November 2015

DIRECTV using RDBS? What does it mean?

Remember almost two years ago… when I told you all about Reverse DBS, the technology that could let DIRECTV get a lot more use out of its bandwidth? By using the frequencies it’s reserved for sending…


What is 5G?

It’s nothing. At least not today. It seems like all the hype about mobile internet speeds has died down a little bit. Back when we all talked about speeds of 256kbps over a mobile connection…



FUN FRIDAY: Facts about Turkeys

Since this is the last Fun Friday before Thanksgiving, I pulled out this article from the Smithsonian giving us all sorts of fun facts about turkeys. The turkey as we know it is a fairly wobbly, odd-looking bird…




Is the era of quality TV dead?

It’s been called the second golden age of TV. Led by premium channels and streaming services, the last 5-7 years have seen a massive increase in so-called “quality TV.” While the 2000s gave us a steady…



Latest trends in cutting the cord

Cutting the cord is a full-fledged phenomenon. There are still plenty of people picking up cable and satellite subscriptions — in fact even companies like Comcast that have been shedding subscribers have picked up a few…


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Transistors and Minecraft

So if you know someone under the age of 18 you’ve doubtless come to know about Minecraft. Simply put, Minecraft is to today’s kids what Legos were to older generations — a limitless tool for building whole worlds…



DIRECTV adds another HD Channel

HD Completists rejoice… DIRECTV has added Aspire TV to its lineup! The channel is also available for U-Verse customers as well, and you should expect from now on that whenever you see a channel add on…


Is a satellite tax really fair?

The subject of satellite taxes comes up over and over. If you’re in Massachusetts, Florida, Utah, or one of the seven states that currently have a satellite tax, you see it on your bill. You may…


Gain, Loss, and Noise Figure

I was looking at the “Understanding CEA Antenna Marks for Outdoor Antennas” page on the Solid Signal site, located here: Understanding CEA Antenna Marks for Indoor/Outdoor TV Antennas when I read what seemed to me to…