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The Easy Way to Watch HD Programming for Free
This isn’t much of a secret so there’s no reason to try to stuff the cat back into the bag. Buy an antenna. Get free high definition and digital television programming. There are some stipulations, but really, it’s that simple.
Which HDTV Format is Best: 720p, 1080i, or 1080p?
High definition television is the highest form of digital television. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is the same as a movie theater screen. This is possibly HD's biggest selling point. The other is the resolution. High definition is the best available picture on a television. It comes in three different flavors: 720p, 1080i and 1080p.
Still Using An Antenna? Here's How to Optimize...
Given identical broadcast conditions, a digital TV signal won’t travel as far as an analog TV signal because terrestrial constraints affect it more than analog. Amplifying or boosting the signal is a potential fix to your reception issue.
Want Better Streaming? Change Your Wi-Fi Channel!
How to change the channel on your Wi-Fi router
DirecTV or Dish Network: Which One is Better?
Comparison between satellite providers DirecTV and DISH Network.
HDMI, DVI, and HDCP: Which Is Best For Me?
What is HDMI/HDCP and DVI/HDCP, and what do they do? Do I need one on my consumer electronics equipment? I'm thinking about buying a new television, so should I get one with HDMI or DVI?
Connecting an Audio-Visual Source Using...
Step-by-step instructions for connecting an audio/video source to a television using component video cables.
Fix Digital TV Reception
How to fix digital TV reception with an indoor antenna.
What Is UltraViolet Video?
Introduction to UltraViolet video rights technology
Top 5 Digital Converter Boxes
Buying a good digital (DTV) converter box is important if you use an analog television and/or VCR with an antenna.
How To Replace A Lost or Broken Remote Control
One of the most frantic of times for people can come when they learn that their remote control is lost or broken. How it got that way is unimportant. The moral of the story is that the remote control is gone. No longer will it serve its master. So, how do we fix this situation?
How to Internet Enable Your TV
Tips on enabling a standard TV to access Internet content.
How To Recycle or Donate Your TV
This list consists of businesses that can help you recycle or donate a television or accessories.
What is a HDCP Error?
An issue facing consumers/TV watchers is using HDMI and DVI on non-HDCP components. It could cause you to lose the benefit of high definition.
What Is The Best Viewing Distance To Watch A TV...
How far should a person sit from the TV? I always heard growing up that sitting too close would make a person blind. Is thus true?
How to Troubleshoot Your DTV Converter Box
Here are a few troubleshooting tips you can use to try and fix your problem.
Connect a digital cable box, VCR and DVD player...
How do I connect a digital cable box, VCR and DVD player to a TV that does not have AV inputs for the DVD player?
Should You Buy an LED or a LCD TV?
Explanation of LED TVs and their relationship to LCD TVs.
Top 8 Indoor and Outdoor Antennas
A list featuring some of the top indoor and outdoor antennas.
What is HDTV?
Frequently asked questions about high definition television (HDTV).
If You're Buying a New Tv Read This First.
Essential knowledge that will help you buy the right TV.
Comparison of Cable, Satellite and IPTV...
Since I like to save a buck when I can, comparing digital television packages offered by cable, satellite and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) providers in my area just makes sense to me.
All About Over-The-Air Antennas (OTA)
Antennas are considered either indoor or outdoor. There is a difference between the two.
Comparison: Buying Online vs In A Store
A comparison between online and retail with respect to convenience, price, availability, customer service, returns/exchanges/refunds, and warranty.
Before You Buy an Antenna and Watch HD for Free
What you need to know before buying a TV antenna.
Basic Types of Televisions
Buying a television can be frustrating if you don’t know what you’re looking for. From tubes to plasma, there are more models on store shelves than covers of magazines. Before exploring analog versus digital, SDTV, HDTV, and EDTV, take a look at the basic styles of televisions in today’s consumer market.
FAQ: Will I need a DTV Converter Box if I buy a...
Will I need a DTV Converter Box if I buy a High Definition television?
FAQ: DLP Lamp Replacement and Maintenance
Buying a television is like a car – you have to spend a little maintenance to keep it running smooth. Click to read about DLP replacement lamps.
What Is "Smart" TV?
