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The proper way to hook up a SWM-D2 diplexer

Sonora’s SWM-D2 diplexer is a great piece of technology to have around. Whether you are a commercial installer looking to put broadcast TV on the same line as DIRECTV service or a DIY’er who wants to use…


CES 2013: (one last article) ShinyBow HDMI products

If you’re looking for matrix switching or video wall control, you want to look at Shinybow. They are a lower profile company, but we’ve partnered with them for years to provide quality switch products for bars and…


CES 2013: No COM1000 to see here

Worth mentioning that I visited the Technicolor booth at CES and there was no COM1000 system in sight. Of course, I wasn’t expecting to see it there either. They were there promoting their more well-known…


Hands on with Technicolor MediaTune

This review is available in PDF format! Click here to download. Everyone has heard of Technicolor. Even if you haven’t read our other articles about their COM1000 system, you’ve probably heard of the old cinema days of “Glorious Technicolor.” They…


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…


Focus on DIRECTV Residential Experience 2.0

There are several articles on this blog about DIRECTV Residential Experience. DRE was the focus of DIRECTV’s marketing efforts at the HITEC show, and if you’ve read our review of COM1000 and Floodgate based on HITEC experiences, it’s only…


HITEC 2012 Wrap Up

As I sit in the airport waiting for a flight home, I’ve had some thoughts about HITEC 2012 that I thought I would share. I think the show was a success… There were plenty of…



HITEC 2012: Focus on the Floodgate 4000 Series

Good business is all about options. We strongly recommend DIRECTV’s Residential Experience and COM1000 systems, but they aren’t for everyone. We took a look at the Floodgate 4000 series from Video Propulsion. Like the COM1000, it’s a…


Why is Pro:Idiom so important?

Systems like DIRECTV’s COM1000 keep hotel operators out of trouble by using Pro:Idiom. Pro:Idiom is a content encryption system designed for places like hotels. Without encryption, hotels would be distributing pure digital signals that could easily…


HITEC 2012: DIRECTV RC70H Remote

You’ve seen DIRECTV’s RC70 remote before. The same design is used for RVU installs where it is known as the RC70X. However, the remote was actually designed for hotels first and DIRECTV showed the hotel version,…