June 2016

What is a transponder?

It’s a word you hear a lot when you’re talking about satellite TV. Yet most of us don’t think about it, because we don’t really need to. You might know that there are many different transponders…

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NEW VIDEO: Unboxing the Televes DAT790 LR Mix

The antenna you’ve been waiting for. I’m talking about applying Televes’ awesome build quality and 21st century features to an antenna that picks up both UHF and VHF signals a whopping 75+ miles away. Don’t get…


What is a reflector?

The reflector is what makes a lot of reception possible. You see them on satellite dishes and TV antennas. They’re ether a solid bowl-looking item or a series of bars. They’re reflectors, and they’re an…


The real reason you need an HDMI cable

And you thought it was just better quality. The HDMI cable is now a part of almost every home. It’s an easy, friendly, and inexpensive way to connect your home theatre devices. It’s a single cable that replaces…


What is a subchannel?

One of the neater things about digital television is that, well, it’s digital. It’s not just controlled by simple electronics, and that means that you can get TVs to do tricks that they couldn’t do a…



What is gamut compression?

You’ve heard us say that HD signals must be compressed in order to be transmitted, because otherwise a huge satellite could only carry a tiny number of channels. With compression comes some sort of loss, especially…


What is bitstarving?

When is HD not really HD? When is 4K not really 4K? If you’re a numbers guy you think of it this way: Standard definition signals are 640×480 or smaller. High definition is 1280×720 or higher….



What is pixelation?

Our televisions aren’t perfect. As much as we would all like to have that “looking out a window” picture quality 100% of the time, often times it’s not possible. In some cases, it’s because fast action…