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3 Amazing DIY Entertainment Center Hacks

Is your entertain center getting a bit crowded? Maybe you want to upgrade and add a new surround sound system? You could be tired of that big jumble of electrical cords and wires runs all over the place. Before you run out and spend money on a new home theater entertainment center, check out these three amazing DIY hacks:

1. Mount your TV to the wall.

If you have space on your wall, get a replacement mount for the TV stand and mount your TV to it using the right mount. Putting the TV on the wall will free up space on the entertainment center you can use for your gaming systems, Blu-ray player, DVR, etc.

  • Bonus Tip: Get a universal remote control to control all of your devices and eliminate remote control clutter.

2. Get theater-like quality sound with a sound bar and subwoofer.

You do not need a high-end surround sound theater system to get theater-like quality anymore. Sound bars with subwoofers provide remarkable sound quality. Plus, they are perfect for your average-size living room. When selecting a sound bar, make sure it is compatible with your brand of TV.

  • Bonus TIP: Sound bars can also be mounted to the wall to free up space on your entertainment center.

Big led tv with soundbar in the living room

3. Organize your wires with zip ties and push pins.

Instead of having a big “spaghetti” pile of wires, you can organize them and make them neater. Use zip ties to combine multiple wires running to the same device. To keep wires out of sight, use push pins to hang the wires on the back side of the entertainment center.

  • Bonus Tip: Use wire covers for wall-mounted TVs and sound bars. To limit the number of wire covers on your walls, try to find one big enough to accommodate all the wires.

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Nielsen ratings facts

3 Things You Didn’t Know about Nielsen Ratings

You’ve heard about Nielsen Ratings, but how much do you really know about them and the company that records them, Nielsen Media Research? If you want to learn more, here are a few facts about Nielsen ratings, their long history, and the company responsible for them:

Nielsen Didn’t Start with TV Ratings

Nielsen Media Research wasn’t always Nielsen Media Research. When engineer Arthur C. Nielsen founded his company in 1923, it specialized in measuring the effectiveness of conveyor belts and turbine generators. The company switched to measuring consumer sales during The Depression, launching an index to measure retail store and drug sales in 1933.

Before TV, Nielsen Was Measuring Radio Ratings

In 1936, Nielsen acquired the rights to the Audimeter, a device which was able to record when a radio was turned on, and what it was tuned to. Using the data collected by the Audimeter, Nielsen launched its Radio Index in the U.S. in 1942. The Audimeter would also be the basis for the devices Nielsen would use to record TV ratings starting in the 1950s.

The Super Bowl Is the Reigning Nielsen Champion

The top three highest-rated TV broadcasts in the history of the Nielsen ratings are all Super Bowls – Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, and Super Bowl 50 (L) in 2016. Super Bowl XLIX drew an average of 114.4 million viewers, alone. specializes in replacing remote controls from all the top brands. Contact us today at 877-671-7173

Turn Your Living Room into a Command Center

Love the idea of building a home theater, but just don’t have the space? There are many ways to convert your living room into the entertainment center of your dreams without tearing down walls or going over budget. From adding a new set of speakers, to building a storage caddy for TV remotes, here are a few ideas to transform your living room:

  • Build Your Ideal Command Center: Consolidate all home entertainment devices in one common area of the room to save space. Organize your stuff by purchasing a TV stand or build wall shelves that can fit a DVD player, Blu-ray, and other accessories. If you don’t have one already, be sure to invest in a great stereo system to experience cinema-quality sound from the comfort of your home.
  • Sound Proofing: With your sound system finally in use, you’ll need to take measures to limit the way loud sounds carry through the home. Place area rugs on hardwood floors to create insulation, and block sound from traveling through bare walls and windows with tapestries or thick curtains.
  • Update Lighting: Use several light sources to take your living room from daytime to late-night screenings with ease. For example, use track lighting with a dimmer to set the mood during movies. You can also use floor lamps and sconces for added light during those times when the living room is used for other purposes, like curling up with a good book.

With your living room now set up for viewing your favorite movies and TV shows, you’ll be able to enjoy cinema-quality entertainment without leaving the house. For accessories needed to complete your home entertainment needs, shop the products offered by We carry universal remotes for household appliances, operating manuals, and more. View our selection online, or call 1-855-5-REMOTE to place an order.

Remote Control: How to Remove the Battery Cover

If your battery door is hard to find or you do not know how to remove it, please locate the operating manual for that remote, or if the remote originally came with a unit (i.e. TV), then you must locate your TV’s operating manual. Inside the manual will be instructions and pictures on how to remove the battery door and change the batteries. For some of our most popular remotes see images below: