Olympic gold medal viewers
LISMORE TV installer Dan Brandon has been busy catering to couch potatoes seeking cutting-edge televisions and home theatre systems in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics which kick off today.
Mr Brandon, from Living Entertainment North Coast, said he had seen a 20% spike in TV sales and installations in the last month.
He services customers between Yamba and the Gold Coast, with most of his recent work from Lismore, Byron Bay and Bangalow.
Smart TVs, which allow you to watch free-to-air TV as well as surf the internet and stream movies online and from your own network, have been the most hotly in demand technology.
Most clients were paying between $1800 to $2500 for their systems for which you could get a screen between 46-60 inches.
Mr Brandon is looking forward to experiencing the Olympics on his own top of the range home entertainment system.
"It's going to be all in HD as NBN have put it. It should show up really good," he said.
Other TV-related businesses reported that the normal pre-Games sales increase had not eventuated this year due to many people having already upgraded their models ahead of the switch to digital-only free-to-air TV on the Northern Rivers in November.
Coverage of the Olympics opening ceremony starts at 5.30am tomorrow on NBN Television.
The $27 million ceremony is directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and will have a theme of Shakespeare's The Tempest and celebrating the best of Britain.
Events scheduled for tomorrow include swimming, rowing, cycling and archery.
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