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    by Published on 04-16-2017 03:43 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    It's basically satellite internet. VSAT stands for "very small aperture terminal" which, let's be honest, doesn't tell you any more than you already knew. So let's back up a little bit.

    Back in the 1960s, the only people who sent information up to satellites were big companies (like the phone company) and ...
    by Published on 04-16-2017 03:00 PM
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    2. Auto/Marine,
    3. Satellite

    It's, like, satellite TV.

    TVRO stands for "television, receive only." Right there, the way they worded it you know someone with a military background made that up. TVRO is a term that applies to commercial satellite dishes that might otherwise be mistaken for something else. TVRO dishes don't do radar, they don't connect to the internet, they don't communicate with airplanes. They get satellite TV. That's it.

    And now you're wondering why that is really some sort of consideration. Obviously at home it isn't because if there's a dish on your roof, of course it's getting satellite TV. But take the example of marine satellite dishes. Your basic marine satellite dish looks like what you see above. It's a white gumdrop that's somewhere between 20" and 100" in diameter. Yes, they really do vary that much. A large vessel could have several of them, all doing different things. So, at some point I guess you get tired of saying "not-radar, not-navigation, just-satellite-TV" and you start saying TVRO.

    TVRO marine dishes are these amazing little feats of technology that should not work. If you think about it, the slightest bump on your roof-mounted dish sets it off aim and here's a dish that moves across the ocean and bobbles left and right and up and down and it's pretty amazing that they can keep track of it.

    I recently visited Intellian's US tech facility and they showed me the powerful hardware that controls these dishes. They do actually receive GPS coordinates so they can aim themselves roughly, and once they have a rough aim they're constantly adjusting themselves to keep the strongest possible signal. It's a combination of extremely complex logic and taking advantage of the way that satellite signals actually work. It's amazing.

    If you're in the market for a satellite system for your boat, whether it's large or small, I encourage you to call the experts at Signal Connect, our commercial and installation arm. We can give you the best advice and find a system that works for you no matter where in the world you are. Just give us a call at 866.726.4182!
    by Published on 04-15-2017 05:24 PM
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    2. GPS
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    Quick answer: It's the Russian GPS. There's an interesting history to it that makes it even more interesting.

    The global positioning system (GPS) was developed by the US Military, so troops on the ground would know where they were and missiles would know where to target. In the early days, it wasn't the smartphone-friendly system we think ...
    by Published on 04-15-2017 09:28 AM
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    2. Online/MobileTV
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    The springtime competition between Amazon Prime Video and Netflix
    is heating up, just like the weather. This is good news for fans of both streaming services.

    Good news, streamers! Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are working hard to improve the experience for each respective streaming service. Amazon Prime Video is spending ...
    by Published on 04-14-2017 04:38 PM
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    When I was young, a calculator was not a toy. If you had one in the early 1970s (as my family did) someone in your family was a rich hobbyist. If memory serves, the calculator my family owned cost about $100, which is somewhere about $600 in today's money. A similar model can be found at most convenience ...
    by Published on 04-14-2017 12:26 PM
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    It's a numbers game. If you need to talk to someone on the phone about your DIRECTV service, you can call 1-800-DIRECTV. They have some great folks over there. They really do. But will you get personalized service? Will you get a rep who will be there when you need to call back?

    Solid ...
    by Published on 04-14-2017 11:00 AM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    Because content providers are greedy. Actually there's a bit more to it than that but yeah. That.

    DIRECTV's on-demand system dates back almost ten years. It was one of the first nationwide HD on demand systems, although other providers had on demand in SD in larger cable systems for ...
    by Published on 04-14-2017 10:32 AM
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    2. Online/MobileTV

    DIRECTV NOW, AT&T's streaming service, continues to get better and better. Sure, there are competitors out there, and the first few months of the service were a little ... difficult sometimes. But they've been updating with furious frequency and things just keep getting better and better. Check out the release notes for the latest iOS/TvOS version:

    • Increased size of favorite buttons on iPhone and iPad Guide screen to make it easier to tap
    • Improved error handing to resume picture-in-picture on iPad after Internet connection disrupted
    • Fixed audio playing after app is put into the background
    • Fixed 1401 error while streaming after network connection is lost and then restarted
    • Fixed occasional incorrect order of channels while swiping to change live channels.

    OK, that's probably not going to light you up. However, what they're not mentioning is that several cities will now get their local NBC affiliate on DIRECTV NOW, meaning more of your favorite shows will be available.

    What's more NBC has announced a program that will let many of its affiliates negotiate together with the network to get on services like DIRECTV NOW so it will be easier to roll out NBC stations across the country. The way it works now is every individual station owner has to negotiate separately. While you can argue whether or not this is good for people overall, what with monopoly legislation and all, it should get NBC on more people's streaming boxes sooner.

    If you have an AppleTV box, you should see the update automatically in the next few days. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you may need to update the app manually depending on your settings, or it may update automatically as well.
    by Published on 04-13-2017 02:23 PM
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    2. Cell Phones,
    3. TV Antennas
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    It's been a long time coming. The FCC today announced the results of its spectrum auction, and it's going to reshape television broadcasting as we know it and open up opportunities for better and faster cell service in more areas. Let's take a look.

    The need for a spectrum auction
    This move by the FCC is the largest reallocation of broadcast frequencies in history. The FCC's own table shows that all frequencies above UHF channel 36 will be reallocated for use in cellular data transmissions. ...
    by Published on 04-13-2017 12:29 PM
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    2. Satellite
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    Don't be silly. I know that everyone talks about streaming, but there are literally hundreds of millions of people who get their TV from cable or satellite, watching billions of hours. If you assume an average household of 3 people, that means about 125 million people in the United States alone are watching satellite TV ...
    by Published on 04-13-2017 07:04 AM
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    2. Cell Phones
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    Burner phones. That's what we used to call prepaid phones. So cheap you used them once and only good for voice or text. A burner phone was no way for a person to go through life, at least if they had a choice. Sure there were people who depended on them, because of failed credit checks or because for "some reason" they ...

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