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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.
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.
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.
Comparison between satellite providers DirecTV and DISH Network.
How to fix digital TV reception with an indoor antenna.
Step-by-step instructions for connecting an audio/video source to a television using component video cables.
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?
Introduction to UltraViolet video rights technology
How to change the channel on your Wi-Fi router
Buying a good digital (DTV) converter box is important if you use an analog television and/or VCR with an antenna.
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?
Will I need a DTV Converter Box if I buy a High Definition television?
Tips on enabling a standard TV to access Internet content.
Here are a few troubleshooting tips you can use to try and fix your problem.
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?
What should you do if you need a DTV converter box coupon?
This list consists of businesses that can help you recycle or donate a television or accessories.
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.
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?
Full review of Mohu Lead HDTV Antenna
Explanation of TV contrast ratio and how it affects buying a HDTV.
A list featuring some of the top indoor and outdoor antennas.
Explanation of LED TVs and their relationship to LCD TVs.
Essential knowledge that will help you buy the right TV.
Antennas are considered either indoor or outdoor. There is a difference between the two.
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.
A tip on how satellite subscribers can improve or stop losing reception during a storm.
What you need to know before buying a TV antenna.
Learn about HDCP, High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection.
Learn how to connect your digital camcorder to your television by reading this article - comes complete with pictures.
Frequently asked questions about high definition television (HDTV).
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.
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.
A list of advantages and disadvantages associated with rear projection televisions when comparing them to CRT direct view and flat panel models. Page 2.
How to watch one channel while recording another on a VCR while connected to a digital converter box and HDTV.
Is it possible to record TV programming on a VCR when using a Digital (DTV) converter box?
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.
How many HDMI inputs should you buy on a TV?
A comparison between online and retail with respect to convenience, price, availability, customer service, returns/exchanges/refunds, and warranty.
How do you hide duplicate channels on a DirecTV HD receiver?
Hands-On Review: Monster N-Ergy Headphones
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.
Definition and explanation of edge-lit LED TV.
A comparison of good and bad features associated with DVD-recorders, video cassette recorders and digital video recorders.
A look at TV extended warranties and items to consider before buying.
Introduction to the Smart TV concept, 2012
A review of the SuperFan add-on to the regular NFL SUNDAY TICKET package.
I am shopping on the computer for a television. I see items listed as televisions and others listed as monitors. What is the difference?
Detailed description of what an Internet-enabled television is and what an Internet-enabled set is capable of.
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.
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?
A comparison of common services provided by cable and satellite companies in the United States and Canada.
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.
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.
Article about the TV tuners needed to receive digital TV.
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.
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).
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.
Expert review of the Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics home theater calibration disc.
Hands-On Review VooMote Zapper iPhone/iPad Remote Control
Step 2: A step by step list of instructions with pictures detailing how to connect a video switcher (and appropriate devices) to a television.
In order to watch high definition television programming you will need a television capable of displaying HD images and a source of programming.
HDMI is High-Definition Multimedia Interface. How does it affect you?
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.
Product review of Terk Leapfrog wireless A/V transmitter/receiver model LF-30S.
Overview of the three types of TV wall mount brackets.
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.
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.
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.
What are the benefits of using an antenna compared to cable and satellite television?
Which TV Technology Is Right For You?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the list of full power broadcast stations that will transition to digital on or before February 17, 2009. Page 3.
A quick look at the benefits of an indoor HDTV antenna like the Zenith ZHDTV1.
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 Receiver, VCR and DVD Player to a TV
What you need to consider before buying a new television like price, type, and where to buy.
This article will explain the basics about HDCP technology and how it affects the consumer.
This article will focus on Electronic Waste and how it applies to televisions, but E-Waste applies to much more than just televisions.
A step by step tutorial showing how to connect a dtv converter box to an analog tv. Page 3.
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.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the list of full power broadcast stations that will transition to digital on or before February 17, 2009. Page 2.
