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When a new television arrives at home, we have to spend a few minutes setting it up and adapting it to our tastes and needs. It is about carrying out a series of steps, which are no longer limited to just tuning the channels. In the case of Android TV or Google TV we have a highly customizable home screen that we can adapt to our needs.

That is what we are going to see in this tutorial: how adapt the home screen to our liking of our television changing the look and all the suggestions it offers, either the initial banner or even the row with the existing TV channels. You just need a little patience and have everything clear before getting down to work.

Organize channels and apps

The best thing about this system is that transform the television and adapt the screen to our likingit will only require a few movements with the buttons on the remote control.

The first step is to go to the menu “Settings”which in this case and on the television that I use as a sample, appears located in the upper right part with the icon of a cogwheel.

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Once inside the settings, we must search among the different options, a section with the title “Device Preferences” or other similar. The goal is to get to the interface settings that appear within a subsection titled “Home Screen.” If they are not these exact names, it is most likely that they use other very similar ones.

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At this point The first thing we will do is organize the applications and recommendations. In the case of Android TV or Google TV, these are represented by bands with different options and apps, some of which always appear and others are displayed depending on the services to which we are subscribed. So we can have fixed ones like Google Play Store, YouTube… or those that can vary like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+…


Of the different options we look at “Customize channels”a place where moving check box We can choose the applications and suggestions that appear on the home screen in the form of different rows that we will see if we move to the bottom. We will see that these rows correspond to the applications and channels that we have marked.

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In all these channels it may be the case that within some we have more options and in others we can find that they are empty. On YouTube we have the field “Subscriptions”, “Trending”, “Recommended” and “YouTube Music”… and in others we have no other options than the main one. It is about choosing those that adapt to what we want to be displayed on the screen.


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We can also activate the “My List” option, a bar like a catch-all with the latest we’ve seen and that, depending on our use, what it does is group the content we’ve been accessing in one place.

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This is the My List row with the options we have checked

We can even add programs or content from the different rows to “My list” to have everything under control in one place. Simply hold down the “OK” button on the remote control until you see the menu with the option “Add to My List”.

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For a more personal touch, we can also arrange the channels which are then displayed in the rows from the screen. In all these channels it may be the case that within some we have more options and in others we can find that they are empty.

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We can also change the banner that appears at the top and the content it displays. Just go back to the section “Starting screen” within the “Settings” and look at the two options that it shows: “Enable video previews” Y “Enable previews with audio”. We can activate or deactivate any of them to make more or less content appear on the screen.

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Under these options, in “Discover”there is the possibility of “Customize services” Y “Content Preferences”. With the first, what we do is tell the TV which platforms we want to be shown in the initial banner.

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With “Content Preferences” We are going to indicate what type of content from these platforms we want to be displayed and for this we have a rating system so that content related to what we have been marking is displayed or not.

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We choose what type of similar content we want to see more or less

Under these options appears the possibility of “Rearrange apps” Y “Rearrange Games”. Both functions are the same and what they offer is to establish the order of the apps in the “Applications” tab.

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Tidying up the screen even more

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We can even go a step further and with all the apps already organized to show what we want to see, we can give it an order organizing those rows at will. To do this, simply go to the main screen and in any row reach the first box and then press the left directional button again on the remote control until you see two arrows (up and down) and the word move. We can now organize that row, if we want it to appear before or after.

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We can also organize an application in the row of applications so that they have a certain order and that they appear before or after. To do this, we leave the central control button of the remote control by clicking on an app until we see the option to move. At that point we can take it wherever we want in the application bar and if we want to add another one, we just have to go to the right in the row and in more applications, choose the one we want to add to the group of applications that already make up the row.

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Equally, if in the row of applications we want to add another one that we have installed and it does not appear, it is enough to go to the right of the row and in more applications, choose the one that we want to add to the group of applications that already make up the row.

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With all those options we can adapt the home screen of a television with Android TV or Google TV to our liking so that it shows only the content that interests us and that it also does so in the proper order.

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LG’s technology that mixed plasma and LED

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From 1997 to a good part of the first decade of the 2000s, plasma televisions conquered the high end for a long time. It was the most coveted technology when the user wanted to opt for a panel with the best image quality during that time. However, as we already mentioned in our article about these televisions, the LCD was little by little eating the toastsince its technology was evolving by leaps and bounds.

One of the most noticeable advantages of the LCD was also its lower electrical consumption, thus generating less heat and increasing its useful life. LG wanted to continue betting heavily on plasma televisions, although the manufacturer had to solve the problem of consumption and other aspects if they did not want to abandon the technology. This is how PLED panels were born in 2012.

PLED, an exclusive LG plasma vitamin

PLED comes from the acronym in English Pixel Light Emitting Display. According to the company, this technology brought the best of plasma and the best of LED televisionscombining both Technologys to try to offer a higher image quality, also drastically reducing power consumption at LCD panel values ​​at the time.

When used, a PLED panel is like a vitaminized plasma panel. That is why it is good to remember how plasma panels work to explain their differences. And it is that the screen of a plasma television is formed by two layers of glass between which there are small cells with Xenon and Neon gas which, when excited by an electrical impulse, become plasma, causing the internal phosphor coating of the cell to glow.

What the PLED panel does compared to the plasma is reduce those cells, making each subpixel in a separate cell. This causes the gases to be at a much higher concentration. The cells also contain a denser layer of phosphor.

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This concentration means that much less electrical energy is needed to generate the plasma inside each cell. In this way the first advantages of PLED: Its electrical consumption is less than that of conventional plasma and is quite close to what LCD televisions consume.

