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    by Published on 08-21-2017 02:08 PM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite

    Finger tight. Pretty self explanatory, right? It's as tight as you can make something with just your fingers. It's not a precise measurement, obviously, but it's good enough to give you some idea what you're doing.

    For most home theater projects, finger tight is not tight enough. Most folks will connect their coaxial cables just finger tight to their equipment, and that may not quite do it. With RG6 cables of any kind, you should always have a 7/16" wrench handy. You don't have to torque the cable so hard it breaks, but sometimes an eighth-turn can make a difference. When it comes to splitters, finger-tight will only get you about halfway there and the wrench should go the rest of the way. You should be able to feel some resistance when you tighten with a wrench; don't go past that point or you'll break the connector.

    The same goes for grounding screws and blocks. Use a screwdriver to tighten the ground wire down, otherwise it may not make complete contact and that means it's not very useful.

    On the other hand, if you're assembling an antenna or anything made of aluminum, anything with a wingnut, finger tight is plenty tight. Overtightening a bolt on an antenna will tear right through it or at least deform it. There's no point in that. Unless the instructions say so, don't ever use a wrench to assemble an antenna, although you should use one to mount it.
    by Published on 08-16-2017 05:17 PM
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    2. Satellite

    It's a fact. DIRECTV's satellite at the 119 location is going out of service within two years. This will mean that pretty much all standard definition service will go with it, since the content on the 119 satellite will take the place on standard definition content on one of the 101 satellites.

    All English-language HD programs have already moved off the 119 satellite, and what's left is basically local programming for a few markets around the country. The only thing left is SD programming, so even if you're in one of those cities where the 119 satellite is in use, you still don't need it if all you want is HD.

    Every year, we revise our list of cities that require the use of the Slimline-5 dish. The Slimline-5 dish is harder to aim and harder to keep aimed. The preferred dish for almost the entire country is the Slimline-3 dish, or if you want 4K, the Reverse Band 3 Slimline dish. Chances are you don't need the Slimline-5 dish.

    If you do have it, it won't hurt you for now but at some point it's going to stop working and you'll have to deal with that. For now, take a look at our newly-revised list of markets that still receive programming from the 119 satellite location. That way you'll be able to figure things out for yourself!
    by Published on 08-15-2017 02:57 PM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Online/MobileTV
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    That's right, I said it.

    I didn't just beat around the bush like SlashGear or LightReading. Those sites want to warn you about a possible future where practically every program you want will require its own streaming service. You'll be paying for Disney, CBS, ABC, whatever. You're going to pay to get the one show you ...
    by Published on 08-15-2017 01:28 PM
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    2. Commercial,
    3. TV Antennas,
    4. Satellite

    No, not a band made of up bass players. Who finds these pictures?

    Another term that shouldn't have you shaking your head. Nice and simple... baseband video is plain old video or audio over a wire. Think of composite video cables, or even HDMI. It's a signal that isn't modulated onto a channel, isn't put out over the internet, just the basic signal that comes from your satellite box or media player and goes to your TV. That.

    In case you're curious, modulated video refers to one cable that distributes lots of channels, like an antenna signal. It has to be demodulated and that turns it into baseband video. Broadband video is video that is delivered over the internet in digital chunks and coexists with everything else out there. You know, like Netflix. Broadband video has to be decoded and then it turns into baseband video.

    So, you could say baseband video is the simplest form of video there is. Everything else... isn't nice and easy.
    by Published on 08-15-2017 11:40 AM
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    2. TV Antennas,
    3. Satellite


    If you're asked if there are "obstructions" between your antenna or dish and another location, you might have sheepishly said no, not knowing what an obstruction is.

    "Obstruction" is just a fancy word for something that comes between you and what you're trying to see. In the suburbs, the most common obstruction is a tree that blocks the path between your antenna and the broadcast towers, or between your dish and the sky.

    The path between your antenna or dish and the thing it needs to see is called "line-of-sight," by the way, and if you have good line-of-sight it means that you can see what you need to see. Or, at least, your dish can... those satellites are awful small and hard to see with the naked eye at 22,000 miles away
    by Published on 08-14-2017 05:57 PM
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    2. Satellite,
    3. Data/Networks
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    If you've been around DIRECTV for a while, you may have some unused wiring in your home, and a few unused parts. The good news is that it's possible to turn that unused stuff into an ethernet connection for any room!

    Before SWM technology, every room with a DVR needed two satellite ...
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