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The 2016 Football season has started. Here are a few ideas to improve your watching and listening experience!

While there’s nothing like listening to the roar of the crowd or watching your favourite team fight it out on the field live at the stadium, the big game can be just as exhilarating from the comfort of your couch with the company of family and friends. Remember why you bought that 70-inch flat screen with these few ideas to watch, listen and stream this season.

1. Retune your Full HD TV

As of 1 March 2016, WIN will broadcast every main football game in crystal clear HD (1080p), appropriately named btnShow_WIN_col. This means NRL, Cricket and all of Nine’s other sports coming at you in high definition. In order to get these new channels you’ll need to re-tune your TV, essentially as if you’re setting it up new out of the box. After you re-tune your TV you will have Channel 80 available if you have a HD enabled TV. If you don’t receive Channel 80 after you re-tune try check the specs of your TV online, look for any firmware upgrades or call the manufacturer. If you need help, book a Gold Class Tech to visit.

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2. EQ your sound

You should also get the sound set up correctly. If you’re using the TV speakers for audio, set your TV to output ‘stereo’ as opposed to ‘5.1 surround sound (Dolby Digital)’. But hopefully you’re using an external sound system or sound bar, which cannot only deliver real or simulated surround sound (perfect for that great crowd noise), but also much better dialogue. Some systems have prebuilt EQ settings specifically for football, or sports in general. Just remember to switch it back to Dolby Digital surround sound afterwards otherwise your next movie night may be a cacophony – producing an unpleasant, harsh mixture of sounds.

3. Sign up for Digital or Live pass

Subscribe to a football subscription service to enjoy exclusive content and watch every match live on 24/7 wherever you are.

NRL Digital Pass


For the NRL lovers, you can register with NRL Digital Pass to watch every NRL match in season 2016 live, with coverage across Downer NRL Auckland Nines, Harvey Norman All Stars and World Club Series and Holden State of Origin events. NRL Digital Pass also provides access to 200+ Telstra premiership games, final series and representative games plus over 400 archived games from previous seasons. Access is available from compatible iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone, Android tablet, Windows Phone, PC laptop and MAC laptop devices. Subscriptions start from $2.99/wk Click here to register here or download the app on you smart device. For eligible new customers, Digital Pass are offering a 1 week free trial.

AFL Live Pass


For AFL lovers, you can register with AFL Live Pass or download the AFL Live Official App which is packed full of footy content and features including highlights, previews, live radio, scores and stats, player profiles, Premiership ladder, all of the latest news and more! With an AFL Live Pass you’ll also be able to watch LIVE video streams of every AFL Premiership Season match, including the Finals! Subscriptions start from $4.99/wk. Click here to register or download the app on your smart device. For eligible new customers, Live Pass are offering a 2 weeks free trial.

4. Have 2 Rooms

If you want to ensure you watch every game with minimal interruptions or complaints about the screaming and cursing, then you need to set up a TV in a second room. Whether you call it the man cave, she shed, garage or spare bedroom, the key to creating the ultimate football-viewing space is to go BIG, go LOUD & go LOW. As Natasha Saroca, a home design journalist, suggests:

“A large wide screen HD TV is needed for clear, close up views of every pass, line and play so you can make the right calls as an (un) official video ref, right?

Sound is just as important as the visuals, so don’t forget to invest in a good quality sound system, too – this will make you feel like you are smack bang in the middle of the stadium, soaking up the loud, electric atmosphere.

When setting up your TV, position the middle of the screen so that it sits at or just above your eye level when sitting down. This will ensure you remain comfortable throughout the whole game, rather than getting a kink in your neck from staring upward at a television that’s been mounted way too high.”

You now have some ideas for getting your TV and home theater into prime match-time shape. Now feel free to redecorate your room in your team colours, invite your buddies over, and scream at the screen. Just skip throwing things at the TV, please, we’ve seen a few end up in the dump after a big night.

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