September 2016

DIRECTV phasing out satellite TV by 2020?

The web is abuzz this morning with comments from AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who said in a recent Bloomberg article that DIRECTV Now, the company’s upcoming streaming service, will be the primary TV delivery vehicle by 2020. Personally,…



Slow internet? Blame the neighbors.

OK, it’s not all their fault. But if you’re not getting the internet speed you paid for, the culprit may not be the internet company. OK it’s still sort of the internet company. It’s confusing. Maybe I should…


STREAMING SATURDAY: The “real” Emmy Winners

Oh, Buckler, you just don’t get it. My esteemed colleague, deskbound and cranky for having been left behind to mind the blog last week, wants you to think that streaming services won big at the Emmys. He…


Streaming Saturday: Netflix, Amazon Win Emmy Awards

Streaming services Netflix and Amazon won 15 and nine Emmy Awards, respectively. Could this be a sign of the supremacy of streaming in the entertainment world? Whether it took home the win or was honored with…


When do you need a power passing splitter?

Power passing splitter. It’s another one of those terms you will hear about if you spend enough time around antennas and satellite dishes. It’s not a truly accurate term… what is usually meant is “all ports…


OK, let’s get going with “DIRECTV Now”

It’s been over six months since DIRECTV announced that it will have streaming services for customers who don’t want to get satellite TV. Am I the only one who’s getting antsy? Several sites have reported AT&T exec Randall…


FUN FRIDAY: McWhat?

We all know it’s not good for us. There’s no disputing it, though… McDonalds’ fortunes may rise and fall but they’re here to stay. The company has roughly 35 quadrillion locations(slight exaggeration) all over the world…


Do you need a preamp AND a distribution amplifier?

There are two different kinds of antenna amplfiers. Preamplifiers are usually used fairly close to the antenna and are used to compensate for long runs between the antenna and the TV. Distribution amplifiers are traditionally used…


THROWBACK THURSDAY: I was right about HDMI

Take a look for yourself. Back in 2012 I forecast that HDMI would be pretty much the only connection you’d find on TVs and other devices. Of course it wasn’t too hard to guess, considering that the…




Is “Cable” Now a Dirty Word?

In its efforts to reinvent itself, the cable industry’s top lobbying organization confirms that “cable” a dirty word. The National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) recently announced it will be known as “NCTA – The Internet & Television…


BACK TO BASICS: Grounding Block

Whether it’s an antenna or anything else metal on your roof, it simply needs to be grounded. Grounding is a simple procedure where you run a wire from the antenna or dish to a ground source….