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…


What is macroblocking?

You’ve seen it a lot on badly produced programs. It’s more often in the dark areas of the picture than in others. The image seems to be made of large, irregular blocks in some spots, although…


FUN FRIDAY: DC’s new logo

OK, hold on a second. I know you’re thinking this has absolutely nothing to do with the products at SolidSignal.com and on the face of it you’re right. But DC is a powerhouse. It’s not only…


What is mosquito noise?

It’s not just an ugly picture, it’s an old one. This time the interns got it about half right. It should be perfect. I mean, your television screen should be like looking out a window. That’s…


DIRECTV goes 4K for US Open

Golf and 4K go together like… OK I’ll admit that golf isn’t my first thought when I think of 4K video. But hey, no judgment here. If it’s the sport you like to watch, you’ll be…




What is a spot beam?

Another term you hear when you are around enough satellite geeks is “spot beam.” It’s an important idea for making sure that satellites operate properly and that the thousands of channels of programming in a satellite…


Do you REALLY need a Slimline-5 dish?

Chances are, you don’t. Chances are, you’d be better off with a Reverse Band 3 dish that will futureproof you and let you get 4K programming when it moves to its new satellite location (probably this fall.) In…