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    • DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite)

      DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite)

      A DBS, or Direct Broadcast Satellite, is a type of satellite that is used to broadcast data directly to a residence or commercial office, without the use of intermediary cables or other routing equipment. DBS systems are most commonly used for direct broadcast television and Internet access, in which users from anywhere in the world

    • Screen Resolution

      Screen Resolution

      Screen resolution can be defined as the amount of information shown on a screen. Usually the more information on a screen, whether it is digital pixels or analog lines will cause an increase in the quality of the image. The higher the screen resolution will usually mean the better the picture quality. When talking about

    • DVI vs. Component

      DVI vs. Component

      DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a connection standard that can send uncompressed digital signals from one device to another, usually from a DVI DVD player to a High Definition TV or other digital display. Since this technology is fairly new and the fact that many videophiles are either purchasing their first HDTV or upgrading to

    • How to Convert Windows Media to MP3

      How to Convert Windows Media to MP3

      The Windows Media format is the native file format for audio files saved in the Windows Media Player. When an end-user imports music from a CD or other source into the player, the default setting on the target computer will save the file(s) in the WMA or Windows Media format. Not all MP-3 or portable

    • How a Television Antenna Works

      How a Television Antenna Works

      "Low Tech" is the best way to describe a basic television antenna. Television antennas feature a series of elements cut to exact lengths which are designed to receive a compatible frequency from a transmitted television signal. Each element has a pair of metal rods (primarily aluminum based) extending from a boom. The key difference between

    • Nagravision

      Nagravision

      Nagravision is a company that develops conditional access systems for cable and satellite television. These conditional access systems usually involve encryption. There are currently three types of Nagravision versions in place; they are all used for digital cable and digital satellite television. They include Nagravision, Nagravision A and Nagravision Aladdin. Nagravision is generally used for

    • FTA Dish

      FTA Dish

      Free To Air (FTA) dishes receive unencrypted television or radio broadcast signals. They can decode standard MPEG-2/DVB-S for digital television. FTA receivers are designed to detect active transponders and their channels without being pre-programmed thereby collecting any available information they can detect. With the use of these receivers, television viewers can receive transmissions without subscription.

    • Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

      Digital Video Recorder (DVR)

      A DVR, which is also known as a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) is basically a digital replacement for the video cassette recorder (VCR) for recording TV programs. The key difference between a VCR and a DVR is that the latter can record TV programs digitally. Apart from the advent of High Definition TV (HDTV), the

    • How DirecTV and Dish Network Stop Signal Theft

      How DirecTV and Dish Network Stop Signal Theft

      Reducing Signal Theft by Blacklisting Access Cards DirecTV maintains a list of cancelled access cards. If an access card with a blacklisted CAM ID is utilized, you will receive the “Call Extension 745” error message. Reducing Signal Theft with ECM (Electronic Counter Measures DirecTV and Dish Network engineers also broadcast hostile signals that instruct the

    • ATSC Tuner

      ATSC Tuner

      ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) is a group which defines the standards for digital television transmission in the United States and many other counties. ATSC is the digital replacement for the earlier analog standard, NTSC. The ATSC standards are created by the Advanced Television Steering Committee, whose charter members are the Electronic Industries Association (EIA),

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