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August 28, 2023 – 11:15 am
DirecTV Genie Whole-Home HD DVR Reviewed

DirecTV Genie Whole-Home HD DVR Reviewed

The DirecTV Genie HD DVR is a big step forward for the company. Jerry Del Colliano evaluates the Genie to see if there are any stumbles to go with those big steps DirecTV is taking. Read More

Dish Network Hopper Reviewed

Dish Network's Hopper has been a much talked about new receiver from the satellite provider. Andrew Robinson investigates all the features of this much touted new product from Dish Network. Read More

Terk FDTV2A Indoor HDTV Antenna Reviewed

There have been more HDTV antennas on the market to access HD television channels over the air. Adrienne Maxwell examines the Terk FDTV2A in this review to see how it does as a solution. Read More

Dish Network Hopper ReviewedHome Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

It's that time of year again. The Home Theater Review staff has looked over all of the year's impressive offerings - of which there were many - and narrowed it down to what they believe to be the best of 2012. Read More

Mohu Leaf Ltd. Indoor HDTV Antenna Reviewed

If you are looking for an easy, reliable over-the-air solution to get high definition channels to your high definition television, then the Mohu Leaf Ltd Indoor HDTV antenna is well worth your consideration. Read More

DirecTV HR24 Satellite Receiver and HD DVR Reviewed

Reviewer Adrienne Maxwell decided to upgrade her system with the DirecTV HR24 Satellite Receiver and HD DVR, and it proved to be quite the upgrade according to her review. Read More

Terk FDTV2A Indoor HDTV Antenna ReviewedAT&T U-verse DVR and Service Reviewed

U-verse is a fiber optic based broadband service capable of supplying high speed Internet, phone service and digital TV to residences. Overall reviews of the picture quality, especially in HD, were not very favorable and there was little to separate this product from the competition... Read More

TiVo Premiere HD DVR Reviewed

There are two models to consider here: the TiVo Premeire and the TiVo Premeire XL. It features a 320GB hard drive and provides up to 45 hours of HD recording. You can record up to two shows at the same time or watch one show while recording another. There are a ton of Web and networking friendly features... Read More

Moxi HD DVR Reviewed

Moxi has been making a name for itself in the DVR industry and we can see why. There are two and three tuner configurations available and this model features a 500GB hard drive with the ability to add more storage. It permits access to Netflix, Rhapsody, Hulu and many more and the service is free once you pay for the box... Read More

Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 AwardsSatellite/Cable Box & HD DVR Reviews

1.0 Overview
2.0 Satellite Access Cards

1.0 Overview
The satellite receiver is the same basic kind of component as the cable box, but is designed specifically for use with satellite HDTV systems. In the early days of satellite TV, DirecTV had other companies making their hardware. One of these companies was Sony, which used the very popular TiVo operating system for their early, standard-definition sat receivers and recorders. Once News Corp took over DirecTV, they abandoned technical support for TiVo, thus relegating the device to world of aftermarket cable boxes. Some of the early DirecTV HDTV recorders used TiVo, much to the pleasure of the end users. Today, MPG4 compressed satellite receivers (you need MPEG4 to get all of the 100-plus HDTV channels from the satellite providers) come with their own proprietary operating systems. Competing Dish Network DVRs also come with their own operating systems; they never used the TiVo system.
2.0 Satellite Access Cards
Unlike most cable boxes, a satellite receiver comes with a highly sophisticated access card that must be plugged into the front (or back, for older units) of a satellite receiver in order to get a signal. The code from the satellite receiver needs to be given to the satellite provider so that it can track the usage of the system and activate the signal. Years ago, hackers found a way to crack cable cards, allowing those feeling frosty to get any and every channel, movie and sports program. Satellite companies quickly caught up, leaving these users frequently missing all of their channels. Today, most users don't find it's worth playing the cat and mouse game of trying to cheat the satellite company out of some free channels, considering the legal and logistical ramifications.

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Speakers (1BYOS)
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PC Accessory (ARVICKA)
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USATV HDTV Outdoor Amplified Antenna HD TV 36dB Rotor Remote 360° UHF/VHF/FM 150 Miles
Speakers (USATV)
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Brightech Brightech - BrightPlay HD Live - HDMI Digital Wireless Transmitter & Receiver for HD 1080p Video Streaming
Speakers (Brightech)
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Home Improvement (1byone)
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