By consuming less, it also generates less heat and its wear is less. Put at maximum power, a plasma television lasts around 50,000 hours before it starts to degrade. This figure is usually prorated with respect to what would be normal domestic consumption. The resulting figure is about 100,000 hours, which is the figure we all know.


In the case of pledthe highest concentration of Xenon and phosphor increases its useful life up to 80,000 hours of extreme use (as in an airport panel, for example) or 160,000 in a home.


Another of the advantages that PLED continues to maintain from plasma televisions are its self-emissive LEDs. In this way, each pixel can be turned on and off without being subjected to backlighting from a panel of LEDs on the back of the TV. This technology is similar to OLED, although they are not organic LED diodes.

This advantage makes PLED and plasma have better contrast than an LED panel. However, PLED also has an advantage over plasma: its screen is completely matte, reducing the reflection that can be generated by any point of light in the environment. And it is that by the very nature of plasma panels, its glass must always be bright. Sometimes this glare was reduced with anti-reflective coatings, but this diminished the glare emanating from the panel.

PLED also shares the advantages of LED panels

Although we are clear that PLED is like a kind of ‘super plasma’, this technology also includes characteristics of LED televisions, such as electronic image processing, this being the same as that of an LED panel. This eliminates the ‘motion blur’ sensation of plasma TVs in high-speed images, since like LED technology, PLEDs also have three image processors that interleave frames.


Despite the reduction in consumption, PLED screens continued to consume slightly more than LCD panels. In addition, they share the same problem as plasma screens: the ‘burn’ effect when playing still images for a long time.

The OLED was peeking around the corner

Although it was a great advance over plasma panels, the technology did not fully catch on. In addition, they were presented in a context in which the OLED was taking more and more shape (although they were still very expensive to produce) and LCD-LED panels were much cheaper to produce. In addition, with these Technologys the use of elements such as phosphorus and gases was completely eliminated, depending more and more on electronic and digital processing.

In fact, if you asked LG at the time what panels were going to be the future, the company was quick to respond with OLED. And indeed, today it is the technology in which LG has bet the most in recent years.

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tricks, tips, direct streaming and furniture purchases from TV

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A couple of years ago Movistar decided to include in its Movistar Plus+ on-demand television platform a series of applications called Living Apps, which allow enjoy different services and content.

They’re available without having to download them from any application store and accessible directly from the decoder menu as long as we have a UHD or UHD Smart WiFi model.

Now the operator has decided expand your collection of Living Apps with a new one focused on decoration and style in the home, for which it has opted for IKEA as a specialist in this type of task.

An app to bring IKEA experts to your TV


The app is already available in Movistar Plus+ and according to those responsible, it is designed to “inspire you with the best accessories and decoration fashions for this new season”

To do this, once we have accessed by first going to the main menucoming into “Apps” and subsequently looking for the “IKEA”we will be shown content related to furniture and decoration with interior design trends, tricks to give old furniture another life and varied content to prepare the home for the changes of season.


Although for the moment the contents are not very abundant, presumably they will add more over time, there will be Live videos with brand professionalsa chat where you can ask questions and you can even buy different products directly from the decoder by scanning a QR code on the mobile.


For example, within the IKEA Living App there are sections like “Always Something New” where it is possible to know the new products of the manufacturer for this new season, “IKEA Wellness”a space that they say is designed to enhance comfort at home and “Homes with Psychology”seven episodes dedicated to specific rooms in the house.


There are also other sections for DIY lovers such as “Decorating Ideas and Advice”, Ready in a Pis Pas”with tips for organizing the environment or “Easy Tricks” to get the most out of the rooms.

In addition, through the section “IKEA Live”it is possible to access their shopping events broadcast live in streaming starring interior designers in their establishments that will also be available later to see them deferred whenever we want.

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so you can configure this useful help

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Although our star use is to set timers, music or ask for the time and time, you can ask Alexa for many more things, some as useful as serving as a guardian in your day-to-day life: perhaps if you have left a tap running, if it the washing machine or dishwasher has finished. If you did not know or are not very sure how to make Alexa act on beeps or water, keep reading.

A little over a year ago, Amazon added a series of most useful improvements and functionalities for the home: the audible and in-person detection capabilities. Specifically, we refer to this pair of algorithms:

  • Water Running or running water detection. Thus, by listening to the environment, it is able to find out if there is water running around the equipment, for example because we have left a tap open or because there is a leak.
  • Appliance Beeping Detection. In this case, it refers to the ability of the assistant to listen to the different beeps produced by your electrical appliances when they finish their functions, thus allowing us to act accordingly.

What happens at that moment? If you have developed the corresponding routine, you will receive a message on your mobile. In the first case, it is also possible to program a notice that warns that we are spending more water than normal brushing our teeth, for example. The second is especially useful with household appliances that do not have to be smart, such as microwaves, ovens, refrigerators. So, if you leave the fridge open, Alexa will tell you goat.

How to configure these functions

To benefit from these functions it is necessary to go to the section of the Alexa routines from the application. There you can configure the routine you want so that Alexa executes automatic actions for daily milestones, for example, that the washing machine program has finished.


In the Amazon Alexa application, tap on Further, which you will find in the lower right corner. There select routines and click on the “+” in the upper right corner to create a new Routine.

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There are four steps. The first is to name it. After in “When” Choose “sound detection“. Within that option you will see both options beyond the beep or the water such as snoring, crying baby, coughing or barking dog that can give you new ideas, for example a lullaby sounds when your little one cries. Then choose which device and in what time range. Finally you will have to add the action you want. So, if you want it to reach your mobile, choose “Notification” (yes, you will have to have the notifications of said application activated). However, in “alexa says” You could also choose what the Amazon voice assistant’s response would be by simply typing it in “Custom”.

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