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Julia Mattera

Julia serves as a marketing copywriter for Jasco. After years of working in higher education communications and marketing, she now enjoys developing consumer-focused product descriptions, easy-to-follow instructional guides, video scripts and blog posts to help educate others about the benefits of Jasco’s consumer electronics. During her off hours, Julia loves to spend time with her family and friends, photograph nature, stream her favorite shows – both old and new, and collect unique marbles. She is a mom of two wonderful kids and a loveable 130lb. St. Bernard/Shepherd mix who, despite his size, still likes to sit on her lap.

Recent Posts

Poor TV Reception? It May Not Be Your Antenna's Fault

Posted June 29, 2022 at 02:54 PM

In a perfect world, cutting the cord would mean plug-and-play perfection – just connect an antenna to your TV with some coax cable and you’re good to go, right? Well, if you’re planning to cut the cord or you’ve officially cut it but aren’t happy with the results, here are a few things to consider before ditching your antenna.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home, Cutting the Cord

4K HDMI 2.0 vs. 8K HDMI 2.1: Best-in-class gaming is here!

Posted May 2, 2022 at 03:39 PM

With the introduction of HDMI 2.1 gaming consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X, as well as a growing number of HDMI 2.1 AVRs, TVs and monitors, you can now upgrade your current setup to have the ultimate entertainment experience. While there’s little 8K content available at this time, you can still future-proof your home entertainment setup — and 8K HDMI 2.1 is the gateway to get there. Ultra-high-speed data transfer for lag-free gameplay, extreme audio, vibrant colors and crisp details are some of the more popular 8K HDMI 2.1 features that will let you fully engage in a stellar gaming experience.

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Topics: Around the Home

NextGen TV Is Here! Get Ready For Its Best Features

Posted December 15, 2021 at 11:08 AM

Just when you thought free, over-the-air TV couldn’t get any better, NextGen TV is popping up in select markets throughout the U.S. and includes many new features that will take your home entertainment experience to the next level.

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Topics: Around the Home, Cutting the Cord

Practical, easy-to-use gift ideas for your favorite seniors

Posted September 8, 2021 at 04:52 PM

Finding the perfect present for grandparents and other beloved seniors in your life can be challenging, especially if they already have everything they need. No matter the celebration, consider these practical gifts that are easy to use, helpful around the house and are sure to please.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

Make Life Easier with These Top-Selling, Innovative Universal Remotes

Posted August 4, 2021 at 08:56 AM

Necessity is the mother of invention, and when it comes to universal remotes, that’s true. Who doesn’t miss getting up from a comfy couch just to switch TV channels or adjust the volume? In the 1950s, Howard Manischewitz grew tired of television commercials being louder than the actual TV programs. So, he quickly came up with a solution that allowed him to turn off the audio without having to leave the comfort of his favorite chair. He called his new invention, “Blab-Off,” for obvious reasons. Universal remote controls have come a long way since the Blab-Off, and their evolution is certainly keeping up with the times. Two of the most recent innovative universal remotes include a companion remote and a Bluetooth programmable remote. What sets them apart are their amazing bonus features that are sure to save time and make your life easier.

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Topics: Around the Home, Cutting the Cord

How To Mount Your TV In 4 Easy Steps

Posted April 21, 2021 at 02:48 PM

Whether you’re redesigning your living space or bringing home the new star of your entertainment center, the decision to mount your flat-screen TV on the wall can be daunting. In reality, it’s actually a pretty easy DIY project. In fact, we’ve broken it down into four basic steps. But first, it’s important to select the right TV mount based on your specific TV and how you want the mount to function in your space.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

Bias Lighting 101: Get More From Your Home Entertainment with BackLighting

Posted December 2, 2020 at 05:41 PM

As streaming options continue to soar, more and more people are staying in to enjoy their favorite movies and shows. For those of us who like to up the ambiance while viewing our favorite shows, what better way to do that than to lower the lights and dish up some buttery popcorn goodness to replicate the movie-theater experience? However, did you know that watching TV or even playing video games in the dark can cause eyestrain and lead to headaches? There is a solution, and it's called bias lighting.

The science and benefits of bias lighting are fascinating, so I'll touch on the highlights, as well as an innovative way you can easily incorporate bias lighting into your home entertainment setup. For greater insight and details, download our free Bias Lighting Guide.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Around the Home, News, Cutting the Cord

How To Update Your Home So You Can Safely Age In Place

Posted September 14, 2020 at 02:33 PM

Quality of life — it’s a phrase we’ve all heard, but for those of us heading into retirement or who have loved ones advancing into their golden years, it’s a determining factor in choosing where to live. From retirement communities to independent or assisted living facilities, options abound. However, according to an AARP survey, almost 90% of those over the age of 65 want to stay in the comfort of their own home and age in place. And who can blame them? It certainly makes sense and is a budget-friendly option. As you or your loved ones make plans to age at home, check out these helpful products and home modification ideas to help create a safe and accommodating living space for years to come.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home

Don't get caught in the storm: How to be weather aware

Posted May 1, 2020 at 10:11 AM

Knowledge is power, and when severe weather is in the forecast, staying on top of storm prediction updates and weather conditions not only helps us prepare and stay safe, but also gives us peace of mind, which can greatly reduce storm-related anxiety. These days, it’s fairly easy to access weather information, but here are our top picks for keeping an eye—or ear—on the weather while you're at home, in the office or on the go.

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Topics: How To, Safety & Security, Cutting the Cord

Now is the Best Time for Free TV | Plan to Rescan: Part Three

Posted April 8, 2020 at 11:43 AM

Budgets are tight, and in some cases, they're getting tighter. Believe me, I understand. If you’re not already one of the millions of cord-cutters who have said goodbye to cable and satellite service, now is as good a time as any!

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Topics: How To, News