What you see above you is a B-Band Converter
. Several years ago, it was a common accessory for DIRECTV receivers and DVRs. Today it is far less common. How that happened, and why, is an interesting story.
It starts with the understanding that things don't always work out in the order you intend. Orders and designs are placed years in advance, and product deliveries sometimes slip. In this case, we need to go back to the mid-2000s.
Remember back then, the economy was strong,