An In-Depth Gift Guide to Affordable Gifts for TV Lovers

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Having trouble finding the perfect present for the television fanatic in your life? Below are five suggestions, and fortunately, you don't have to spend thousands to get some of the best TV add-ons.

The secret when buying these types of gifts is not to assume that the only ones for TV lovers will run you over $1,000, require wall mounting, and are confusing to use. Avid home theater and television fanatics are always looking for accessories to make their viewing experience better.

Here are five solid gifting possibilities at a variety of price points.


Google Home with Chromecast


Google's 2nd generation Chromecast provides high-def video streaming to any TV with an HDMI port. Just plug it in and enjoy HD video and music without any bulky or expensive hardware.

Chromecast can send/cast images, videos, music, and web pages from a computer running the Chrome web browser. There are also a number of cast-enabled apps that can be used with the Chromecast from a phone or tablet.

The 2nd generation Chromecast is not the most recent version but it does provide HD streaming at a smaller price point. 

See our article Chromecast: All You Need to Know for more information on this HDTV accessory.

PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 and controller

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Think Sony’s PlayStation 3 is only for hardcore gamers? Think again. The PlayStation 3 is one of the best Blu-ray players on the market and, at less than $300, is priced competitively with standalone Blu-rays.

Since it's introduction, the PS3 has been a great component to build a home theater around because it not only plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs, it can store music, movies, and photographs on its internal HDD.

Since Sony has reached an agreement with Netflix allowing subscribers to stream movies on the PlayStation 3, it's an even better home theater hub.

One little box gives the television lover on your list a Blu-ray/DVD player, movie-streaming device, jukebox, and photo archive. Did we mention that you can play games on it, too?

See our Best Sony PS3 Exclusives for a list of some of the best PS3 games your TV lover will surely enjoy.

AmazonBasics Indoor HD Antenna

AmazonBasics Indoor Antenna

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Why pay for cable when you only need a handful of channels? With this indoor antenna from Amazon that plugs directly into your TV, you can get 1080p HD channels from 50 miles away without paying a dime.

This is a multi-directional and reversible antenna that includes a 16-foot detachable cable so that you can get the best signal from inside your home.

All you have to do is plug in the antenna and let it scan for channels.

Logitech Harmony 700 Universal Remote

Logitech's Harmony 700 Advanced Universal Remote


Watching television isn’t what it used to be. With many folks hooking their sets up to cable boxes, Blu-ray players, and more, it's easy to acquire three or four remote controls, and few things are as annoying as juggling all of them.

While bargain-rate universal remotes work for some people, they don’t do the trick for someone with lots of gear. That’s where a more advanced remote like the Harmony 700 comes in. It can control up to six devices and can be directly hooked up to a PC or Mac for programming.

Most importantly, the Harmony 700 can be set up to change multiple component settings with the touch of a single button.

The Harmony 700 remote has been discontinued by Logitech but is still available for purchase from online retailers like Amazon.

Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics

Digital Video Essentials DVE

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You can’t get the most out of your HDTV unless it’s properly calibrated, but not everyone has the money to hire a professional to optimize their TVs. What’s more, many TV buffs are do-it-yourselfers and like to tinker with electronics.

The Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics Blu-ray disc, created by home theater guru Joe Kane, is not only packed with information about how to get the most out of an HDTV, it comes with test signals that help the average person achieve that goal.