What is a launch amplifier?

Not something the average person would buy… but an important part of cable TV headends, apartment complex systems, and anywhere that TV distribution happens over a large area. A launch amplifier is a specific amplifier that…

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What is Bluetooth LE (Bluetooth Smart)?

When everything in your home is internet connected, chances are most of it will be done through Bluetooth. Bluetooth is designed to be a low-speed, short-range technology for connecting things like headphones, but it’s also a…



STREAMING SATURDAY: Amazon, Netflix Spend Big at Sundance

Streaming services Amazon and Netflix spent the most to acquire new films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. According to an article on Mashable, Amazon and Netflix outspent traditional studios for the rights to movies that debuted…


What is a distribution amplifier?

At some level, an amplifier is an amplifier. If you use a preamplifier or a launch amplifier where you should be using a distribution amplifier, it’s not like the amplifier police are going to come down…


FUN FRIDAY: Bird with a Pearl Earring

If you haven’t visited Worth1000.com, you’re missing a lot. The site has been running Photoshop contents for nigh on a decade that combine the truly artistic with the oddly laughable. Their recent contest had participants recreating…


DIRECTV NOW bouncing back?

AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW streaming service hasn’t been enjoying the best press since it launched last year. No question, there have been teething pains, and recently users (and former users) have started receiving emails inviting them to…


Will the DIRECTV Genie Remote control my TV?

Probably. DIRECTV’s latest Genie Remote comes packed with tons of codes for practically any device out there. But how can you know for sure? Unfortunately there’s not a published list of devices that are supported. Because…



Is it really necessary to ground EVERYTHING?

It seems like most satellite equipment has a green screw intended for a ground wire. Yet, most of the time those green screws go unused. Should you feel massive guilt pangs from not having grounded every…