My First Blog Post

  • By fishermusic
  • 07 Feb, 2017

It’s official, I have a blog and I know how to use it.

I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.
By fishermusic 02 Sep, 2017
 I was browsing YouTube recently, and I came across a video that I found myself agreeing with. This video does a pretty good job in explaining where our electronics industry is today,  before I even get into any detail, it would be best for you to take a look HERE .

 Now that you have watched the video, you may have a entirely new understanding about your electronics, and the current state this industry is in.   As an installer, technician, and salesperson,  I recognized this video shows exactly what I have seen over the last five to ten years.   I hope this video and article help shed some light on why your equipment (regardless if it's an appliance or TV) has had a problem so soon after being purchased.  My goal is to help shed some light on this for consumers.  Our shop receives frequent phone calls from consumers asking about a problem with their TVs, and why they have failed when they were as new as only 1, or 2 or 3 years old.  The simple truth is most television brands today are not made as well as TVs manufactured 10, 20 or 30 years ago.  From reading reviews, and other sources it appears this is pretty much true for appliances as well. 

 After watching the video (which you can click or tap if you missed it), we find that the reliability of appliances has not improved as technology has improved.  In the world of TVs, manufacturers have been able to produce televisions with more advanced technology and offer them at lower costs, by design.  Think about that: most likely when you bought your TV a few years ago, you paid more for it, and it probably didn't have the features a new TV has.  Yet most new sets today cost less and offer more advanced features.  That doesn't seem to make sense, right?  You would think that improved technology would cause companies at least to keep the price steady, but instead they have added better technology, but lowered the quality of the electronics.   And when I say quality I mean the life of the TV.  It seems some manufacturers have built their TVs with a "throw it away" mindset, and the trade off is a lower cost for consumers.  That console TV your parents had may still be playing, and more than likely lasted longer than most brands of new TVs today.  

 As a technician and installer for over 20 years, I have seen more problems from the brands with the lower price points, brands such as LG, Samsung, and Vizio.  If you're looking for a TV that has a better chance of lasting longer than most of these current brands,  the best brand we recommend is still Sony.  This is also why it's the only brand we sell.  We receive fewer calls from customers regarding problems with Sony televisions than we do about any other brands.  Of course, I can't guarantee a Sony will last more than a few years, but we have seen this brand to be more reliable than others.   

 Keep in mind that not every lower priced TV will fail after a few years, and that I am writing this with the goal of educating consumers on the current state of the electronics industry.  But generally speaking, you get what you pay for:  The less expensive brands often offer a great deal, but at the cost of reliability.  Now that you are informed about the practices of the electronics industry, I hope you feel more comfortable making a decision that best suits your needs.  If your ready to take a look at Sony TV's click here .  We price match Sony TV models with the competition.  You do not have to stop in to purchase a set either.  Contact us , text us (419.668.5131) or call us, your purchase can be taken care of over the phone the majority of the time.  We also offer Electronic Installations , TV Wall Mounting and setup of electronics of all brands, not just Sony or those we sell.   
By fishermusic 26 Jul, 2017
4K or Ultra HDTV's are becoming popular and the new norm.  When clients purchase these sets from us, or when we setup a clients TV the question usually gets asked "Where can I get 4K content now?"  I like simple and straight forward answers.  So in researching this, I found this article  that does a great job in explaining the best current providers of 4K content.  As explained in the article some the majority of this content is obtained through apps, however 4K bluray discs & players provide a great alternative also.  

The best choice for live 4K TV channels would be either DirecTV, or Dish Network.  When you have a DirecTV or Dish Satellite box certain live 4K TV channels may be available.  Of course it's always best to check with those providers to get the latest information on what channels would be available in 4K.  

Many of our clients use YouTube and Netflix to watch 4K content on their TV.  These two apps are probably the most popular apps we find our clients use.  When using the Voice Search on the Sony remotes I have found that YouTube offers an abundant amount of 4K content.  By just adding the words 4K at the end of your search you will probably find 4K content.  

What are other apps in your TV that offer 4K video streaming?  Amazon Instant Video, Itunes with a 4K apple TV device, Vudu, UltraFlix, Playstation Video, Ultra 4K Movies & TV, Fandango Now, Google Play movies & TV.  Gaming boxes also can provide 4K content to your TV.  These gaming boxes would be the PS4 Pro & the Xbox one X.

As part of our in home setup of New Sony TVs we sell, we offer setup of apps for our clients.  This may involve downloading, updating, creating an account and or logging into certain apps our clients have our would like to have.  By finding out what our clients want to watch it allows us to suggest and setup the best apps for their needs.  In the end their happy and we are happy.   

