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TIP: Use the smallest splitter possible

Admit it, we all have a tendency to use large splitters when we could use small ones. Even though the large ones cost more, we put them in because we want to future-proof our systems….


RVU: The biggest thing since Multi-Room Viewing

Starting with the DIRECTV HR34, future satellite receivers will use a new technology called RVU. RVU, pronounced “R-view”, is a complete departure from anything that DIRECTV has done before. DIRECTV made waves with its multiroom…


FTA: Satellite Service for Everyone Else

The first satellite transmissions were 100% free. When Telstar, the first communications satellite to carry television signals, went live in 1962, there was nothing else like it. All it took was a very large antenna…


TIP: Show your SD Channels

There are a lot of reasons to watch a standard definition channel instead of a high-definition one. Maybe you’re experiencing rain fade, or maybe the line-of-sight to the high-def satellite has gotten restricted, giving you…


Mobile DTV is the future

Have you ever tried to watch TV in a moving car? It’s not so easy. At best you can get a minute or so of good reception and then you lose it again. If you’re using…


MoCA 101: What is MoCA?

What is MoCA? In 2004, the Multimedia over Coax Alliance was formed. The goal was a simple one: most people had high-quality coaxial cable throughout their homes, but distributing content from one place to another…


Why Use a Third-Party Installer?

If you’re about to upgrade your home entertainment system, or if this is your first time moving away from the cable company, your first thought is probably to let the manufacturer do the install. In…


What is the best HDTV Antenna?

The answer would seem to be simple… the one that works. But how do you know? There’s a funny thing going on in the world right now. Even though home budgets are strained to the…