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CEDIA Expo Report: MoCA Booth Tour

Everyone loves MoCA. Cable, satellite, even computer folks. If you’re not familiar with MoCA networking, it’s the art of sending computer data over a coaxial cable in such a way that it doesn’t interfere with your…

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A la Carte – Has the Time Finally Come?

A la carte programming. Everyone talks about it. What if you could pay for only the channels you actually watched, or even just the programs you actually watched? Most people watch only about 10% of the…


CEDIA Expo Report: Sony 84″ 4K TV

The CEDIA Expo is the go-to location for people who cater to the rich and famous. If you want the best of the best, you hire a CEDIA member to build you an enviable home theater….


CEDIA Day 1 Report

It’s show day here at CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis. I’ve been busy, and as usual hotel internet speeds aren’t going to be much help, but I thought I’d share some of the highlights. Fresh off the…


DISH expands its IPTV offerings

According to a press release DISH is moving further into the IPTV space with additional international channels. DISH has taken the lead over DIRECTV in IPTV, partnering with Roku to provide DishWorld service on Roku IPTV…


Bad news for cable, good news for cord-cutters

The second quarter numbers are in, and it’s not a great time to be a cable company. Broadcast Engineering reports that the top 13 multichannel providers (cable and satellite companies) lost a total of 325,000 subscribers last month….


DIRECTV Protection Plan gets even better

DIRECTV’s Protection Plan is a great deal for those folks who don’t do their own upgrades. We’ve got a lot of DIYers here but there are also a lot of folks who want a simple, worry…



It’s now “DRE” and “DRE Plus”

A little bit of new nomenclature I read about… for all those commercial types who follow DIRECTV Residential Experience. The base level of DRE is now simply called “DIRECTV Residential Experience.” This is the version without…


Is This the Tipping Point for Cable TV?

The Tipping Point. It’s the subject of an excellent book by Malcolm Gladwell. He talks about the tiny little changes that cause an idea to go viral, a social change to occur, or a product to succeed. The…




Seems like Time Warner’s losing customers to antenna

DIRECTV may have lost some subscribers but Time Warner’s got them beat. According to their own financials, released today, They lost 169,000 subscribers in the last quarter. It doesn’t seem like the people who dump Time Warner…