FAQs

Why Are Plasma TVs Heavier Than LCDs?

When selecting large-screen, flat-panel TVs, many consumers narrow their choices down to LCDs and plasmas. Both types offer high-definition images and 3D capabilities, and the prices are comparable in today’s market. One of the major differences between the two technologies is the overall weight of the television. Plasma TVs tend to be heavier than similarly… Read more »

Who determines the rules for delivery of local and distant network programming?

Both cable and satellite providers answer to government regulators, consumers and station owners when determining lineups for various programming packages. Stations must consent to having their programs rebroadcast, and consumer opinion plays an important role in which stations television providers choose to air. However, the Federal Communications Commission regulates all broadcasts, and Congress passed the… Read more »

Which NHL games are subject to blackouts?

Every NHL game has the potential to be subject to a broadcast blackout. Understanding the rules for NHL blackouts can help viewers determine which channel to tune in to when they want to see their favorite team play. About NHL Blackouts An NHL blackout occurs when teams that are local to a customer’s area are… Read more »

What is Advanced Receiver Service-HD?

Advanced Receiver Service is an additional feature that is only available for customers who use a high-definition DVR. The service expands the features of the basic television package to provide a more complete viewing experience. These additional features include: Whole-Home DVR. This feature makes it possible for people to record and watch shows in any room…. Read more »

The Environmental Impact Of Three Types Of Televisions

Every year, televisions use six percent to eight percent of the total amount of electricity that is produced globally. As a result of improved technology, the devices require 60 percent less electricity to operate today than they did in 2006, but plasma displays and LCD screens contain substances that can contaminate soil and swiftly deplete… Read more »

What is DogTV?

DogTV is the first television network specifically designed for dogs. PTV Media LTD created DogTV, with veterinary experts researching and designing the content to ensure its appropriateness for dogs’ behavioral needs and senses. Currently, DogTV is a pay channel available through DirecTV, Roku boxes and an online streaming service. How is DogTV better than just… Read more »

What Do I Need To Watch 3D HD Programming?

After years of growth, HD programming is now widely available and affordable for most families. This reality coincides with a revolution in affordable 3D displays. Although watching HD content in 3D (3DHD) can require special equipment, making this adjustment is generally easy and cheap. Computers users with high-speed Internet connections can start viewing 3DHD content… Read more »

What is the Difference Between LIL and DNS?

The terms “local into local” and “distant network signals” refer to the origins of broadcast network signals and the residential locations of viewers receiving those signals. Distinctions between local and distant, as well as the eligibility to receive each type, refer to satellite reception rather than cable because cable isn’t concerned with over-the-air transmissions.  … Read more »

Can you give me a real-world example of how blackouts work?

Blackouts of sporting events occur because cable and satellite providers must follow league rules about local broadcasts. Traditionally, sports teams order local blackouts to encourage ticket sales or because franchises have granted exclusive broadcast rights to specific networks or stations. One example of this policy is the NFL, which orders local blackouts of broadcasts if… Read more »

Why is the national PBS schedule different from the local PBS?

PBS maintains a national schedule for a network that is specifically available for satellite customers. National PBS broadcasts were first introduced when satellite television was made available to the public. The first satellite television packages were unable to broadcast programming from local PBS affiliates. Local PBS broadcasts are now available only to television customers in… Read more »