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5G is Here - 4 Things You Need to Know

5G is Here - 4 Things You Need to Know

5G switch over happened on the 28th June, but what happens now?

Freeview Channel Update - The Changes You Need To Know

Freeview Channel Update - The Changes You Need To Know

As of the end of June 22 changes were made to Freeview. Here is what you need to know…

5 Reasons You Need a Multi-Monitor Set-Up

5 Reasons You Need a Multi-Monitor Set-Up

Moving from a single monitor to a dual-monitor or triple-monitor setup will transform the way you use your PC, whether you're trying to expand your screen space for gaming or productivity. You may not only switch between applications without using any fiddly keyboard shortcuts, but you can even rotate screens to better suit the work at hand, depending on the monitor.

4 Things to Consider When Getting CCTV

4 Things to Consider When Getting CCTV

With crime rising 14% in recent years, a decent surveillance system can help you keep track of who comes and goes at all times. You might be considering installing a CCTV camera system to improve your home security.

Here are a few things to think about if you're thinking about purchasing CCTV cameras for your business or home.


What is the Best Streaming Stick?

What is the Best Streaming Stick?

Media streaming sticks have become part of the modern AV setup due to their ability to house all streaming Apps and be a simple one-stop show for everyone's streaming needs. 

But not all media streamers are the same. The best media streamers will provide a total and endless supply of TV shows, films, and music but there are performance differences too. Some look and sound better than others.

Whether it's Netflix, TV, Disney+, Apple, or some other service, a service dedicated it's a media streamer's job to deliver them.

With more competition in the market than ever, prices are low, standards are high and any gaps in their app offerings could be a killer weakness.

That's why we're asking the question, what is the best streaming stick? 


How Fast is 5G?

How Fast is 5G?

The hype surrounding 5G networks, the fifth generation of mobile network technology, has been building for years. All of the major 5G carriers have begun to roll out their initial "national" networks and plan to expand their reach and capabilities.

3 Ways to Make Fibre Internet Even Faster

3 Ways to Make Fibre Internet Even Faster

In a Wi-Fi world, slow internet speeds are simply not an option. From streaming TV to online gameplay, having too much bandwidth is never a bad thing. But what options do you have if your supposed ‘fast internet’ isn't up to speed?

What Resolution Do I Need for My Security Camera?

What Resolution Do I Need for My Security Camera?

A security camera is a sensible investment when it comes to your commercial or residential property. However, it is useless if your resolution isn't up to scratch. The resolution of your camera has many benefits and improves the overall quality of the images it picks up. But what is the best resolution for your security camera?

Let's find out…


Do I Need Network Cabling In My House?

Do I Need Network Cabling In My House?

In the 21st century, we can't afford to have sluggish internet connections. From streaming and downloading content to Zoom calls and working from home, we need our many devices to be running as fast as possible, at all times. 


Whilst we live in a wireless world, installing a data cable is still a popular decision among property developers. This is because it is seen as an investment, as 52% of families are put off living in or buying a house that has WiFi black spots. 


With this being the case, the question is, do you need network cabling in your house? 


3 Ways to Stop TV Streaming Buffering

3 Ways to Stop TV Streaming Buffering

Smart TVs and video streaming have transformed the way we consume television forever. 

With video on demand and new TVs, we are able to control what we watch and when we watch it, however, that's not the case if you are suffering buffering issues. 


3 Cheap Ways to Transform Wi-Fi in Your Home

3 Cheap Ways to Transform Wi-Fi in Your Home

Wi-Fi is the engine at the center of most modern homes. Yet it can be unpredictable sorcery when things don't go to plan. From using AI home assistants, streaming music and movies to working from home, reliable Wi-Fi is a necessity. 


So how can you improve your home set-up without breaking the bank? 


Seam Welded Vs Extruded Aerial Masts: Which One Do You Need?

Seam Welded Vs Extruded Aerial Masts:  Which One Do You Need?

Weather conditions can really disrupt your home. Not only that, but harsh conditions can damage your property, such as installed bases of aerials and reception equipment. With global warming showing no signs of slowing down, we are here to help you prepare for the worst, with the highest quality products. 


Here is the breakdown of the two types of masting available in aluminium to you. 

The Top 3 CCTV Trends for 2022

The Top 3 CCTV Trends for 2022

With the new year comes new technological innovations. With the estimated cost of robberies and burglaries up to £2bn there has never been a better time to utilise top-end security technology for your home. 

