For many people who are comparing cable and satellite television providers, their decision to sign up with a company is often influenced by the company’s home DVR offering. Most companies have similar packages, and prices are always competitive. As people have become accustomed to the convenience a home DVR system offers, this criterion has become more important. For those currently comparing television providers looking through the many DirectTV deals online and Cable bundles shown on TV, here is a comparison of DirectTV’s Genie and cable’s Advanced TV Plus. Continue reading

When it comes to finding the best home theater accessories for a small room, there are an astonishing number of choices available for the consumer. At one time, it was thought that home theaters had to be large affairs that were placed in rooms of their own, but with the new micro-technologies available, home theaters can be set up in even the smallest of spaces.

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When it comes to digital cables, HDMI cables are the most advanced cables you can get today. HDMI cables transmit both uncompressed audio and digital video signals from one device (such as a Blu-ray player) to your flat-panel TV. This ability to carry both audio and digital video signals is great because it eliminates the need for separate audio and video cables, thus reducing clutter. What’s more, you get the highest quality signal possible because HDMI cables support all high definition TV (HDTV) resolutions (including 720p, 1080i and 1080p) as well as EDTV (480p) and standard definition signals. As for audio, while even more improvements are in the works, HDMI cables currently support up to 8 channels of 24-bit audio. This is the best you can get today. Continue reading

Let’s say you are set up with an entertainment center that features the whole shebang. HDTV with an integrated ATSC tuner. An antenna capable of picking up HD signals over the air. And you have all kinds of sweet peripherals ready to feed your TV an amazing high definition picture. Sounds awesome! But are you sure you’re really getting a high def image on your HDTV? Continue reading

Did you know that you can get a high definition signal on your HDTV, right over the airwaves? Provided you live in an area capable of receiving over-the-air (OTA) broadcast signals, your local stations are broadcasting the appropriate digital signals, and if you have an HDTV with a built-in digital tuner or an HD-ready TV with an external HD receiver, you are set up to receive free high definition signals. Continue reading

In 2009, people across the US were scrambling to keep pace with the digital TV transition. This digital switchover, which is just part of a larger move toward digital conversion going on across the globe, required every full-power TV station in the country to broadcast only in the digital format. For many people, the transition to digital ATSC signals had little impact on their TV viewing experience because cable and satellite set top boxes made it possible to view the new signal format on older analog televisions. But in the long term, cable boxes and satellite boxes (not to mention digital-to-analog converter boxes and analog sets running through gaming consoles, VCRs, and DVD players) are an inelegant solution and inferior to the new digital TVs that can make use of the full spectrum of benefits of the ATSC signals. Continue reading

In this post we are presenting the benefits of a 12-volt dc cord accessory, which has become a very popular portable charging option among our customers who are shopping for a 12-volt AC/DC TV. These cords are great for times when you are traveling and want to use your TV on the road. For example, many RV or boat owners use a DC cord to power their TVs. You simply plug the DC cord into your TV and you’ll be able to power your TV using a cigarette lighter socket. Due to the overwhelming demand for this DC cord, we have produced a video that presents this product in detail.

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While most of the 12-volt AC/DC TVs that we sell come equipped with a DC cord inside the box, many customers choose to purchase an additional DC cord just for back-up purposes. Continue reading

You’ve got your awesome new flat panel TV – now it’s time to put it in the perfect spot for the ultimate viewing experience: the wall. Is this the kind of home improvement project you can do yourself? Absolutely, provided you’re comfortable with tasks like hanging framed pictures and mounting shelving. Mounting a flat panel TV is roughly as difficult as those tasks, which aren’t very difficult at all. Are you a pro at using a power drill, measuring tape, screwdrivers, sockets, and ratchets? Even better! Continue reading

While it is possible to create a good looking home theater set-up with wires neatly placed against walls, the most attractive cable and connection solution involves routing everything through the wall. Visible wiring, even when it’s installed as neatly as possible can look cluttered and can make your entertainment area look half finished. Now imagine your TV flush against the wall, without any wires snaking down. Your speakers hidden deftly in all the right corners for a perfect surround sound experience, without cords and cables flanking the baseboards. And peripherals placed wherever they are most useful, not necessarily as close to the TV as possible. That’s what in-wall wiring is all about. Continue reading

The HDMI standard has been improved with new capabilities that are designed to give the user a much better HD experience. Some of the major enhancements introduced in Versions 1.4 and 1.4a are listed below. The new Version 1.4 specifications were introduced in June of 2009 while the 1.4a specifications were introduced in March of 2010. Here is a rundown of some of the major enhancements introduced with this new HDMI specification.  Continue reading