February 2012

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…


Welcome to the All New SignalMarine.Com!

Today marks the launch of SignalMarine.com, your source for electronics and accessories for the boating enthusiast. Finally, there is a single location for the best brands. If you’re a boating enthusiast, you’ll be sure to appreciate…



MoCA 101: What is MoCA?

What is MoCA? In 2004, the Multimedia over Coax Alliance was formed. The goal was a simple one: most people had high-quality coaxial cable throughout their homes, but distributing content from one place to another…