s official consumer label, refers to horizontal resolution instead of vertical, which are all on the order of 4,000 pixels. 4K screens deliver an 8 mega pixel image from Hi-res cameras. Full HDTVs offer an image around 2 megapixels.  Having so many pixels of detail, 4096 x 2160 Pixels, will increase the draw distance in 4K display giving it more depth than 2K.

A little history . . .

4K resolution started in Hollywood. In March 2002 the big film studios got together to form the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) to establish a standard architecture for digital cinema systems.

Part of DCI’s work was to establish standards that cinemas should meet in converting to digital. Within these standards was the stipulation that the projectors installed must deliver a 2K or 4K resolution.

Sony, the only member of the DCI with experience in hardware and filmmaking, focused their energy on producing 4K projectors, with the first 4K projector being installed in a cinema in 2006. 

The DCI initiative has been very effective, there are more than 20,000 4K projectors globally, with 40% of all US commercial screens now using 4K digital projectors. This growth rate is only increasing and 4K is here to stay in the cinema world.

Why should you consider a 4K Ultra HD TV for yourself?

  • With an already high number, and growing quickly, of 4K-capable cinemas more and more films are being converted into 4K digital masters. It’s not just films that are being converted, more and more television shows are being shot in 4k as well.
  • 4K is much closer to at home cinema feel than 2k. It is the only way you can see almost exactly what the people who created the film wanted you to see, which makes it irresistible to serious film fans.
  • Detail. 4K delivers detail that 2k and Full HD can’t touch. 4K resolution is in a completely different league to 1080p (Full HD) or 2k, having 4096 x 2160 pixels to work with lets displays reproduce subtle details and even texture. So many pixels of detail increases the draw distance of pictures and the images appear 3D to the viewer when they are not.
  • 4K TVs include a format called xvYcc, which allows them to show a wider range of colors than current TVs.
  • Fantastic for sporting events. 4K Ultra HD allows you to zoom in much closer to the action, without losing so much clarity. Great for the viewer at home and for the referees making key calls during game time.
  • Not as expensive as you think Sony’s 55” and 65” Class 4k Ultra HD 3D Ready LED TV’s are mainstreamed sized screens at modest prices.


Bottom line is this technology will make you smile simply because it is so impressive. The picture is beyond fantastic compared to anything we have now. The colors will amaze you and you will see detail and texture on images that you have never seen before. 4K Ultra HD is awesome. If you don’t believe so just stop into one of our P.C. Richard & Son superstores and view it with your own eyes; you may want to bring some popcorn.



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5 Points to keep in Mind When Shopping For a TV

With so many different options in television viewing, it’s hard to choose what is best for you. There are 5 points you should keep in mind when shopping for a TV to help make the decision making process easier.



The most important thing to consider when shopping for the right TV is your budget; how much you are willing to spend will determine how many choices you actually have. Before you enter a store it’s good to have this budget in mind. If your budget is from $100-$250 your selection and screen sizes choose from will be smaller. You will also be limited to LCD and LED panels; but that’s not a bad thing! LCD and LED are the most popular TV panels out there. If you increase your budget to $500,  you also increase the screen sizes in your selection. You’ll not only be deciding between LCD and LED panels anymore, but plasma as well. Increase your budget to $1000 and you will have a much larger selection and choices, including  60” + screens and 3D ready options. The larger the budget, the larger the selection.

Screen Size

When deciding on screen size, consider the viewing distance, picture quality, and of course your budget. Viewing distance is the distance between your television and where you and your guests would normally sit when watching TV. Televisions today offer a much better picture quality than older models, which means you will want to sit a little closer, but not so close that you start noticing pixels on the screen! An easy way to figure out the right screen size is to take the viewing distance by inches, and divide that by 3 and that will give you the minimum screen size; take the viewing distance and divide it by 1.5 and you will get your maximum screen size.

Example: If you want your TV 12 feet (144 inches) from your couch,  your minimum screen size would be 48” (144 divided by 3) and the maximum screen size would be 96” (144 divided by 1.5)

48” to 96” is a fairly big range, but this is where your budget comes in. Larger screens will obviously cost more money and may not be what you need; with a little thought you can select a TV within your budget and size requirements. The next thing you will need to consider is picture quality.

Picture Quality & Screen Resolution

Screen resolution is the main reason high-definition TV pictures look so much sharper and clearer than regular TV. Resolution is measured in pixels; the more pixels, the higher the resolution. Today’s HDTVs offer one to two million pixels; that’s about six times more than the old-fashioned models, which had around 300,000 pixels. All those additional pixels mean a big leap in picture quality from then to now.

When understanding TV screen resolution you might ask: what  does 1080p mean? TV technology has advanced, and progressive scanning was established. This is what the “p” in 1080p stands for, as opposed to 1080i, where the “i” stands for interlacing. A TV that’s 1080p doesn’t display a picture using odd and even lines, but rather the entire image is seen at once, similar to movie films. The 1080 refers to the resolution of the TV set. While the old television sets used to display 576 horizon lines, the new digital HDTV sets boast 720 or 1080 lines that make up the image displayed, which gives a higher resolution. You will find the picture to be sharper and clearer.

TV Type:

There are many different types of display you could choose from, knowing the differences between them helps to make the decision process easier. You may have heard terms LCDLEDPlasma, OLED, 4K, and Laser Display, but what does it mean? Check out the chart below for the breakdown of these various types of TV display.



