6 tips for watching football at home
The FIFA World Cup is just around the corner – time once again for enjoyable evenings of football at home with friends in front of the TV. We have put together six tips on how to use the latest technology options – surprise your friends and family with perfect football coverage.
If you are going to invite a crowd of people to watch football, you may need to give a little thought to rearranging your living room so that everyone can see well. Think about the position of your TV in particular: position your TV so that as little sunlight as possible reflects directly on the screen. The worst option is usually when the TV is opposite the window and the sun behind the viewer hits the screen directly. You should also make sure that floor lamps and reading lamps do not shine on the TV. If it is not possible to position the TV perfectly, you can still darken the room using blinds or curtains.
Offer your audience the best possible picture quality and watch the FIFA World Cup in UHD and HDR. For the very first time, if you watch the SRG channels (SRF zwei, RTS deux and RSI LA 2) on Swisscom TV, you can follow the World Cup matches in UHD or HDR. While UHD quadruples the number of pixels compared to HD, HDR provides more than 15 times greater contrast and significantly better colour definition. As well as making the pictures sharper, it also adds perceptible depth for the first time. In order to watch the FIFA World Cup in this quality, you simply need a UHD-compatible Swisscom TV-Box and the corresponding TV set.
We provide details here on the type of TV you need for HDR.
The improvements in image resolution mean you also need to think about how far away you sit from the TV. The perfect position: far enough from the TV that you can’t see the individual pixels, but close enough to see every detail. How to achieve that?
You will find lots of tips and opinions on the Internet. These three rules may serve as a starting point for you:
Distance for standard resolution: Multiply the diagonal screen size x 3. E.g. 140 cm (55 inch) * 3 = distance of 4.20 metres
Distance for Full-HD TVs: Multiply the diagonal screen size x 2.1.
Distance for UHD-compatible TVs: Multiply the diagonal screen size x 1.5.
Bear in mind that the correct distance is still subjective. In general, however, the better the resolution, the closer you can sit to the TV. So now you can definitely forget the old adage that you’ll end up with “square eyes” by sitting too close to the TV.
One thing is certain: when it comes to the FIFA World Cup, all of your friends suddenly become football experts. To help you keep up with the expert analysis, Swisscom has launched a World Cup Dossier on Swisscom TV. Available as a separate tile in the theme worlds, it provides you with in-depth background information before and during the game. With editorial background reports from bluewin.ch, information on team formations, details on individual players or the progress of the tournament, you can make your point in any discussion.
Some of you like them and some of you would rather mute them: the TV commentators are as hotly debated as the controversial refereeing decisions. Would you like to switch off the commentary but still hear the fans singing and the atmosphere in the stadium? If you use a surround sound system for your TV and the match channel transmits with Dolby Digital 5.1., you can turn the volume on the central speaker to the lowest level. This is normally used for the commentary, so it becomes much quieter or even muted. Remember, however, that changing your sound settings will also affect the other programmes you watch.