Introduction to the Smart TV concept, 2012
Connect Your Digital Camcorder To Your TV
Learn how to connect your digital camcorder to your television by reading this article - comes complete with pictures.
Wireless AV Transmitters and Receivers
I have cable service in my living room only. The apartment manager won't let me run a cable to my bedroom. Is there a device that will let me remotely have TV in my bedroom without running a cable?
Budget TVs at ConsumerSearch.com
Top five budget TVs at ConsumerSearch.com
How Satellite Subscribers Can Stop Losing...
A tip on how satellite subscribers can improve or stop losing reception during a storm.
What Is An Edge-Lit LED TV?
Definition and explanation of edge-lit LED TV.
How Many HDMI Inputs Do I Want on a HDTV?
How many HDMI inputs should you buy on a TV?
Hide Duplicate Analog Channels on a DirecTV HD...
How do you hide duplicate channels on a DirecTV HD receiver?
BRAVIA Sony Televisions - Which to buy - 240hz,...
Need help understanding which refresh rate is better with respect to Sony BRAVIA televisions? Here's a quick answer to the 240hz, 120hz and 60hz question.
Comparison of Cable and Satellite Television
A comparison of common services provided by cable and satellite companies in the United States and Canada.
Record Digital TV on a VCR
How to watch one channel while recording another on a VCR while connected to a digital converter box and HDTV.
Terk Wireless TV Transmitter - Model LF-30S
Product review of Terk Leapfrog wireless A/V transmitter/receiver model LF-30S.
What to Do If You Still Need a DTV Converter...
What should you do if you need a DTV converter box coupon?
TV Wall Mount Brackets
Overview of the three types of TV wall mount brackets.
Choosing an Outdoor Antenna with Antenna Web
Part of the antenna buying process includes choosing the type of outdoor antenna that is best for your area. This process is made easy by Antenna Web
Where Is the Digital TV Tuner?
Article about the TV tuners needed to receive digital TV.
Top 4 Under Cabinet TVs for the Kitchen
A list of under the cabinet televisions that would be perfect for the kitchen or any small space requiring viewing of the television from all corners of the room.
What Is a TV Extended Warranty?
A look at TV extended warranties and items to consider before buying.
Which HDTV Should You Buy: 720p, 1080i, 1080p?
Which high definition television (HDTV) resolution is better - 720p, 1080i or 1080p? This is a question many people want to know. Marketing literature would suggest 1080p is the way to go but I'm not convinced.
What is the Difference between a Television and...
I am shopping on the computer for a television. I see items listed as televisions and others listed as monitors. What is the difference?
Hands-On Review: Monster N-Ergy Headphones
Hands-On Review: Monster N-Ergy Headphones
What is HDCP?
Learn about HDCP, High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection.
Hands-On Revew: Mohu Leaf HDTV Antenna
Full review of Mohu Lead HDTV Antenna
What is TV Contrast Ratio?
Explanation of TV contrast ratio and how it affects buying a HDTV.
What Is an Internet-Enabled TV?
Detailed description of what an Internet-enabled television is and what an Internet-enabled set is capable of.
What Is an A/B Switch?
This useful television accessory allows two RF/coaxial devices to connect into a single input. Here are three common scenarios where you might use one.
Step by Step Tutorial with Pictures: How To...
Step 2: A step by step list of instructions with pictures detailing how to connect a video switcher (and appropriate devices) to a television. Page 2.
AV Wiring: Connection Guide
Audio Video Wiring Diagrams: A How To Connect Guide for those installing televisions. Components include TV, VCR, DVD player, video game console, home theater stereo system, HD recorders, cable box and satellite receivers.
Connecting a High-Definition Video Source Using...
Step-by-step guide demonstrating the proper way to connect a high-definition video source to a television using an HDMI cable.
Sennheiser Wireless Headphones: Model RS-120
Sennheiser's model RS-120 wireless headphones give consumers an easy-to-use wireless alternative to open-air speakers and headphones with cords. Read more in the product review.
Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupon Program
In an effort to help curb the cost impact for analog TV owners, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce developed a converter box program, which allows analog TV owners to request coupons towards the purchase of a digital-to-analog converter box.
What Do I Need To Get High Definition...
