March 2016

What is satellite television?

It’s become a familiar part of the landscape. Chances are if you don’t have a dish on your roof, someone in your neighborhood does. Between DIRECTV and DISH, there are close to twenty million satellite TV…

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AT&T’s Stankey: DIRECTV Now isn’t what you think

Pretty much everyone, me included, assumed that the new “DIRECTV Now” service launching later this year would be a low-priced, thin package like Sling TV. (Yeah, I get the irony that it’s not available now.) Apparently that’s not…


NICE AND EASY: What is “linear TV?”

It’s, you know, TV like old people watch. All right, that’s a little harsh. “Linear TV” is what’s called a retronym. That’s a phrase like “analog clock, ” “snail mail” or “landline phone” that gives a new…




What is PSIP? Why do I care?

Imagine this. It’s the year 2002, and you’re the owner of a TV station worth tens of millions of dollars. You’ve spend the last fifty years promoting yourself as “Channel 4.”It’s in your advertising. You’ve even…