So where is all the 4K content?   Here is the article again, and if your searching for a new 4K TV to view that great 4K content give us a call, comment below, or send us an email.  We would love to help. 
By fishermusic 18 May, 2017
 Everyone probably has them or know people that do.  You know, those old video (or audio) tapes that are sitting in your attic, basement, closet, or are just out of sight and out of mind.  You've probably thought about them here and there and said, "yeah those should be converted over to DVD or CD", and then gone onto something else.  No big deal, the good news, is we can take care of this for you, you just need to find the tapes.  Once you blow off the dust, bring them in to our shop (we recommend calling ahead to make sure we are in the shop).  You can also send them to us.  If you choose to send them, it doesn't hurt to call us ahead of time or send us an email by clicking contact us below.  After you click contact us, scroll down and fill out the form with your information.  Then you can go over the details about your videos with us.    

 We offer many DVD copying services, for just about everything except the very old 8mm reel tapes.  If we had a projector to run those on we probably would take care of copying those also....but we don't. It doesn't have to be just your old tapes either, we can convert video from new hard drive or memory stick cameras to DVD also.   We can also take care of copying over your old audio tapes (those that required a tape deck) to CD.   Click HERE to view our copying services and rates, and see below for a few common question and answers.

1.)  Are VCR's by themselves still available?
No, to our knowledge no manufacturers are making new standalone VCR's.

2)  Are there DVD/VCR combination machines available?
Yes, there are a few companies still make VCR/DVD combination units.  The best place to find and purchase these units is on the internet.

3)  Can I play my DVD in a Blu-ray Player?
YES, any DVD can be played in a Blu-ray player.  While you can not play a Blu-Ray disc in a standard DVD player, you can play a DVD in a Blu-ray player.  So if you do not have a DVD player, you can use your existing Blu-ray player to play your DVD's or purchase a new Blu-ray player.

4).  I still have few more questions, how can I contact you?
Great, just give us a call at 419.668.5131, or send us an email by clicking contact us below and then filling out the form on our contact page.
By fishermusic 22 Mar, 2017
 A common complaint we hear about TV service is "I am paying to much to my provider," and I agree.  Is there any way to combat the excessive rate hikes, and only watch channels I want to watch?  Can't I have an a la carte TV service?  These were all questions my wife and I had before we dropped our provider.

 Yes, there are new ways and providers that greatly reduce your TV station bill each month, and while these providers and methods may not be the perfect a'la carte services people are looking for, this industry is growing quickly and becoming much more in line with what consumers demand.  To get this type of television service, you can subscribe to what is known as streaming TV channels, or Internet TV streaming. 

     Before we go too much further, it is important to note that one thing you must have is internet at your home and preferably WIFI.  If you do not have internet, these providers will not work.

 Personally, my family used to have DirecTV, and while we had no real problems with their service, we watched the prices start to get out of hand every six months or so.  I would then end up calling in every six months or so, just to load my account up with more promotions to make the bill somewhat manageable.  In the end, this got to be time consuming and annoying.  So I started looking into TV streaming options through the Internet.  I found that many companies are starting to offer TV channel streaming, with some packages starting at as low as around $20 per month (plus tax).  By comparison, $20 per month for TV is preferable to paying over $100, just for my TV portion of the bill.  Companies offering this service are Playstation Vue , Sling , Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV , &  Directvnow , to name a few.  You can click on these companies to view their services and channel lineups. 
 The main advantages to streaming your TV through the internet is you avoid renting or having any cable boxes, satellite dishes, and extra equipment your provider may say you need.  If your provider is not supplying boxes and equipment, this greatly reduces the cost of TV service.  You simply use an app, like apps on your smart phone, and then with the account you have created, load the app to your TV and watch it.  Also, most, if not all of these companies do not lock you into long contracts.  You can use the service month-to-month and cancel at any time with no penalties.

 After researching several providers, I chose the Playstation Vue service, as I liked the variety of channels, and the price point.   Now, after using Playstation Vue for over six months, I feel comfortable sharing my experience and responding to frequently asked questions about Internet TV Streaming: 


1)  Do these companies offer a DVR so I can record my shows?  

Yes, most do, and DVR storage can range from 14 to 28 days after your show originally airs, depending on your provider.  I suggest checking with the company you choose to make sure.