In order to watch high definition (HD) programming you will need a television capable of displaying HD images and a source of programming.
TV Technologies Comparison Guide
Which TV Technology Is Right For You?
Pros and Cons: Rear Projection Televisions
A list of advantages and disadvantages associated with rear projection televisions when comparing them to CRT direct view and flat panel models. Page 2.
Top Surge Protectors for Your HDTV
A surge protector is something everyone should use to protect their television from electrical spikes. These spikes can cause permanent damage to your HDTV or electronic devices.
Introduction to CableCARD Technology
An introduction to CableCARD technology, which is also known as Plug and Play. All televisions with a CableCARD slot will have a built-in ATSC digital tuner, which means the TV is digital cable ready. However, not all digital cable ready televisions will feature a CableCARD slot.
7 Ways to Save Money on Your TV Service
How to save money on your monthly TV service, whether you have satellite or cable television.
Get HD Channels With Analog Cable for Free
Did you know that many cable providers don't encrypt the high definition signal of broadcast stations on their analog cable feed? Find out how you can get these channels for free.
How Much Does High Definition (HDTV) Cost?
The price of a new HDTV is variable. It is a mixture of how much you are willing to spend versus how much your taste wants you to spend.
Buy a TV Antenna That Receives UHF and VHF...
Most digital signals are broadcast within the UHF spectrum but there are VHF digital channels. This is a critical point to consider when buying an antenna.
Comparing LCD and Plasma Flat Panel HDTVs
A list of advantages and disadvantages associated with LCD and plasma flat panel display televisions.
How To Watch One Channel and Record Another...
One of the most common questions I get from readers is “can I use a DTV converter box and still record one channel on my VCR while watching another on my analog TV?”
Connecting a Digital Cable Box or Satellite...
Connecting a Digital Cable Box or Satellite Receiver, VCR and DVD Player to a TV
Is it possible to record TV programming on a...
Is it possible to record TV programming on a VCR when using a Digital (DTV) converter box?
Buying Advice: Stretching the Picture on a...
A stretched picture is when a 4:3 image is pulled on the sides to fill the entire screen. People and images end up looking fatter/wider and shorter. This is an issue with widescreen televisions...
Before You Buy A Television
What you need to consider before buying a new television like price, type, and where to buy.
Step by step tutorial showing how to connect a...
A step by step tutorial showing how to connect a dtv converter box to an analog tv. Page 3.
Toshiba REGZA 32" LCD HDTV - Model 32HL67
If you’re looking for a sub-$1000 32” LCD panel then I definitely recommend looking at the REGZA line of Toshiba LCDs. The 32HL67 is part of Toshiba's 2007 line of REGZA high definition televisions.
Overview of HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital...
This article will explain the basics about HDCP technology and how it affects the consumer.
How to Save Money When Buying a HDTV
Saving a buck is important to me. Call it my new found quest to find financially reasonable solutions to buying a new high definition television (HDTV).
Introduction to Electronic Waste
This article will focus on Electronic Waste and how it applies to televisions, but E-Waste applies much more than just televisions.
Introduction to Internet Protocol Television...
IPTV stands for internet protocol television. Any person that's watched a clip online has experienced a form of IPTV.
Extended Warranty
Buying advice for an extended warranty or TV service plan. Page 2.
What are the Benefits of Using an Antenna
What are the benefits of using an antenna compared to cable and satellite television?
Before You Before You Buy An Internet-Enabled TV
Expert advice on things to consider before buying an Internet-Enabled TV.
Will TV Band Radios Work with Digital TV?
TV band radios are AM/FM radios that also receive the audio portion of a TV signal, which makes it possible to listen to TV on the radio.
An Introduction to Audio/Video Wiring
A short tutorial on how to connect any device to a television.
What is the meaning of the EI (E-eye) icon...
What is the meaning of the EI (E-eye) icon appearing on children's Saturday morning television programming?
Hands on Review: Rotel RSX 1562 A/v Receiver
Hands on Review: Rotel RSX 1562 A/V Receiver
Connect a RF Modulator to TV that doesn't have...
Connecting a Digital Cable Box or Satellite Receiver, VCR and DVD Player to a TV without AV inputs by using a RF Modulator. Page 2.
