January 2017

CES 2017: HDMI 2.1 announced

This could be big… eventually. The HDMI Forum, who do nothing but develop the standards used in HDMI cables, announced HDMI 2.1, which will eventually have a use in TVs and computers. The move was…

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CES 2017: DISH Booth Report

DISH and Sling TV were in a new location this year in the central hall, closer to RCA and other manufacturers and away from the Intel booth, which was inexplicably busy considering that no one really…


CES Day 1 Report: Is there a trade show here?

OK, fair is fair. The show actually doesn’t open until tomorrow. There have been press events and all, but the main action at the convention center doesn’t start until tomorrow at 10am. So what, exactly, did…


New AIM meter firmware available

If you have an AIM meter, you know the importance of keeping it current. Unfortunately, since these meters are intended just for DIRECTV installers, firmware can be hard to get. As a public service, we keep…


Channel Scan: What I Didn’t Tell You

By now, you know that my first cord-cutting experience was a success. But there’s something I didn’t tell you about my first TV antenna channel scan. Hey, it’s Jake again. I hope you enjoyed joining me…


We’re off to CES 2017!

We don’t have a bus or a couple million dollars in gear to back, but we’re on our way! The Consumer Electronics Show, better known as CES, starts officially tomorrow and we’re going to be there…




Cord-Cutting is Easy and Fun

You don’t have to be a technological genius to cut the cord. It’s not hard to assemble a TV antenna, attach it to a TV, then run a channel scan. When it comes to any kind…


Will we see DIRECTV at this year’s CES?

We’re mere hours away from the opening of the 2017 Consumer Electronics show. The whole blog team is packing up and getting ready to head down to Las Vegas, where temperatures are expected to be a…



DIRECTV forced to black out stations in 33 markets

If you’re in one of the cities with a Hearst-owned local station, you probably don’t need me to tell you that you’ve lost that station. DIRECTV’s contract negotiations with Hearst Television didn’t get wrapped up by…


What does wire gauge actually mean?

As a professional you probably understand wire gauge. You may be able to imagine what a 16 gauge wire looks like, and you know that as the number goes up, the size goes down. Did you…