November 2016

REVIEW: DIRECTV 4K (Late 2016)

As we inch closer to 2017, it’s time to take another look at 4K and answer the question, “Is DIRECTV still the place to be for 4K?” After launching with a lot of fanfare this past…



When AT&T ruled the world

In the 20th century, there was no greater technological giant than AT&T. The company started by Alexander Graham Bell (who may or may not have actually invented the telephone) dominated the century by introducing innovation after innovation. In…



STREAMING SATURDAY: Is Netflix Slipping?

As the streaming services continue to battle for market share, it appears that the crown has begun to slip from Netflix’s head. While Netflix remains the most popular streaming service, its position has been on…



DIRECTV Now? DIRECTV When?

Well, time’s running out. DIRECTV Now, the streaming-only service, from AT&T, was expected to launch this month. Other sites claimed to have memos which put the launch at November 4, but it’s been two weeks…


DIRECTV adds Oxygen in HD

DIRECTV adds another channel in high definition… Oxygen, which targets female older millennials, gen-X, and younger baby boomers, has finally gone HD on DIRECTV on channel 251. There. I know, this channel isn’t terribly interesting for…





THROWBACK THURSDAY: Voice Assistant rants

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Today we are surrounded by voice-controlled assistants. Siri and Google were just the start; today we have Alexa, Cortana, and others I can’t even think of. I’ll be honest, I…


What does “771-Searching for Signal” mean?

Are you getting a message that says “771-Signal Loss” on your DIRECTV receiver? This means the receiver isn’t getting any information from the sky, and there are some easy things to check before you worry about…


What is beam width?

You know what I hate about antennas? See, most people don’t want to do a ton of math and look at goofy polar charts to understand how to point an antenna. If you’re someone who does,…