The Professor's HDTV Resource Center
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You may find it a challenge to master all the new terms: digital cable, satellite TV, terrestrial digital TV broadcast, DLP, HD DVD, BluRay, and the new IPTV (that some people are calling "next generation TV"). And then there are all the new technologies such as OLEDs and fiber optics. Even the basic questions can be confusing: what is the difference between plasma and LCD, and why should you care?
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HD TV sites. And it's available as an RSS feed so that you can get each new entry sent to you automatically if you want. (If you don't know what an
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How to Choose the Best Satellite Provider
(updated) - We recently moved and it was high time to reassess our TV services. Here are the steps I followed to compare the leading satellite TV providers, DIRECTV and DISH Network.
Satellite TV Buying Guide
- If you're just getting starting with your research or a bit stuck, check out or recommended plans, answers to frequently-asked questions and more...
Cable TV Alternatives
- From HDTV antennas to internet applications and Chromecast, check out our top 5 ways to slash your cable bills.
DISH Plan Comparison
- Interested in DISH but not sure which plan to choose? In this report, we review and rank the most popular DISH packages, including the most valuable promos available to new customers.
- This economy-level HDTV has created quite the buzz, primarily for its range of features at a sub $300 price level. Check out our rundown of its key specs and features inside.
Sony Bravia KDL-70W850B
- At a price tag of around $2,000, this 70-inch unit packs quite a punch. When you factor in picture quality, resolution and built-in features, there's definitely plenty of value here; read on for more...
- At the higher end of 65-inch LEDs, this model simply doesn't disappoint. With a sizzling refresh rate and color depth & richness, it's one of our favorite offerings from Samsung.
Streaming Device Reviews:
Roku 3 (2015 version)
- Roku is one of the original TV-streaming devices and even as it continues to compete against Apple, Amazon, and Google, in our opinion, Roku still comes out on top. The Roku 3 (new for 2015) has a few extra features that provides a tangible convenience over its predecessors and other TV-streaming devices. For example, this newer model bundles a remote with voice control, a headphone jack for private listening, one-touch app buttons and interactive games with motion control...
- Apart from the excellent functionality, the most appealing thing about the Apple TV is its pedigree and diversity of features. The small TV-streaming device has really evolved and ironed out most of the kinks from its 1st generation offering (first seen in 2007). One of the biggest improvements of the new Apple TV (released in 2012) is its ability to stream and play 1080p HD movies.
- Google's Chromecast launched back in 2013 and, with every generation, just keeps getting incrementally better. Starting at $29.99, this plug-and-play streaming device is a solid companion for anyone who wants to stream music, movies, television, and games from their mobile devices to their TV. Over the years, Chromecast has also developed and optimized seamless WiFi connectivity, 1080p support and a plethora of apps to extend its impressive capability.
Google Nexus Player
- As a global tech leader, Google has given users plenty to love. From Android phones you can root to your Chromebook to the incredible resolution of Google Maps, they continue to change the way we use technology. Launched in 2014, the Google Nexus Player was intended to take on Roku, Fire TV and a slew of other popular TV streaming units. Read on to see how it stacks up...
Selecting an HDTV Antenna - Get an overview of how HDTV antennas work, what to look for and our recommended indoor and outdoor units.
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