Pros and Cons: DVD-Recorder vs VCR vs DVR
A comparison of good and bad features associated with DVD-recorders, video cassette recorders and digital video recorders.
The Digital Transition: What You Need To Know
The digital transition is something that’s giving a lot of people headaches. What is it? Who will it affect? When is it? Why? What if I have cable or satellite? Do I have to buy a new television?
Pros and Cons: CRT Tube Televisions (Direct View)
A list of advantages and disadvantages associated with CRT direct view televisions when comparing them to rear projection and flat panel models.
What Is 3D TV?
Basic definition of 3D TV as it stands today.
RCA multi-directional indoor antenna designed...
This is a product review of the ANT 1500 by RCA, a non-amplified indoor multi-directional digital antenna designed for DTV reception.
Product Review: Syntax Olevia 37" LCD TV, Model...
The 537H is a 37” flat panel LCD TV capable of displaying 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i video signals. It has a built-in ATSC/NTSC tuner - meaning it can receive and decode over-the-air (OTA) analog and digital broadcast signals. The panel has a native resolution of 1366x768; it utilizes MediaTek’s MDDI technology.
We Review the Westinghouse LD-4655VX TV
Full review of Westinghouse LD-4655VX LED TV
Budget TVs at ConsumerSearch.com
Top five budget TVs at ConsumerSearch.com
Top 5 40-49" LCD Flat Panel Televisions
A list of the top LCD flat panel televisions.
New Dolby Sound for Mobile Devices
New Dolby Sound For Mobile Devices
FAQ: Does Non-HD Footage Look Worse on HDTVs...
“I've heard several times that non-HDTV content looks worse on HDTVs. Then I read something that implied that the non-HDTV content looks worse on 1080p than 720p and if you will watch much non-HDTV then you should get a 720p set. Is there any truth to that?”
Toshiba SD-V392 DVD/VCR Combo
A product review of the Toshiba SD-V392 DVD Video Player & Video Cassette Recorder.
Hands-On Review: Sony BDP-S380 Blu-Ray Player
Hands-on review of the Sony BDP-S380 Blu-Ray player
An Introduction to DLP - Digital Light Processing
A collection of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about DLP or Digital Light Processing televisions.
Top 6 Coolest Universal Remote Controls
Maybe we wouldn't lose the remote if it included some features (not to mention a price) that made us feel more “attached” to it. This list features some advanced remotes that carry a lot of features you might need now or grow to love later.
PC to TV - TruLink USB to VGA Adapter Kit -...
The TruLink USB to VGA adapter kit is a wireless TV transmitter in disguise.
Profile: RCA TruFlat™ 27" SDTV...
CA's TruFlat TV, model 27F634T, is a standard definition direct view digital television with a 27" 4:3 screen.
What Is an Amplified Antenna?
Definition of amplified antenna.
Aspect Ratio
Definition for the TV'Video term - Aspect Ratio
Before You Buy a Blu-ray Player
Buying a Blu-ray player is a big decision. Check out these tips to be sure you have all the facts you need before heading to the electronics store.
Rear-Projection TV Pros and Cons
A look at the basic pros and cons of modern rear-projection televisions.
Frequently Asked Questions: LCD Rear Projection...
A list of questions comprised to help consumers understand the basics of LCD or Liquid Crystal Display rear projection televisions.
HDMI
HDMI is High-Definition Multimedia Interface. How does it affect you?
Digital TV
June 12, 2009, the broadcast television stations will become fully digital. How will this affect you? What impact will it have on cable and satellite?
Overview of Freeview TV in the United Kingdom...
Overview of Freeview TV in the United Kingdom (UK).
PC to TV - Changing Resolution
If the Mirror function doesn't work for you when using the TruLink Wireless USB to VGA Adapter Kit then you'll have to change your PC resolution to match the VGA output. Here's how.
Commodity TV: The Nightmare Scenario
Have TVs become too cheap? TV / Video.
Consumer Recall: Philips Ambilight Plasma TVs
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Hands-On Review: B&W MM-1 Multimedia Speakers
Hands-On Review: B&W MM-1 Multimedia Speakers
Over-The-Air
Definition for the TV'Video term - Over-The-Air
What You Need To Know Before Buying a DTV...
