April 2017





Do you need an antenna rotator?

Antennas are great but… they don’t get signals from every direction. The most powerful antennas, the most efficient ones, are also the ones that are the most directional. If you live far away from the broadcast…


NICE AND EASY: What is “VSAT?”

It’s basically satellite internet. VSAT stands for “very small aperture terminal” which, let’s be honest, doesn’t tell you any more than you already knew. So let’s back up a little bit. Back in the 1960s, the…


NICE AND EASY: What is “TVRO?”

It’s, like, satellite TV. TVRO stands for “television, receive only.” Right there, the way they worded it you know someone with a military background made that up. TVRO is a term that applies to commercial…


What is GLONASS?

Quick answer: It’s the Russian GPS. There’s an interesting history to it that makes it even more interesting. The global positioning system (GPS) was developed by the US Military, so troops on the ground would know…


STREAMING SATURDAY: Amazon, Netflix Improvements

The springtime competition between Amazon Prime Video and Netflix is heating up, just like the weather. This is good news for fans of both streaming services. Good news, streamers! Amazon Prime Video and Netflix are working…


FUN FRIDAY: 0.7734

When I was young, a calculator was not a toy. If you had one in the early 1970s (as my family did) someone in your family was a rich hobbyist. If memory serves, the calculator my…


Who should you call for DIRECTV support?

It’s a numbers game. If you need to talk to someone on the phone about your DIRECTV service, you can call 1-800-DIRECTV. They have some great folks over there. They really do. But will you get…



DIRECTV NOW gets NBC stations in major update

DIRECTV NOW, AT&T’s streaming service, continues to get better and better. Sure, there are competitors out there, and the first few months of the service were a little … difficult sometimes. But they’ve been updating with…


THROWBACK THURSDAY: WebTV

Who here remembers 1996? The internet was a new and exciting place back then, full of promise for power users but still daunting for many people. Even using the most advanced hardware of the day it…