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3 Ways to Turn Your Laptop into a TV

By Greg Martinez / November 9, 2022

I’ve always separated work from pleasure, using my laptop for work and reading, and my television set for watching TV. But I’m going to show you a couple of hacks to turn your laptop into a TV. For most of these methods, you’ll need a PC laptop running some version of Windows.  You’ll also need […]


Why Did I Lose Channels on My Antenna?

By Greg Martinez / November 1, 2022

One day you’re watching TV and notice that a channel or two has disappeared for no apparent reason. TV reception problems on your antenna can be hard to diagnose, since unlike computer or car issues, you rarely see any message to explain sudden signal loss or degradation. One day the channel is there, and the […]


What Is the Difference between a UHF and a VHF Antenna?

By Greg Martinez / October 31, 2022

The main difference between a UHF and a VHF antenna is in the way it’s designed to each receive a specific frequency band: Nowadays TV antennas are rarely VHF only. Modern antennas will often receive some combination of both VHF and UHF — or they’ll be UHF only (the latter category includes indoor antennas). So […]


Who Can I Hire to Install a TV Antenna?

By Greg Martinez / October 26, 2022

By now you may have realized that installing a large TV antenna on the exterior of your home takes some planning and effort — in contrast to placing a little sleek flat-panel next to your TV and plugging it in for free channels. Maybe you’re not a DIY doyen who enjoys home improvement projects, or […]


Do I Need a Fire Stick for Each TV?

By Greg Martinez / October 24, 2022

An Amazon Fire TV Stick is a media player shaped like a USB stick that you plug into the back (HDMI port) of your television, which allows you to watch potentially thousands of movies and shows. If you haven’t bought one before, you might be wondering whether you need one for each television in your […]


How to Split a Coaxial Cable (While Minimizing Signal Loss)

By Greg Martinez / October 19, 2022

Usually a single coaxial cable is all you need to send over-the-air (OTA) signals from your outdoor TV antenna to your television. Or to connect your home with internet from the cable company. But what if you want to hook up your antenna to a second TV in another room? Then you can split the […]


How to Extend Your Coaxial TV Cable

By Greg Martinez / October 16, 2022

A coaxial cable is a type of cable (usually white) running down from your TV antenna to your television. It’s also used by the cable company to bring you cable TV and internet. There may be situations when you’ll want to extend a coaxial cable rather than just replace it with a longer one. For […]


10 Ways to Improve Your TV Reception

By Greg Martinez / October 9, 2022

Your TV antenna is receiving a few channels in crisp HD or 4K quality but you feel you could be getting more. How is it your neighbors are pulling in several more channels with their antenna than you are? You can do a couple of things to get better TV reception: you can change your […]


6 Causes of TV Antenna Interference That May Surprise You

By Greg Martinez / October 7, 2022

If you notice your TV channels disappearing one day, only to return later, then you’ve experienced interference of over-the-air (OTA) TV signals. Although interference manifests in only a few ways, like missing channels or a blank screen, the causes can be many. Broadly speaking, we can think about interference as originating from either outside or […]

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