2)  Do I need a separate box for this service? 
Yes and no.  This depends on what type of TV you have and how new it is.  If you have a newer Smart TV with lots of choices for internet apps, you may be able to load the app directly through your TV.  For example, the 2016 and later Sony 4K TV's offer the Playstation Vue app directly in the TV, so you do not need to purchase a separate device (Box) to obtain the providers app.   In my case, I don't have a newer Sony TV yet, so I am using my Roku 3 (now I have a Fire TV box, see below) connected to my TV to watch the Playstation Vue app.

What we generally find is if people switch over to this service they tend to replace their TV, so  if they choose Playstation Vue they do not need a separate box as the app is built into Sony 4K TV's.  Many people come to us, purchase a new Sony 4K TV, and switch to internet streaming.  You can click HERE to see our selection of Sony 4K TV's which are price-matched to competitors for the same models.

3)  If I need a separate box for the app, what are these boxes? 
These boxes would be the latest Roku boxes,  the Amazon Fire box, (not the stick in some cases), sometimes a Google Chrome stick, or Apple TV.  To determine which box you'll need, you will want to check with the company you choose and verify which box will work if you need one.  Some boxes do not support all these companies.

4)  If I need a separate box for the app, do I have to rent these boxes or can I buy them? 
You do not rent these boxes, you purchase them. While prices for these boxes vary, they range anywhere from $60 - $100.

5)  Do I still have a TV guide with this service? 
Yes and no.  This depends on what provider you choose and what box or TV app you are viewing your service through.  Check with the provider you choose and the device you plan on streaming the service through to verify this.  In my case, I use the Playstation Vue through my Roku 3, and although I do not have a guide, it really doesn't bother me much.  See below for update.   I still am able to find out what is on and when it airs fairly easily.  However,  if you chose the Playstation Vue and streamed it using an Amazon Fire Box (not Stick) you would have a guide, so the device you are watching the service through also affects this.

Update 1/15/18 - In 2017 we purchased the Amazon Fire box (not stick) and with the Fire Box we do receive a nice TV guide feature with the PS Vue App.  As of this date, this TV guide also includes show listings up to five days in advance. This is very helpful in searching for shows that will be on in the future.  Also on our Roku 3, I noticed the PSVue app now has a guide.  This was added sometime in the last half of 2017 for the Roku 3 device.

6)  Is there a search feature to find TV shows? 
Yes in most cases.  While I can't speak for each provider, the Playstation Vue offers a search feature to search for TV shows. Check with the provider you are thinking about choosing to verify this.

7)  Can I watch live TV with this service? 
Yes, most, if not all the stations with the exception of "On Demand" channels, are live.

8)  Can I get local channels with this service? 
Yes and no.  I can speak for Playstation Vue at this time.  In most cases, where you live will depend on the amount of local channels you get.  For example, we are in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and Vue currently offers CBS channel 19, & ABC 5, with NBC 3, & Fox 8 being the local channels on demand.  On demand channels generally show the programs the day after they originally air.  If you want more local channels,  you can get an outdoor/indoor antenna (depending on your location), or find another internet app for local TV stations.  Newson is a app that offers local TV stations news through some internet streaming devices.

9)  I have a bundled package with my current TV provider, what do I need to do with my current package?  
You would need to cancel the television service, but keep internet service  from your provider.   In some cases, I suggest searching for different internet providers in your area and comparing prices and speeds, especially if you are not in a contract.

10)  What internet speeds are needed for this service? 
Regarding internet speeds I will refer to download speeds:  If you are streaming 1080P HD content generally 4 - 5 MBS download will work.  If you are streaming 4K content generally 7 - 10 MBS will work.  Keep in mind, the more devices, such as smart phones, tablets and computers, you have on your network and are using at the time you are watching TV will slow your speed down.

11)  How do I know or test my internet speed? 
Go to and click "Begin Test" to check what speed you have.  This a great way to check your speed and also make sure you are getting what your internet provider claims you are getting.

12)  Can I use this service on more than one TV? 
Yes, most of these providers offer streaming on multiple devices, usually around five or more.  Playstation Vue offers five devices.   Let's say you wanted to have this service on two TV's and the TV's did not have an app for the provider you chose.  In this case, you would need to purchase  two boxes (see FAQ number 3),  and hook these up to both of your sets. 

