About Craig Armitage

Engineer at Coastal Repairs

Superfast Fibre Internet Coming to Rhuddlan in December

broadbandishereGreat news for anyone needing a faster internet connection.  BT have announced that fibre will be coming to the Rhuddlan exchange in December 2014.  This will mean speeds of 30-40Mbps will be possible and much faster upload speeds.


Fibre broadband is going to make your experience on the internet a lot smoother.  Especially if you watch movies, play games or have a large family of internet users if your house.  Faster uploading means that if you want to put your pictures or movies onto Facebook or Google+ quickly.

We’ll be putting out order in as soon as its available!

Come visit HTM Business Park in Rhuddlan!

htmIf you’ve never been to HTM Business Park, we will forgive you!  But you’re missing out! There’s a whole lot more than just cheap TV’s to be found here.  There’s all kinds of products and services ranging from a garden centre to washing machines!

slide1To start with there’s us, Coastal TV.  We offer TV and computer repairs.  We’ve been on this site for over 25 years and have a great reputation for quick turn-around and low-cost repairs.  We have now opened a showroom and supply great value reconditioned TV’s.  You can pop in and see what we have to offer.

whistlestopThere’s a popular cafe called the ‘Whistlestop Cafe‘ that’s gained a huge following of loyal and regular customers.  It offers a great friendly atmosphere and home-cooked meals.

You will also find a range of other services and products including (but not limited to!) Sign Makers, French Polishers, Web Designers, Electrical Suppliers, Amusement Machine and Pool Table Suppliers, Motorbike Spares, Dog Grooming, Ironing Services, Oils and Lubricants, Window Frames and Garden Sheds!

Come along and have a wander around.  You never know what you’ll find!  We are just off the main roundabout next to Rhuddlan.

HTM Business Park
Abergele Road
LL18 5UZ


What is a Smart TV?

smartThis is a question we are getting asked more and more.  It’s the current buzzword in the world of TV’s and electronics.  Last year it was 3D.  Next year it will probably be UltraHD.  For now, Any TV retailer will be telling you about the Smart features of their TV’s.

What is it?

Well, simply put.  A Smart TV does everything a normal TV does but will also let you view media from other places.  A basic Smart TV will usually allow you to plug in an SD memory card from your digital camera so you can view all of your pictures and videos on the big screen.  More advanced smart TV’s will connect to the internet and let you watch video like BBC iPlayer or Youtube.  Even more advanced smart TV’s will let you play games or run apps like Facebook or Angry Birds.  Its like having a computer inside your TV.  For a lot of people this can be very useful.

smarttvCan I turn my normal TV into a Smart TV?

If your TV is relatively new and has a HDMI connection then yes.  You can buy plenty of ‘add-on’ boxes that will give you these features.  A lot of new DVD and Blu-ray Players have ‘smart’ features built-in.  This is actually a better way of doing it because, like computers, the hardware inside a smart TV will go out of date very quickly compared to the traditional TV features.  A lot of the functions of Smart TV’s only continue to work if they are maintained and updated regularly by the maker. This is because the ‘Apps’ need to be modified to cope with changes to services like Facebook and Twitter.  The Internet is a constantly evolving thing and Smart TV’s need to mirror that.

By using a separate box, you could upgrade the smart features without having to buy a complete new TV.

Do I need Smart?

This is a question only you can answer.  If you use services like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter often then this can be a very good way to view content.  It’s also really great to sit a view family photos on the big screen.  Smart TV’s are in their infancy but they are here to stay and will only get better over time.

Laptop Screen Replacement Service

cracked-laptop-screen Did you know that Coastal Repairs offers a laptop screen replacement service?

replace_laptop_screen_009_610x404No?  Well we sure do!  We also offer a free quote before hand.   If your laptop screen has met an unfortunate ‘incident’, simply drop it (no pun intended) into the workshop and we will strip it down and quote you on a compatible replacement screen.  In most cases its less than £100!

So what are you waiting for! bring it in!


Do I Need A TV License?

TV Licensing LogoWith all the new ways of watching TV today we thought it would be a good idea to give you some basic information about the UK’s TV Licensing laws.

Now, the fairness of a TV license in the first place is a discussion for another day.  What we wanted to do here was to give you the information on whether you actually need one and the costs etc.

All the information in this post has been taken from tvlicensing.co.uk.  We urge you to pay a visit to this site and have a look if you are at all unsure about your situation and what your legal requirements are.

According to the site, you need to be covered by a valid TV Licence if you watch or record TV as it’s being broadcast. This includes the use of devices such as a computer, laptop, mobile phone or DVD/video recorder.  The current costs are £145.50 for colour and £49.00 for a black and white TV Licence.

There are certain exceptions to this but there are also situations where you might think you are covered but you aren’t.  It’s important to note that a TV license covers one residence only.  If you have multiple homes or properties, you may need more licenses.  The following lists break down most people’s situations.

You need a TV Licence

  • You watch or record live TV on any electrical device.
  • You are a standard UK home owner.
  • You are a Tenant in a house or flat.
  • You are a student living in student accommodation.
  • You are a business with a TV for staff or customers.

You don’t need a TV License

  • You watch TV programmes online AFTER they have been broadcast.  For example, iPlayer, Youtube, NetFlix etc.
  • You sell TV’s (Including demonstrating and setting up).
  • You are 75 or over (you must apply for 3 year exemption).

You are entitled to a discount

  • You are a student and don’t live at your accommodation over the summer.

Please understand these are the general rules.  If your situation isn’t clear-cut you should check tvlicensing.co.uk for more information.

HOAX: BBC News – ‘You’ve got cancer’ hoax email warning

Just a quick heads-up that if you get this email, don’t panic.  Its fake.

According to the BBC News Site, the messages seem to come from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

It says the contents are likely to be distressing and has reported the hoax to the police.

Check the BBC Site here for more details – click here

Find us on Facebook!

f_logoFor the very latest news and offers you should have a look at our facebook page. We keep it up to date with any TV’s we have for sale and the latest news. We also have pointers and helpful information about the technologies involved in modern televisions.

Please visit us at http://www.facebook.com/CoastalTvRepairs and don’t forget to ‘like’ us so you are always kept up to date.