Here are the 3 main trends for CCTV this year… 

3 Ways to Create the Ultimate Home Office in 2022

3 Ways to Create the Ultimate Home Office in 2022

With the UK returning to home working where possible, and the world adapting the home office as the new normal, it's crucial to have an ergonomic set up in 2022. 

If you, like many others, have ditched the commute in favour of the stroll to the spare room, you might be looking to level up your home set-up. That's where we can help, with 3 ways to create the ultimate home office…

Three Ways to Create the Perfect Home Set Up for Christmas

Three Ways to Create the Perfect Home Set Up for Christmas

With the festive season upon us, ensuring your home is equipped to entertain is paramount. Whilst this can be an ambitious project, it doesn't have to be overly complicated to achieve the best results. 

Do you need a Hard Drive for CCTV?

Do you need a Hard Drive for CCTV?

Getting your home equipped with CCTV is always a safe idea. The College of Policing's Crime Reduction suggests that CCTV prevents 16% of crimes and 26% of all vehicle crimes. 

 

Hard drives are an integral part of a CCTV system, but do you need one? 


What is a WLAN and Why Do I Need One?

What is a WLAN and Why Do I Need One?

Whether it's home working, a business or an organisation, signal distribution is crucial.  Removing weak signal Access points in order to allow seamless wireless roaming is necessary in modern life. But how is it achieved? 



This is where a WLAN Controller becomes invaluable.


How to get the Perfect Freeview TV Signal

How to get the Perfect Freeview TV Signal


A
chieving the ultimate home set-up is no mean feat, and picture issues only make things harder. Pixalations, patchy reception and missing channels can be temporary problems if you have the right remedy. 


Setting the perfect signal for your Freeview box is the key element to avoid signal disruption. Here is everything you need to know in order to achieve the perfect Freeview signal. 

Are Fibre Optic Cables worth it?

Are Fibre Optic Cables worth it?

Fibre optic internet cable is increasingly popular. This is thanks to the higher speeds and bandwidth it can provide compared to standard ethernet or Wi-Fi signals delivered via coaxial or even copper wire from street-level exchanges.  

Each of the strands is a little wider than an average hair and is normally surrounded by a further layer of cladding which is also in plastic or glass but constructed at a different density to the main inner strand.

Whilst it's becoming more and more common, is it worth it? 


How to Set Up Surround Sound with HDMI

How to Set Up Surround Sound with HDMI

If you're building a dream home theatre setup, you're aiming for the closest cinema experience possible. From the vibrating sub-bass to the tension building high frequencies, it's crucial that your sound system is creating the best experience possible. 

 

This is where HDMI comes into it. There are plenty of available options to create the full home theatre experience, but where do you start when it comes to HDMI? 


3 Ways to Improve Your TV Signal Today

3 Ways to Improve Your TV Signal Today

Do you have a TV that's not getting the signal it needs?

If your TV is having trouble picking up a strong signal, there are three things you can do to improve it today.


Image Resizing: What You Need to Know about Upscaling & Downscaling

Image Resizing: What You Need to Know about Upscaling & Downscaling

Images are not just stored in one resolution, but rather they exist at a variety of resolutions. When images go out of the native range for your monitor or TV set, it is necessary to upscale and downscale them.

Do You Need CCTV in 5MP?

Do You Need CCTV in 5MP?

If you’re looking for the right CCTV to protect your home, it's not always simple. Different models, dimensions and specifications can muddy the waters. The most important element of your CCTV setup is the image quality, and that's where 5-megapixel (5MP) cameras come in. 

3 Reasons You Need to Upgrade your HDMI Cables

3 Reasons You Need to Upgrade your HDMI Cables

Upgrading to a 4k television is a great way to improve your viewing experience. However, if you haven't replaced your HDMI cables for a while, you may be missing out on some of the great features. 


This can also be the case if you have in-wall HDMI installations or long cable runs, but here are the 3 reasons why you should upgrade your HDMI cables...


5 Tips to Get the Strongest Wi-Fi Signal

5 Tips to Get the Strongest Wi-Fi Signal

If we didn't appreciate it before, the past year has highlighted how integral a wireless router is to our homes, work and social life. We all require a clear internet signal from our routers, yet this isn't always the case.

5 Things You Need to Know About TV Wall Mounts

5 Things You Need to Know About TV Wall Mounts

Tv wall mounts can add a lot to a home. They free up floor space and improve your viewing experience. But knowing where to start can be difficult, so we have compiled the top 5 things you need to know…

4 Reasons you Need Home CCTV

4 Reasons you Need Home CCTV

Everybody wants to keep their home safe and secure, but sadly the estimated cost of robberies and burglaries are £2bn. That makes up over 40% of the costs of crime. However, thanks to advancements in home security systems, it has never been easier to upgrade your home and protect your family.

How to Create the Best Home Setup for the Euros 2021

How to Create the Best Home Setup for the Euros 2021

Back in 1966, England's World Cup victory was viewed on small black and white, rented TVs with volume dials. Safe to say our viewing experience has changed a bit over time.
 
With the 2021 Euros around the corner and cinematic sound systems, UHD screens and offering countless setup possibilities, we are here to help you create the ultimate home viewing experience.

3 Ways to Fix a Picture Break on your TV

3 Ways to Fix a Picture Break on your TV

When you’re sitting down for the big game, the season finale, or your favourite film, the last thing you want is for your screen to freeze or pixelate. From poor signals to cabling issues, solving the problem isn’t always easy.

That’s why we are here to help, with the 3 most common ways you can fix a picture brake on your TV.

How to Solve the Sound Issues with your TV

How to Solve the Sound Issues with your TV

Sound issues with your TV are no fun. The frantic smashing of the volume buttons up and down, the triple checking of the mute button, the cursing at the audio gods for smiting you... We feel your pain.

But not to worry, we have everything you need to know regarding how to solve the sound issues with your TV.

Happy Birthday to Blake UK!

Happy Birthday to Blake UK!

Happy Birthday to Blake UK! We’ve been keeping customers connected to information and entertainment for 50 years.

We’re a family business, so birthdays are important to us, but this one is a bit special. We're celebrating our half century: Blake has been supplying equipment into the industry since 1971. As one of our loyal customers, we’d like to thank you for your support. We literally couldn’t have done it without you.

New Site Designed for you

New Site Designed for you

For the last few months, we have been busy listening to your feedback and developing a new, vastly improved website.

Latest posts

5G is Here - 4 Things You Need to Know
Blake UK 27/07/2022
Freeview Channel Update - The Changes You Need To Know
Blake UK 27/07/2022
5 Reasons You Need a Multi-Monitor Set-Up
Blake UK 16/06/2022
4 Things to Consider When Getting CCTV
Blake UK 14/06/2022
What is the Best Streaming Stick?
Blake UK 13/06/2022
How Fast is 5G?
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3 Ways to Make Fibre Internet Even Faster
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What Resolution Do I Need for My Security Camera?
Blake UK 07/06/2022
Do I Need Network Cabling In My House?
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3 Ways to Stop TV Streaming Buffering
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3 Cheap Ways to Transform Wi-Fi in Your Home
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Seam Welded Vs Extruded Aerial Masts: Which One Do You Need?
Blake UK 14/02/2022
The Top 3 CCTV Trends for 2022
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3 Ways to Create the Ultimate Home Office in 2022
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Three Ways to Create the Perfect Home Set Up for Christmas
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Do you need a Hard Drive for CCTV?
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What is a WLAN and Why Do I Need One?
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How to get the Perfect Freeview TV Signal
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Are Fibre Optic Cables worth it?
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How to Set Up Surround Sound with HDMI
Blake UK 18/10/2021
3 Ways to Improve Your TV Signal Today
Blake UK 12/10/2021
Image Resizing: What You Need to Know about Upscaling & Downscaling
Blake UK 12/10/2021
Do You Need CCTV in 5MP?
BLAKE UK 30/08/2021
3 Reasons You Need to Upgrade your HDMI Cables
BLAKE UK 25/08/2021
5 Tips to Get the Strongest Wi-Fi Signal
Blake UK 23/06/2021
5 Things You Need to Know About TV Wall Mounts
Blake UK 21/06/2021
4 Reasons you Need Home CCTV
Blake UK 07/06/2021
How to Create the Best Home Setup for the Euros 2021
Blake UK 04/06/2021
3 Ways to Fix a Picture Break on your TV
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How to Solve the Sound Issues with your TV
Blake UK 10/05/2021
Happy Birthday to Blake UK!
Blake UK 01/04/2021
New Site Designed for you
Blake UK 15/12/2020