 Hopefully this helps give you some idea of where to start figuring out  a new way to watch TV, contract free, and for a much more affordable price.  My suggestion, whichever service you choose, is to try it for a month or two with your existing cable service to make sure you will like it.  You can always cancel the internet TV service at anytime.  I tried Playstation Vue, liked it, cancelled my DirecTV, and never looked back.  I am happy to answer as many questions as possible, so feel free to contact Fisher Electronics regarding any questions you may have on this, a new Sony TV , or our in-home consultation service

By fishermusic 07 Mar, 2017
 At times people are surprised when we tell them we price match our Sony TV's (and other Sony products) to competitors.  This even includes Amazon.  I understand where people are coming from, bigger business, & online business mean more sales & better pricing.   The good news is with the Sony line, we are able to match prices on the same model of TV (or product).  We encourage and show people big box store, & internet pricing, as this takes away the need to shop around for the best price on a Sony TV.   By the way Sony has many models in most size ranges, so it's not uncommon to find a different price and realize it's a different model.  See our blog comparing TV shopping to car shopping here.

 Price shopping is something we all do and that's good.  Who wants to find out they paid more for the same product?  This is why were always happy to let you know the Sony model number, and the price matched to big box stores and Amazon.  We offer lots of services with the sale including delivery, setup, and haul away on certain set types during your purchase, and in home consultations before you buy.   In the end we want your shopping experience to be as simple, and reassuring as possible.  Knowing your TV is already price matched is one more step in making that process happen.  Stop in, click or tap call us or contact us, or fill out one of our forms when you are ready to buy knowing the TV price will be the same.
By fishermusic 07 Feb, 2017
 When people make big purchases usually they spend a little time researching it and finding out what their best option is.  I do the same, and that is an excellent idea.  When clients come in or call us looking for a new TV we find they think a TV is just a TV, and rightfully so.  Unless your selling sets, and have been in the business for years, you wouldn't know that there is more than one model of TV in each size range. 

 Just as car models have trim levels based on features, so do TV's.  Once we start educating our clients and explaining the differences, they have a new appreciation and understanding of what they are buying.  In Sony TV's these features are things such as 4K, Voice search, Triluminos color, Extended Dynamic Range Pro, local LED dimming and more. 

 Say you are thinking of replacing your main TV, and your thinking of either a 55" or 65" TV, in Sony's lineup of those sizes there can be up to 4 models, all different in features.  Some of these features have to do with using voice search, and others have to do with how good of picture quality you want.  Make no mistake, Sony still works exceptionally hard at having outstanding picture quality on their TV's, and different models show these features.

 We love explaining and showing the differences in features to our clients, as in the end we let the consumer decide what is best for them.  Sometimes all you need is a basic 4K TV, other times clients want exceptional picture.  Our approach is to show them the differences Sony has to offer, then let them decide what is best for their needs so they know they made the right decision.  Don't forget our prices on Sony TV's match those of big box stores & the internet for the same models, so why not let us provide expert consultation before you buy.  Sometimes this can even involve in home consultations to best meet your needs.

 So if your in the market for a new TV give us a call, or setup a time to stop in.  We would love to show you what Sony has to offer in your size range, that way you can make an informed decision when you decide to make the purchase.  We find many happy and thankful clients that are glad someone took the time to explain the differences to them, giving them a peace of mind about their purchase.
By fishermusic 07 Feb, 2017
I have finally decided to take the plunge and add a blog to my site. I always wanted an easy way to share information with visitors and I’m super excited to start this journey. Keep coming back to my site and check for updates right here on the blog.
By fishermusic 07 Feb, 2017
Anyone can make one:
For better or worse, anyone can write a blog post about anything they want. Everyone has a voice and the best voices will rise to the top.

The writer can show their personality:
In blog posts, the writer has more leeway to add in their voice and personality than other types of writing.

Blogs are a great form of mass communication:
You can help people, learn new things, entertain your audience—the possibilities are endless and amazing. Blogging opens up all of these to a very wide audience.

You can make money:

Get the right blog going and you can make a lot of money through advertising and sponsored posts.

It allows people to craft better thoughts:
Instead of reading haphazard, uneducated Facebook statuses, it’s much better to see people’s thought process in a well-written blog post.

You can establish a community:
Blogging allows you to connect with other individuals who share the same interests. Sharing ideas and opinions within your community helps establish yourself as a thought leader.

Good for SEO:
Keeping content on your site fresh and relevant, you can use your blog to boost the search engine ranking (SEO) of your site and your business.

It brings people back to your site:

If your blog is strong enough and updated regularly, people will come back looking for more and bring traffic back to your site as well.

It’s free:
It costs you a grand total of zero dollars to post to the blog, so if you have something to say, there’s nothing to stop you.

You can establish yourself as a thought leader:

A blog is a great place for your original thoughts, and it can be a wonderful way to show off your individuality. If people like your ideas, you can become a thought leader in your industry!

What else do you love about blogs? Let me know!
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