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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…

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: When SD was still a thing

As recently as 2013, major network programs were still being shot in standard definition. Don’t believe me? Check out this week’s “Throwback Thursday,” when I took a look at real network programming being shot in standard…



THROWBACK THURSDAY: Microsoft .NET

One of the biggest mistakes Microsoft made in the 2000s was called “.NET.” It was supposed to be an easy way to build apps that worked on your computer and on the web, and it was…


THROWBACK THURSDAY: SportsNet LA

Three years ago this week, SportsNet LA, known to most folks as “The Dodgers Channel,” went on the air. We covered it here. At the time, only Time Warner Cable customers could see it, along with a…


THROWBACK THURSDAY: Nokia 3310

Ah, the dumbphone. It’s been a decade since we said goodbye to you, although I still miss you sometimes. We didn’t call them “dumbphones” then, we called them “featurephones” because they actually were smarter than the phones…



THROWBACK THURSDAY; Nightmare Scenario?

It could still happen. Back in 2013 I worried that streaming would get so big, so fast, that it would kill traditional broadcasting and then everyone would depend on the internet, which wouldn’t be able to…




THROWBACK THURSDAY: Podcast #1

About four years ago, I started a new feature: The Solid Signal Podcast. The first podcast was heard about 100 times across different media, not exactly a huge success out of the gate. But big things…




THROWBACK THURSDAY: Intel streaming video?

The date was January 2, 2013. Intel announced that they were developing a “revolutionary” streaming video service. It would be everything that DIRECTV NOW is today, and also let you pause live TV and have access…