August 2016




Why aren’t all antennas omnidirectional?

This is our Winegard Metrostar antenna. It may not be the most exciting antenna in the world, but it does a trick that most of them don’t: It pulls in signals from all direction. It’s “omnidirectional.”…


Sci-Fi Consumer Electronics Products

With high-tech TV antennas, satellite dishes, and wireless networking, the sci-fi future I dreamed of as a kid is now a reality! We’re you a sci-fi fan in the 1970s and 1980s? I know I was….


Increase Wi-Fi Signal in 6 Steps

Don’t rely upon the cable company for a strong Wi-Fi signal. You can improve the Internet service in your home with just six easy steps. What do we want? Quicker Wi-Fi service. When do we want…


A DVR for antenna TV?

Savvy cord-cutters have figured out that if you don’t have an antenna, you’re missing out on a lot. Streaming services like Playstation Vue, Sling TV and even Hulu’s rumored upcoming service aren’t going to give you…


DISH gets innovative with “skinny bundles”

Competition makes people think. That’s a good thing. Times have been tough for pay-TV in general, with more people thinking about cutting the cord and getting all their entertainment from antennas and from the internet. Most…



Can you still buy a DIRECTV AM21?

Yes, but they’re getting hard to find. DIRECTV’s AM21 over-the-air tuner module has provided DIRECTV DVRs and receivers with the ability to pull in signals using an antenna since 2009. While it looks gargantuan today, it was…


NFL Network returns to DISH

DISH and the NFL have found some common ground, and this means that DISH subscribers will get some football loving after all. Several sources are reporting that the two companies have resolved a dispute that came…


Satellite TV without satellite reception?

Inevitably, your satellite service will go down. It happens less than .1% of the time and usually fixes itself, but it does happen. Satellite TV is about ten times more reliable on average than cable, but…



8K Satellite TV begins testing in Japan

Japanese television network NHK is always on the forefront of technology. The company started HDTV broadcasts in the 1980s — you read that right — and has been doing 4K for longer than anyone else. They’ve…