February 2012

DIRECTV THR22 TiVo is Now Available!

TiVo® HD DVR Available Nationwide from DIRECTV TiVo and DIRECTV Back Together Again ALVISO, Calif. (February 9, 2012) – TiVo Inc., the creator of and a leader in advanced television services including digital video recorders…


TIP: Use the smallest splitter possible

Admit it, we all have a tendency to use large splitters when we could use small ones. Even though the large ones cost more, we put them in because we want to future-proof our systems….


Hands on with the NextGen Remote Extender, part 1

A really clean home theater means hiding the equipment. Unfortunately, hiding the equipment sometimes means problems with the remote. Most remote controls work with infrared signals that can’t see through wood or metal. The problem…


RVU: The biggest thing since Multi-Room Viewing

Starting with the DIRECTV HR34, future satellite receivers will use a new technology called RVU. RVU, pronounced “R-view”, is a complete departure from anything that DIRECTV has done before. DIRECTV made waves with its multiroom…



FTA: Satellite Service for Everyone Else

The first satellite transmissions were 100% free. When Telstar, the first communications satellite to carry television signals, went live in 1962, there was nothing else like it. All it took was a very large antenna…


TIP: Show your SD Channels

There are a lot of reasons to watch a standard definition channel instead of a high-definition one. Maybe you’re experiencing rain fade, or maybe the line-of-sight to the high-def satellite has gotten restricted, giving you…


Mobile DTV is the future

Have you ever tried to watch TV in a moving car? It’s not so easy. At best you can get a minute or so of good reception and then you lose it again. If you’re using…


DIRECTV’s TiVo is coming! Is it for you?

It sure has been a long time coming. DIRECTV and TiVo announced their joint partnership in the fall of 2008, and since then, TiVo fans have hoped that someday soon, their TiVo would come. It…