Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
HD is still the format that everyone wants more of, even though it is already a few years old. Thanks in large part to the fact that it is a very advanced format requiring special TVs and other equipment to get, the conversion to HD has not been an overnight phenomenon. Especially at first, it seemed like it was fairly difficult to get much in the way of high definition programming and, even now, if you don't choose the right TV provider, you still won't have much of a selection. However, there are companies that are providing very substantial HD packages that provide a very large array of programming types and plenty of HD channels to keep you satisfied for most of your programming. Dish Network is one of the first that comes to mind because, with its recent addition of TurboHD, the company has taken high definition programming to the next level.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Despite recent technological developments the competition between the cable TV and satellite TV industries remains intense. Both sides argue that they provide the superior service, but which one really has the technology to back it up? Which one does a better job of paying attention to the needs of its subscribers? Answering these questions is central to making a decision about which type of service to go with, but how is a consumer supposed to sort it all out? One way is to look at a breakdown between the services that are offered by a typical satellite TV provider like Dish Network and the typical cable TV provider.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
DVR technology has had a big impact on the way that people can watch TV these days. That's because it uses many of the best features of computers to record TV shows so that you can watch those TV shows at a time that's more convenient for you than the time that they are scheduled to be broadcast. Moreover, Dish Network can be a good resource for DVR needs because it has been so innovative in finding new and more practical uses for DVR technology.
First of all, it wouldn't hurt to define DVR technology in order to be sure that you have a good idea of what the technology can do and how it can benefit you. A DVR is essentially a digital TV receiver that has a hard drive added to it along with special software. The software makes it so that the device can record TV shows as they come into your home and the hard drive stores those TV shows for later playback. As you can see, it's a lot like a VCR that uses computer components instead of video cassette tapes.
Dish Network's DVR technology produces a number of additional differences between the DVR and the VCR. The most impressive difference would probably have to be the process through which the devices are programed. VCR's had to be programed to record off of specific channels at specific times in order to record what you wanted to watch when you couldn't be around to watch it. This required you to follow a specific set of difficult to understand instructions and use a text based interface. By contrast, Dish Network's DVR's use the Dish Interactive Electronic Program Guide as a graphic user interface. This means that instead of punching in numbers and hoping that the device knows what you want it to do, you simply have to select the program that you want recorded and press the “Record” button and let the DVR do the rest.
In addition to being easier to program, Dish Network builds several other benefits into their DVR's as well. One of them is the ability to record hundreds of hours of video onto a single hard drive. The real total depends on the model, but it can vary anywhere from fifty hours of HDTV for an HDTV model, to one hundred hours of standard def TV for the bottom of the line model, to three hundred and fifty hours of standard def on the top of the line HDTV model! That's obviously a big improvement over the video cassette tape that let you record up to six hours of video if you were willing to put up with a grainy picture.
Many models of Dish Network's DVR's are also capable of taking advantage of external USB hard drives to expand their video storage capacity, record more than one program at a time, and download recorded programs to a portable video device called the Pocket Dish. DVR technology is also used by Dish Network to provide you with video on demand options.
There are definitely some impressive applications of DVR technology through Dish Network.