TV Features

  • 3D – most buyers are still shopping 2D TV. You may not be sold on 3D either, but chances are you may look at some 3D televisions anyway. If you decide to purchase a TV that supports 3D, your next question will be; “What is passive or active 3D?”
    • Passive 3D is similar to what you would experience in a movie theater. Two images are displayed simultaneously on the screen, while polarized glasses filter the correct image to each eye, producing a 3D effect. This approach produces a brighter overall picture and better odd-angle viewing than active 3D.
    • Active 3D glasses use battery-powered LCD lenses to block each eye in sync with a TV that alternates showing right- and left-eye images, creating a 3D effect. Since each eye sees a full-resolution 1080p frame, active 3D has a higher resolution than passive 3D.
  • Full-array with local dimming – Improves picture quality with much better black levels and a more uniform picture across the LCD panel. While the cost of the TV may increase, the improved picture quality is worth the price.
  • Edge-lit with local dimming – A thinner and lighter TV build, with the benefits of local dimming. Results in darker black levels when compared to edge-lit without local dimming.
  • Smart TVs have one or more of the following features:
    • Video Playback
    • Apps & Games
    • PVR/DVR Functionality
    • Gesture & Voice Control
    • Social Networking
    • Web Browsing
    • Smartphone Connectivity

I hope this post has helped to answer some question about television sets today. Remember to set a budget, think about where the TV will be displayed, and what expectations you may have for your new TV before you begin to shop. At P.C. Richard & Son, we have the largest display and selection of TVs. Find your perfect match today!


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Win a Houseful of Products from Samsung! – $10,000 in Prizes

Isn’t it time to give some appliances, TVs & electronics in your home an overhaul, and join the 21st century? With our House Full of Samsung sweepstakes, you’ll be able to watch 3D TV, stay connected on a slim Galaxy Tab tablet device, upload pictures from your digital camera over the air, put a modern spin on clothes washing and more! We’re bringing 1 lucky winner over $10,000 in prizes that include:

How to Enter

This contest is open to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania residents over the age of 18. Entering is simple and there’s no purchase necessary. To enter, stop into your nearest P.C. Richard & Son store during regular business hours and locate the promotional displays at Point of Sale terminals throughout the store; and/or ask a P.C. Richard & Son employee to assist you in entering the sweepstakes. At the counter, there will be a computer where you can access the electronic entry form and follow the directions to complete it. You have until November 30, 2011 to enter.

For more details, further rules, and more ways to enter, check out the official rules page. Actual product models may vary. Good luck!


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Save Money with Sony 3DTV & Sharp Quattron Bundles

Now for a limited time, you can cash in on an amazing Sony 3DTV offer we’re running. If you haven’t bought a 3DTV yet, now is the time! You can get everything you need for just $2429.97. That saves you $1239.92 compared to if you bought each piece separately!

New... Sony 3D HDTV Package

With this 3DTV starter package, you get:

If you add the 3DTV to your cart, the other items will be automatically added for free.

You can also save up to $800 on Sharp Aquos Quattron TVs! We’ve written a blog post all about their quad-pixel technology before, but here is what we’re offering until July 10. Click on the size TV you’re interested in to go to the product page:

Save up to $800 on Sharp Aquos Quattron HDTVs
40 Inch Quattron LED HDTV
46 Inch Quattron LED HDTV
52 Inch Quattron LED HDTV
60 Inch Quattron LED HDTV
Plus free Blu-ray Disc Player with the purchase of select Quattron LED HDTVs
24 Months Special Financing. See Details


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America’s first live 3D hockey game to be broadcasted on iO

Hockey fans that own a 3D TV will be able to watch the Rangers vs. Islanders game at Madison Square Garden live on iO channel 1300 in full 3D. In order to experience the 3D broadcast, you’ll need an HD Scientific Atlantic cable box from Cablevision and a high-quality HDMI 1.3 or 1.4 cable. Don’t forget 3D glasses for each viewer, too!

This marks the beginning of 3D broadcasting, and we’re excited to see how it will evolve. How do you think 3D TV is going to impact the way shows are shot, if at all? Let us know in the comments.


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Samsung 3D Blu-Ray Player

Until broadcasting and the PlayStation 3 catches up to 3D technology late this year, you’ll need a 3D Blu-ray player to experience the full 3D experience on your 3D TV. This isn’t your old Blu-ray player; this machine not only supports 3D technology, but apps like Pandora, Netflix, Blockbuster, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and more. You can stream video, play games, and wirelessly access pictures and music from your PC through the built-in Wi-Fi. This player makes you able to turn your 3D setup into your media headquarters.

But back to the Blu-ray playing capabilities: this device has an Ultra Fast Play feature that plays your disc the moment you insert it. The full HD 1080p picture quality, 3D depth and vivid dimension will take your breath away. 1080p Up-conversion optimizes resolution for better viewing, too.

One of the most exciting new features to be put into this player is that it’s BD-Live ready, allowing you to get more out of your Blu-ray disc than what’s on it. You can download images and subtitles, text-chat with friends during a movie, or play against others in online trivia games to unlock exclusive video content and earn discounts on other products.

Check out the Samsung 3D Blu-ray Disc Player here.


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