Satellite Internet Comes Home with HughesNet Gen4

Posted by Dan Davis on Feb 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Just ask any internet provider, "Who has the best satellite internet service?" and the answer is pretty predictable...they do, of course! Is anyone actually going to say, "Well, ours is pretty good, but if you really want the best service available, then..."

Of course not...that's just bad business.

So how can you tell who is the best satellite internet provider? If you live in a rural area and your options are limited, you want to know exactly who's going to give you the best internet given the services available to you.

The question is, what kind of benchmark is out there to help you decide who ranks highest?

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Topics: Rural Internet

Commercial-Free TV Saves Time

Posted by Dan Davis on Feb 18, 2016 12:41:05 PM

Are you a TV fan?

It's tough to find someone who isn't. We spend a lot of time watching television, and with offerings like Dish TV's Hopper3 and the advent of 4K TV, there are lots of reasons to watch nowadays.

Unfortunately, everything comes with a price. In this case, the price we inevitably pay is called commercials. Take your favorite college football game for example; you're likely going to spend about an hour (more like 50 minutes and 5 seconds) watching them.

They're like annoying younger siblings that pop in and bother you from time to time. Sometimes they can be ignored, but often they become sincere pains.

You can't get up and do something during every commercial, so you end up watching, or at least hearing most of them.

Have you ever wondered how much time you actually spend watching commercials throughout your life? For that matter, have you ever thought about what else you could be doing with that time?

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Topics: Satellite TV, Featured

How Much Internet Data Do You Really Need?

Posted by Dan Davis on Feb 16, 2016 9:52:43 AM

Regardless of your path to the online world (mobile, cable, satellite etc.), you've probably got some sort of data plan; an allowance that you write a check for every month. You need this plan for internet access, but do you really know what's in it?

What does it all mean? Is 50GB better than 10GB? What is a GB anyway? The notion of bits, bytes and their abnormally large "Giga" relatives can be confusing; even daunting to most of us.

But how much internet data do you really need? Take heart; it's not as nefarious as you may think. It's really all about how much data you're allotted in a given time period.

That being said...

It's not necessarily the amount of data you have available, it's what you're doing with it that's key. With that in mind, here's a quick overview of where data goes in your online adventures, and how you can use it most effectively.

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Topics: Rural Internet

Conflict-Free TV With Hopper 3

Posted by Dan Davis on Feb 11, 2016 9:40:29 AM

Remember when everyone gathered around the single household TV and watched the same program at night? You know, back in the "olde tyme" TV days?

If not, there really was such a time...

Today, multiple televisions in a single household are the norm. With multiple sets however, digital recording can be a problem; options are limited by the capabilities of your set-top box.

What if you and your family could individually watch and record whatever you (or they) wanted; at the same time without scheduling or conflict hassles? To add to this, what if you could do this without any commercial interruptions?

Sounds great, doesn't it?

Well, it not only sounds great, it IS great. With the new Hopper3, you have an unprecented number of tuners; meaning independent TV recording choices for multiple viewers. With the PrimeTime Anytime feature, you have this benefit without network TV commercials.

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Topics: Satellite TV

What IS Ultra HD 4K TV?

Posted by Dan Davis on Feb 9, 2016 9:00:30 AM

Ultra HD 4K TV is out there now, and it's gathering momentum.

Everybody seems to want it, yet no one knows why. There's no question it's the hot ticket item, and it's a technology that's changing the rules when it comes to image quality.

It not only affects both large and small screens, but cameras and the image capturing world as well. It's leaving its mark on everything from smartphones and tablets to computer monitors and PC games. Add to this some complimentary technologies (like the Hopper 3) and now we're really on to something.

Before rushing off in a buying frenzy however, let's make sure we all understand the basics. What exactly is 4K and why should we care? Below, we'll take a look at what this new technology is, what it has to offer, and some of its down sides.

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Topics: Satellite TV

The Pros and Cons of Rural Internet

Posted by John Gardner on Feb 5, 2016 10:27:36 AM

Living in rural America is a dream, or a dream come true, for many people. Land and housing are cheaper, the view out the window is amazing and the world takes on a whole new dimension when city lights are left far behind.

But it comes with a price...

One of the challenges faced with rural living is the limited access to technology. Internet service providers are few, and data caps, a foreign concept to most of us, are a very real thing. Data caps are exactly that; a limit to the amount of data you're allowed to use in a given time period. This makes it real important to understand how to use your available allowance most effectively.

The good news is, you do have options. Knowing what is available, and the pros and cons of each can go a long way in getting the most out of your rural internet service.

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Topics: Rural Internet