February 2017

What is DVB-S2?

Satellite TV is different in different parts of the world. The way they do satellite TV in Europe probably won’t affect you if you’re in North America, but for a few lucky people whose yachts are…

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FUN FRIDAY: The Narrow World

I saw this short film a couple of weeks ago and can’t get it out of my head. Called The Narrow World,, you’re meant to think at first that it’s a riff off every alien-landing movie…




Have you seen the new DIRECTV ESPN app?

That’s right, MORE sports. You might have noticed something different if you tuned to one of the ESPN channels lately. Instead of the popup for scoreguide, you might have seen an ad for the new ESPN…


What is a “75-ohm antenna?”

I don’t blame people for asking questions. I don’t even blame them for asking dumb questions. After all, that’s how we learn. No one, myself included, was born knowing everything there is to know about antennas…


HUGE DIRECTV FREE PREVIEW starts tomorrow (2/17)

This is the big one. DIRECTV is opening up ALL its premium channels, that’s HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime for a few days. The free preview starts midnight local time at the beginning of February…


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Nokia 3310

Ah, the dumbphone. It’s been a decade since we said goodbye to you, although I still miss you sometimes. We didn’t call them “dumbphones” then, we called them “featurephones” because they actually were smarter than the phones…



An Amplified Indoor TV Antenna

I was given an antenna by a family member who didn’t want it any longer: It is the RCA, ANT 140. The label said: Thomson Consumer Electronics, Deptford NJ 08096-2088. I don’t know who the…


Watch Planet Earth II in 4K on DIRECTV and DISH

The original Planet Earth won award after award for its beautiful HD photography. That was ten years ago, and its 1080i quality hasn’t held up. It’s still beautiful, but it’s not eye-popping like it was then. Planet…