This is a buyer's guide for NTIA coupon eligible DTV converter boxes.
Review of LG's 47LH50 LCD Television
Expert review of LG's 47LH50 Internet-Enabled LCD TV.
Connect multiple components to TV that has one...
Connecting a Digital Cable Box or Satellite Receiver, VCR, DVD Player and Video Game Console to a TV with only one AV input by using a Video Switcher. Page 3.
Vizio 52" LCD HDTV, Model GV52LF
Vizio announced the release of four 1080P LCD HDTVs in August 2007. The cream of the new models is the GV52LF, a 52-inch giant that anchors Vizio’s Gallevia line.
FCC's Plug and Play Factsheet
A posting of the Federal Communications Commission's plug and play factsheet. Plug and Play is a new feature of digital television that eliminates the need for a set-top box to receive digital cable signals.
Top Picks: Five LCD Manufacturers You Should...
A list of five leading Liquid Crystal Display manufacturers in the television industry.
Reduce. Re-Use. Recycle. Retreat.
Overview of global industry in flux
Glossary of TV Terms - Digital Sub-Channels
Glossary of TV Terms - Digital Sub-Channels
Review of Accurian 7” Portable Handheld...
This is a product review of Accurian’s 7” portable handheld TV, model 16-454, that is sold exclusively at Radio Shack.
Westinghouse Model SK-32H240S
The SK-32H240S is a good TV for the money. Sure, the colors don't 'pop' as much as higher-priced LCD
You Bought A New HDTV – Now What?
I have purchased a new TV each year for the past two years. The average cost was about $1250. Even though I knew I wanted a new TV, each unit was an impulse buy. So, there I was sitting on the couch watching my new TV wondering if I made the right choice – financially and technologically speaking.
Frequently Asked Questions - DVD Players
Frequently asked questions regarding types of DVD players, digital and analog, what multi-region and multi-formats mean, and what types of outputs there are. This is a great learning document for all DVD consumers.
Hands-On Review: VooMote Zapper iPhone/iPad...
Hands-On Review VooMote Zapper iPhone/iPad Remote Control
Making TV Terminology Easy To Understand
Definitions of terms associated with the purchase of a television.
The Dilemma Of Picture Quality
How much does image quality matter in video?
DTV Converter Box Coupon Program Has Long...
How long is the wait is it to get a DTV converter box coupon?
Review of Vizio SV370XVT LCD TV
Expert review of Vizio's SV370XVT LCD TV.
What happens to my analog TV and analog cable...
What happens to my analog TV and analog cable after the digital transition?
What is the difference between a RF modulator...
What is the difference between a RF modulator and video switcher?
Review of Panasonic TC-32LX14 LCD Television
Thorough review of the Panasonic TC-32LX14 high-definition television with photgraphs. The Panasonic TC-32LX14 has a maximum resolution of 720p, and it deserves consideration from anyone buying a set in the $500 price range.
Hands On Review: Linksys E4200 Wireless Router
Hands On Review: Linksys E4200 Wireless Router
Types of Video Cassette Recorders
A look at the types of video cassette recorders available to the consumer, including VHS, S-VHS, DV, and Digital.
How To Set Up An Upconverting DVD Player
How To Set Up An Upconverting DVD Player
Review of Logitech’s Harmony 700...
Expert review of Logitech's Harmony 700 universal remote control.
Will Analog Portable TVs Work with Digital TV?
Will analog portable television be useless after the digital transition?
Preview: Humax 20" LCD TV (model LD 2060) with...
DirecTV and Humax have teamed up to deliver the world's first LCD TV with a built-in DirecTV receiver. I like the idea of this television, but don't let that statement be the deciding factor in your decision to buy or walk past this television.
Buying Refurbished or Open-Box HDTVs
Buying refurbished or open-box HDTVs can be as good, maybe even better, as buying new. The reason is because refurbished/open-box HDTVs often come with the same manufacturer’s warranty as a new product and they’re usually priced considerably less than new same-model HDTVs.
Step by step tutorial showing how to connect a...
A step by step tutorial showing how to connect a dtv converter box to an analog tv.

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