Learn all about “Tuner Math”

As we all move from single-tuner and dual-tuner DVRs to new super DVRs like the DIRECTV HR34 Genie, our systems get more and more complex. Even if you’re not a hobbyist you might want to understand a…

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What’s new in the DIRECTV RC66 remote?

Can you tell the difference between these two remotes? They look oddly similar. In fact, they look pretty much like every DIRECTV remote made in the last 10 years, right? Sure, these are backlit remotes, but…


EDITORIAL: Hotels are too far behind

This is Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel, site of DIRECTV’s recent Revolution Dealer Conference and my temporary home for four days. A beautiful hotel with a dizzying complement of marble-lined hallways, hand-painted frescoes, and stunning beauty all…





The battle over voice control

You know… you get to a certain age and it becomes harder and harder to believe that “the next big thing” is going to be as big as everyone says it is. Your brain gets full…



A brief history of video storage

Believe it or not, what you see above you is a video tape recorder. You couldn’t call it a VCR since there’s no cassette. It wasn’t very user-friendly but it did the job. Video storage sure…



How far can a wi-fi signal travel?

Quick answer: further than you can imagine. We’re often frustrated when our wi-fi doesn’t travel all the way from one end of the house to the other. We swear under our breath when it doesn’t…