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Mar 29

Speeds like this use to require a tethered type connection ,like that of fiber optics. However, the goals of this new system aims to deliver monster speeds in the same way you watch TV. No Fiber Optics, no problem.


Mar 24

Find a better price online? Let the big chains know (Best Buy / Circuit City) and you may be surprised that they will honor or match prices to remain competitive.

Feb 23

If one wanted to get a glimpse of what the home market will look like, all you have to do is look at the current automobile market.

Feb 11

Over every other technical question the one I hear the most "Plasma or LCD, which should I buy?"


Feb 09

With George Bush expected to sign the economic stimulus plan bill: many are ear marking technology as their item to purchase.

Feb 03

Big changes are coming in television broadcasting. On February 17, 2009, all full power television stations are required to stop broadcasting in analog and continue broadcasting in digital only. This is known as the DTV transition.

Some consumers are asking why they need to switch. First, all-digital broadcasting will give needed communications channels to police, fire and emergency rescue personnel. It will also allow for new wireless services for consumers. In addition, since digital is more efficient than analog, it allows stations to broadcast several programs at the same time, instead of just one program with analog. This means broadcasters can offer consumers more choices. Digital also allows broadcasters to offer improved picture and sound quality, including high definition (HDTV) programming.

It is also important to know that the end of analog broadcasting does not mean that consumers must purchase new TVs, and you certainly don’t need an HDTV to watch digital broadcasts. If you currently receive over-the-air programming on an analog television using a broadcast antenna, either through “rabbit ears” on your set or an antenna on your roof, you will only need a digital-to-analog converter box to continue watching broadcast television on that set after February 17, 2009. These boxes will cost approximately $40 to $70, and will be available in stores in beginning in early 2008.

To help defray the cost of digital-to-analog converter boxes, each U.S. household can request up to two coupons, worth $40 each, to be used toward the purchase of eligible boxes. This coupon program is being administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). For more information on the coupon program visit www.dtv2009.gov or call 1-888-DTV-2009.

If you watch over-the-air programming on a DTV (a TV with a built-in digital tuner), you will not need a digital-to-analog converter box. Also, an antenna you use to receive analog broadcasts should work for receiving digital broadcasts, both on a DTV and on an analog TV connected to a digital-to-analog converter box.

If you subscribe to a paid television service such as cable or satellite TV, you will not need a digital-to-analog converter box, and the TVs connected to your paid service will continue to receive local broadcast programming. However, consumers are advised to check with their providers to see if they will need any additional equipment in the future.

For more information, call Digital Authority 208-377-7102 or visit their Web site at www.MyDigitalAuthority.com

Do I have it wrong? Feel free to comment (below). This is an open forum and all home related technology discussions are welcome and encouraged. If you have a question or would like more information on any of the topics discussed in this blog, email me- mike@mydigitalauthority.com 

Don't become a technology hostage.  We help those with technophobia to get technocozy.  Get exactly the technology you need with help from Digital Authority.   Boise Idaho's first unbiased and unaligned Home Technology Consultants- 

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Jan 23

What typically happens when there is no low-voltage guide for the homeowner when a service contractor is called?

Jan 18

The High Definition format war (Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD) appears to be over. But before I comment on that, let's discuss fiber to the home (FTTH). This is the techi-based amenity now being offered in a few new communities. Will this quickly end the need for the physical disk, no matter which format it is?

Dec 29

Did you know that you may already have high definition (HD) television and due to a misconfiguration may be stuck watching poor quality standard broadcast? If you've purchased a television within the last 4 years and you have either cable or satellite, there is a good chance you can watch many of the shows you enjoy today in High Definition. Here's how.

Nov 08

Stacy McBain of ValleyHomeStyle.com wrote a fun and very easy to read article concerning the current technology battles consumers are faced with today.

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