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    by Published on 04-19-2017 10:49 AM
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    Stop looking at your watch, it's not 2009. As DIRECTV moves closer to its goal of turning off all standard definition broadcasts in 2019, it still has a bit of work to do. Surprisingly, not every TV market served by DIRECTV actually has HD channels, and so losing SD ones would be a huge problem. In fact, as ...
    by Published on 04-17-2017 01:36 PM
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    If you're like most people you watch about nine channels all the time. Sure, you'll browse the guide from time to time but most folks can pick nine favorites. Take out the major networks -- you know what channel they're on -- and imagine if your nine favorite national channels ...
    by Published on 04-17-2017 12:50 PM
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    A lot of people call our tech desk and ask why they would want a SWM upgrade. So, let's lay it out nice and easy... here are the advantages:

    • A SWM system only needs one wire per receiver.
    • Genie DVRs and clients only work with SWM systems.
    • All future DIRECTV products will be SWM-only.
    • SWM systems let you do whole-home viewing without ethernet cables.
    • The network design used in SWMs is much better for whole-home viewing.
    • A SWM system uses a separate power inserter and doesn't rely on power fro the receivers (like an older system.)
    • SWM systems can use splitters anywhere in the run, while older systems can't be split.
    by Published on 04-16-2017 03:43 PM
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    It's basically satellite internet. VSAT stands for "very small aperture terminal" which, let's be honest, doesn't tell you any more than you already knew. So let's back up a little bit.

    Back in the 1960s, the only people who sent information up to satellites were big companies (like the phone company) and ...
    by Published on 04-16-2017 03:00 PM
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    2. Auto/Marine,
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    It's, like, satellite TV.

    TVRO stands for "television, receive only." Right there, the way they worded it you know someone with a military background made that up. TVRO is a term that applies to commercial satellite dishes that might otherwise be mistaken for something else. TVRO dishes don't do radar, they don't connect to the internet, they don't communicate with airplanes. They get satellite TV. That's it.

    And now you're wondering why that is really some sort of consideration. Obviously at home it isn't because if there's a dish on your roof, of course it's getting satellite TV. But take the example of marine satellite dishes. Your basic marine satellite dish looks like what you see above. It's a white gumdrop that's somewhere between 20" and 100" in diameter. Yes, they really do vary that much. A large vessel could have several of them, all doing different things. So, at some point I guess you get tired of saying "not-radar, not-navigation, just-satellite-TV" and you start saying TVRO.

    TVRO marine dishes are these amazing little feats of technology that should not work. If you think about it, the slightest bump on your roof-mounted dish sets it off aim and here's a dish that moves across the ocean and bobbles left and right and up and down and it's pretty amazing that they can keep track of it.

    I recently visited Intellian's US tech facility and they showed me the powerful hardware that controls these dishes. They do actually receive GPS coordinates so they can aim themselves roughly, and once they have a rough aim they're constantly adjusting themselves to keep the strongest possible signal. It's a combination of extremely complex logic and taking advantage of the way that satellite signals actually work. It's amazing.

    If you're in the market for a satellite system for your boat, whether it's large or small, I encourage you to call the experts at Signal Connect, our commercial and installation arm. We can give you the best advice and find a system that works for you no matter where in the world you are. Just give us a call at 866.726.4182!
    by Published on 04-14-2017 11:00 AM
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    Because content providers are greedy. Actually there's a bit more to it than that but yeah. That.

    DIRECTV's on-demand system dates back almost ten years. It was one of the first nationwide HD on demand systems, although other providers had on demand in SD in larger cable systems for ...