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DIRECTV adds its first PPV in 4K

Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ultra High Definition. You can almost hear a gruff-voiced announcer talking about it. If those two things sound good to you, you’ll want to set your calendar for July 9, because DIRECTV’s first…


What is gamut compression?

You’ve heard us say that HD signals must be compressed in order to be transmitted, because otherwise a huge satellite could only carry a tiny number of channels. With compression comes some sort of loss, especially…


What is bitstarving?

When is HD not really HD? When is 4K not really 4K? If you’re a numbers guy you think of it this way: Standard definition signals are 640×480 or smaller. High definition is 1280×720 or higher….


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…


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…


Which is better, Netflix 4K or DIRECTV 4K?

OK you have to first agree that as of today, it’s a tossup. The amount of 4K content is so small that it really depends on what you want to watch. There’s only about six titles…


How can you align the DIRECTV Reverse Band 3 LNB?

DIRECTV’s new LNBs are really cool in everything they do, but you’ll need some special equipment to aim them. If you really want the professional experience, there’s only one meter to use: DIRECTV’s own Advanced Installation Meter…