Going above and beyond the call of duty, several consumer electronics manufacturers have raised the stakes in terms of quality and size for HDTVs at the consumer level.
Hands on Review: Rotel RSX 1562 A/V Receiver
The TruLink USB to VGA adapter kit is a wireless TV transmitter in disguise.
Full review. TV / Video.
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.
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?
How long is the wait is it to get a DTV converter box coupon?
A list of advantages and disadvantages associated with CRT direct view televisions when comparing them to rear projection and flat panel models.
Expert review of the Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3.
Expert advice on things to consider before buying an Internet-Enabled TV.
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.
This is a product review of the ANT 1500 by RCA, a non-amplified indoor multi-directional digital antenna designed for DTV reception.
How much does image quality matter in video?
Learn several ways to save money on your monthly television service, whether you have satellite or cable television.
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.
Full review of Westinghouse LD-4655VX LED TV
Overview of global industry in flux
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.
Step-by-step guide demonstrating the proper way to connect a high-definition video source to a television using an HDMI cable.
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.
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...
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.
Basic definition of 3D TV as it stands today.
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.
This is a buyer's guide for NTIA coupon eligible DTV converter boxes.
Top five budget TVs at ConsumerSearch.com
IPTV stands for internet protocol television. Any person that's watched a clip online has experienced a form of IPTV.
Hands-On Review: B&W MM-1 Multimedia Speakers
First look at Dish Network's TV Everywhere service. Page 5.
Have TVs become too cheap? TV / Video.
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.
“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?”
What happens to my analog TV and analog cable after the digital transition?
The Cable•it by Monster is a cable organization kit that eliminates the clutter of audio and video cables behind the television.
A profile of iN DEMAND Networks high definition cable channels INHD and INHD2.
New Dolby Sound For Mobile Devices
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.
A list of advantages and disadvantages associated with LCD and plasma flat panel display televisions.
Hands On Review: Linksys E4200 Wireless Router
What is the meaning of the EI (E-eye) icon appearing on children's Saturday morning television programming?
A short tutorial on how to connect any device to a television.
Definition for the TV'Video term - Aspect Ratio
A list of questions comprised to help consumers understand the basics of LCD or Liquid Crystal Display rear projection televisions.
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This is a product review of Accurian’s 7” portable handheld TV, model 16-454, that is sold exclusively at Radio Shack.
Hands-on review of the Sony BDP-S380 Blu-Ray player
How To Set Up An Upconverting DVD Player
A review of Digital Innovations SkipDr disc repair system - manual model.
Tips for the person that needs help with digital TV.
A product review of the Toshiba SD-V392 DVD Video Player & Video Cassette Recorder.
Definitions of terms associated with the purchase of a television.
Product profile of TenLabs TenBox DVR storage box model TB1000. Marketed towards DirecTV HD-DVRs, it works with other HD DVRs as well.
The SK-32H240S is a good TV for the money. Sure, the colors don't 'pop' as much as higher-priced LCD
Expert review of Bayes High Performance Screen Cleaner.
Connect DTV Converter and RF Modulator - How To Connect a DTV Converter and RF Modulator to an analog TV. Page 6.
A look at the basic pros and cons of modern rear-projection televisions.
The digital transition had its share of controversy from multiple delays to post-transition problems with transmitting digital TV signals. Here are some of my favorite comments about digital TV, which includes a link to the blog post where the comment was posted.
Connect DTV Converter - How To Connect a DTV Converter to an analog TV. Page 4.
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 MediaTeks MDDI technology.
A collection of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about DLP or Digital Light Processing televisions.
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 (UK).
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.
The TV Wall Mounting Kit for Dummies by Bell’O is one of those rare products that aims at removing the stress associated with house projects. The instructions are easy to read. The pieces are easy to handle. Leveling the bracket was a piece of cake.
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.
Do you need a professional to adjust your TV's picture quality, or can you do it yourself? Page 3.
Overview of the types of TV brackets for wall mounting a flat panel HDTV